145 – On Dimensions …

We tend to think of dimensions almost exclusively under the perspectives of physics and mathematics (two dimensions, three dimensions, ten dimensions). But there are other dimensions, like the dimensions of the atoms and the cells from which we are made, the dimensions of the earth’s environment in which we exist and evolve, and the dimensions of the stars and galaxies in which we are embedded.

A dimension, to me, is what is perceived as the ‘environment’ with which we not only interact but that determines our composition and configuration. But although all the dimensions in our Universe are intimately intertwined with each other, we are unable to perceive the connections without the assistance of scientific instruments. It is thus that the fact that they are all interconnected is imperceptible to us.

We live in a multi-scaled Universe – spheres within spheres within spheres – in which the components of the macroscopic dimensions (solar systems, galaxies) are interwoven with the components of the microscopic dimensions (atoms, molecules) through the sharing of a universal blueprint that, without regards to size or level of complexity, maps their development with a degree of freedom in adaptation.

The properties of this universal blueprint (self-organization, self-generation, bonding, self-regulation, adaptation, self-perpetuation, transformation), are reiterated throughout the entire Universe at increasing and decreasing scales in individual and in congregations of systems.

But although dimensions are interconnected, they can be imperceptible from each other. The dimension of the atomic particles is imperceptible from the human dimension, and the human dimension is imperceptible from the dimension of our solar system – just try as you may to find any hint of us in the picture of earth (arrow)* taken by the Cassini spacecraft from the rings of Saturn.



Similarly, the dimension of a neuron in our brains is as imperceptible from the dimension of the human being as our dimension is imperceptible from the dimension of a neuron. And yet, as we well know, they are intimately intertwined – neurons are catalysts for change in us, as we are catalysts for change in them. It is thus conscious self-awareness has brought perhaps something entirely new into the Universe.

The recurrent pattern of the universal blueprint emerges at all scales, intertwining the components of all the dimensions and creating symmetry across the entire Universe; a symmetry that, although we are not yet capable to perceive, enfolds the fact that a supple pre-determination with a degree of self-determination (a degree of choice) is universal yet relative to the dimension in which individual systems, as well as congregation of them, exist and evolve.

Besides the dimensions of physics and mathematics, there are many other dimensions which, in the words of Margaret Cavendish insightful poem below, may be imperceptible from each other yet intimately interwoven.

Of Many Worlds in This World by Margaret Cavendish:

Just like as in a nest of boxes round,/Degrees of sizes in each box are found:/So, in this world, may many others be/Thinner and less, and less still by degree:/Although they are not subject to our sense,/A world may be no bigger than two-pence./Nature is curious, and such works may shape,/Which our dull senses easily escape:/For creatures, small as atoms, may there be,/If every one a creature’s figure bear./If atoms four, a world can make, then see/What several worlds might in an ear-ring be:/For, millions of those atoms may be in/The head of one small, little, single pin./And if thus small, then ladies may well wear/A world of worlds, as pendents in each ear.

*  nasa.gov

Revised September 2020

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