I was thinking about a post of InWorship’s that he wrote had ‘no point’, which some took to read as being about ‘nothing’.
I was able to put a different perspective on it (he actually said a heck of a lot when saying ‘nothing’ and there was more of a point, or several points, than he implied) and that got me to ‘thinking’ along these ‘lines’…
What is the point to ‘nothing’?
Nothing is a circle.
A circle is (mathematically) an infinite set of points all equidistant from a common point – the ‘centre’.
Circles have neither beginning nor end.
A circle is a line that has both opposite ends meeting at one point.
Mathematically, there are actually an infinite number of points between any two points, no matter how close together they get; you can always fit another point between them.
A line (set of points in one dimension) is free to extend to infinity in both directions.
A line can contain an infinite number of smaller ‘finite length’ lines. This is in just ONE ‘dimension’. ( an infinity of infinity’s)
A plane (the sheet of paper like type not the flying kind) can contain an infinite number of such infinite lines (in just 2 dimensions: an infinity of infinitys, squared).
There can be an infinite number of these planes and lines in what we understand as ‘3 dimensional’ space. (Infinity of infinity’s cubed)
Now it starts getting ‘weird’…
There can be an infinite number of 3 dimensional spaces and planes and lines in 4 dimensional space-time! ( Einstein showed how the fourth dimension, ‘time’, can be interchanged with any of the 3 known dimensions!)
Many mathematicians and physicists believe it does not ‘end’ there!
It is theoretically possible (probable even!) that there are an infinite number of 4 D space-times in 5 D space-time-…?
And so on…
Many think at least 10 dimensions and perhaps 26 dimensions are ‘necessary’ to fully ‘explain’ the Universe!!! but that those above 3D have all ‘curled up’ and so are essentially ‘invisible’.
Most of us struggle with working/living in just three, let alone four, or more.
To give the non-mathematicians amongst us a glimpse of how this could be possible…
Picture a telephone wire hanging in the air between two poles.
To us the wire ‘appears’ to be one dimensional – a mere line. A whole bunch of tiny ‘dots’ touching each other in space along a single ‘axis’.
Now picture it from the point of view of an ant walking along it.
The ant is able to walk ‘left’ and right’ but can also go ‘around’ or do both at the same time and wander around and along the line. This is actually impossible for us to do with a simple ‘line’ but it gives you the general idea involved.
Now take that telephone line and make a coil with it – imagine all the ways the ant is free to wander about in 3 D space, while to us it just looks like a 2 D circle. Add more coils – one on top of the other – making something looking like a plain cylinder that to us has just two ‘sides’ an inside and an outside surface… to the ant it is so much more than that. The ant was once forced to move roughly in one of two directions with a slight ‘twist’ possible. Now it can ‘leap’ from one surface to another and miss out so much of the length of space it was confined to before. It can do what was previously ‘impossible’.
What if our space is curved like the telephone coils and we are like ants? Just what is actually ‘possible’ now?
The scientific reason we don’t get to ‘see’ these other dimensions in space in our ‘normal’ 3 D world is because these other extra dimensions have ‘curled’ up. Curled up so tiny in fact, we cannot detect them by physical means. They would be almost infinitely smaller than a single atom! That does not mean they don’t exist or have any purpose – or ‘point’, however.
Many explanations of Quantum Mechanics don’t ‘make sense’ unless these dimensions DO exist!
You’ll just have to trust me on that – or look it up for yourselves! But don’t expect it to make a lot of sense if you are not all that good at maths or physics!
What was the point?
Really just to show the kinds of things i can think about while in the shower, but also to offer a more ‘scientific’ view of where God may exist and how not everything is as simple as it might seem to an untrained human eye.