I was struck a couple of weeks ago with some thoughts which I turned into an article. I'm not really sure if it is appropriate for a SOTT focus article or not, and in any case, after noodling away with it for a few days, I now find myself a bit too close to the material to judge it correctly. I would appreciate a few extra eyes and minds to give it a sound critique and if it passes that crucible, then some proof editing and some suggestions as to what I ought to do with it...
I'll post it here for collective consideration. Thank-you all in advance for your energies. . .
~~~~~~~~~~~~The Grandfather Paradox Solved ~or~ Hyper-Dimensionality for Dummies.
Okay first of all, please pardon the silly title. I had to debate with my ego on that one. It likes the attention. (It quieted down some when I explained that I was the dummy). Anyway, I decided that the possible merits of this offering warranted a grabby headline.
I think I might have worked out a number of puzzles surrounding the concept of Time in a manner which is easy to understand for those not versed in Quantum Mathematics.
A bit of background. . .
In trying to wrap my head around the idea of Time Loops, I found myself re-reading a number of forum threads on the subject of Time. As might be expected, the worn and weathered idea of the Grandfather Paradox popped up, but this time, rather than give it a respectful nod before moving on, it stuck with me.
--Then I received one of those rare flashes of idea which intrigued me to the point where I decided to chase it down. That is, I thought and thought until I got dizzy and sleepy, so I lay down and thought and thought some more, and finally fell asleep. Then I dreamed
that I was puzzling over the question. (This has never happened before.) And suddenly. . , I arrived at an answer. (Several actually). I awoke with a flash of energy, and now I am writing this.Don't Shoot Grandpa! (It's not nice, and everybody's brain will ache.)
For anybody unfamiliar with the term, the "Grandfather Paradox" refers to an old thought exercise wherein the question is posed, "What would happen if you traveled back in time and killed your own grandfather?"
The notion being that if you were to kill your own grandfather, you would prevent yourself from ever having been born and thus render it impossible to have killed your own grandfather. Paradox!
This kind of logical problem and others like it have intrigued and puzzled people considering the idea of Time Travel for many years; everybody from theoretical physicists to casual daydreamers have spent a lazy afternoon pondering the Grandfather Paradox.
Now, it has been suggested that a 4th Density being is able to travel through 'Time' as a basic function of its biology, and may do so as easily as we here in 3rd Density are able to cross the street. For us, Time travel seems a far-out, sci-fi concept due to its being both beyond our immediate ability and yet within reach of our imagination. From our perspective here in 3rd Density, the Grandfather Paradox becomes a pressing and relevant question.
Theoretical/Mathematical Physicist, Prof. Arkadiusz Jadczyk puts it this way. . .
A "Causal Loop" means the same thing as "Time Loop." It can be described as going into the future and ending up where you started at the original time and place. It is called "Causal" because, in Einstein's Theory of Relativity, Time is a relative concept and different observers can experience Time differently, so the term "causal" is used to avoid using the term "time."
But, little by little, it was realized that causal - or Time - loops CAN appear in other solutions of Einstein field equations as well - usually they correspond to some kind of "spinning" of the universe.
Causal loops make time travel not only possible, but probable. But then, causal loops lead to unacceptable logical paradoxes, and physics does not like such paradoxes at all - they are a serious problem!
(From Arkadiusz' introduction to the Cassiopean transcripts)
A quick tour of the web demonstrates that serious thinkers have in fact come up with a number of approaches to understand and deal with the problem, variously involving quantum mechanics, probability curves, multiple-universes theories and the like. While these approaches appear to be both fascinating and useful, they have little to do with where I am going. . .
However, while the answers I’ve written down seem fairly simple to me, those answers and the path which led to them are rather wound up together, so I'm going to detail the logical process used to reach them rather than simply blurt out my version of, "42" (as per pop sci-fi/humor author Douglas Adams' infamous joke-solution to Life the Universe and Everything.)
So here goes. . . (I should mention that this essay has been tuned for readers of the SOTT forum and does rely on pre-existing concepts. If, for instance, you are not familiar with the term, "Density" then you would benefit from exploring those waters, but you should still be able to follow along here somewhat.)Meditating Under a Tree. . .
I have found it instructive when grappling with conceptual problems posed by 4th Density reality, to move one's perspective down the Density ladder to 2nd Density and try to think of similar problems from the viewpoint of a being living in that simpler realm. I generally use a Tree as my 2nd Density subject in these mental exercises; Trees just seem to fit nicely, and they’re easy to talk about with others.
Now, a Tree is very limited in both its range of awareness and its ability to move through reality. While, as we have noted, a 4th Density being is able to travel through Time as easily as a 3rd Density human can cross the street, the humble Tree can do neither, being rooted to a single point in space.
Indeed, how might the concept of "Crossing the Street" seem in the awareness of a Tree. . ? If, for the sake of argument, we allow that a Tree is able to think about such things, then to that Tree, the basic human ability of standing up and walking around might seem as astonishing an idea as Time Travel appears to us. It might cry, “Moving around on the X, Y and Z axes? From one location to another? That's pure sci-fi! Why, you'd need some sort of. . , Location Machine!”
Let's consider that. Let's pause our 3rd Density thinking process and really try to see this from the Tree's perspective. . .Blowing in the Wind.
How would a Tree perceive a Human?
If you were a Tree, with no brain or organs capable of decoding complex light patterns into an experience resembling human sight, you would effectively be blind, --though you would not think of yourself as blind because you will have never experienced sight, nor would you have any idea that sight might be possible in the manner experienced by humans. Your biology simply doesn’t allow for it. At best, you might be able to rationally project in a purely academic manner what it might be like to see, but it would otherwise be utterly beyond you. So if a human were standing next to you, and you had no eyes or ears, how would you perceive that human?
If a human were to come along and brush some of your leaves, how would you experience that? Would it be any different than say, a gust of wind blowing through the forest?
I remember once walking with a Kung Fu master through the city, and the trees all around us were blowing crazily in every direction. In a stand of trees along the side of the road, one would blow wildly while the others would remain still. Then that tree would stop blowing quite suddenly and then another would start. There were countless cross winds wobbling sign posts and tousling bushes. It was chaotic. At the time, I'd been pondering the idea of spirits and ethereal beings, and seeing that wind behave as such, I was struck by a thought. I asked, "How much of that is real wind and how much is something else?"
The Kung Fu master blinked at me with some surprise; he'd been absorbed in the world around him in a way most people rarely are. He had told me often that he was able to see the energetic/spirit world constantly around him. So he thought for a moment and then explained, "Do you feel that constant force of air flowing past us?" I did. "That's the wind. All that other stuff," he indicated the swirling bushes, trees and rattling sign posts, "Those are other things. There's a lot of activity today."
The wind is an invisible force affecting us. We see the effects, but we do not see the force. To a tree, biologically incapable of seeing or hearing us, perhaps all it can experience is the effect we have upon it. We are, for all intents and purposes, invisible to that tree. By virtue of our existence higher up the Density ladder, we are in effect invisible, not because we aren't there, but because it takes a certain amount of complex biology as expressed through DNA to understand that we are present.
So. . , 4th Density beings are invisible to us, but I suspect from the above exercise, (if there is any sort of regularity to the pattern), that the reason we cannot see creatures of 4th Density is due to similar reasons. We simply don’t have the necessary biology. Our DNA just doesn’t express enough of itself to give us the ability to sense into or affect reality on that level. We are as blind to 4th Density as the Trees are to 3rd.
So, how does any of this help with dead Grandfathers?
Okay. Well, for the sake of further argument, let's say that our thinking Tree is also a science fiction author scripting stories for other Trees and that it has just thought up an idea for its next story. It has decided to tell a story about the fictional mad science of, Location Travel!
--The hero in the story is able to somehow move between around in space rather than exist for an entire life rooted still. Now, let us assume that this Tree has also come upon an exciting philosophical paradox relating to that idea. A paradox just as alarming and fascinating to its audience as the Grandfather Paradox is to us! --The kind of problem it might orbit an entire story around while writing its popular masterpiece, "Back to the Forest."
So far, so good, right? I thought so as well, except this is where my thinking ran foul. . .
Our Tree author might ask, "Well, if a Tree were to use a Location Machine to move around freely around on the the X, Y and Z axes, then it would conceivably have the ability to pick up a chain saw, bend over and, horrors, cut itself down! What would happen if it did that? Why, it would die, but then. . , if it were dead, it would no longer be able to chop itself down! Whoa! Paradox!"
And yes, I hear you. That’s a really lame duck of an example; silly and not terribly impressive. But it was also the best comparative example I was able to come up with, and believe me, I spent quite a while trying to think of something good.
Then, as I considered it, the more intrigued I became, exactly because I couldn't
think of anything which seemed similar to the Grandfather Paradox in essence; that is, if a Tree was suddenly granted arms and legs, what action could it take in that new realm of possibility which would have paradoxical consequences resulting in its own destruction?
Nadda! I could think of no paradoxes at all. Though, I could think of plenty of courses of action which would be self-destructive.
And THAT was interesting!
If we turn it around, we can ask, "What if the Grandfather Paradox
is actually just as silly and obvious when considered from 4th Density as the Chop Yourself Down Paradox
appears to us on 3rd?"
What if there is no paradox at all? What if the apparent paradox is simply the result of cognitive limitations? What if it's all simply a matter of cause and effect? --If you kill yourself, you stop existing. Simple as that.
After all, the paradox isn't restricted to grandfathers. The puzzle works the same way if we conjecture that you go back in time and shoot yourself before you entered the time machine. You'd get the same result. You'd be dead.
"But then you couldn't have gone back in time to shoot yourself! It would never have happened, and you'd still be alive. See? Paradox!"
To which the 4th Density being might respond, "No. I don't see. If you went back and shot yourself, you'd be dead. That's the shape reality would take from the moment you pull the trigger. The end. You don't get another try. In 4th Density, we call this, Suicide. It's not recommended. Neither is shooting your grandparents. Your little scenario is no more paradoxical than the idea of drawing a chain saw across your mid section."
After all. . , there is no, "Traveling through time" to begin with. Time, as we are told over and over again, doesn't exist. It is an illusion. A perceptual artifact resulting from the way our brains function.Parallel Processing.
Confused? Unconvinced? I don’t blame you. But I promised that I would make this easy to understand, and so I offer the following. . .
This mental exercise I find useful to see behind the illusion of 'Time'. Please consider. . .
1. Your brain existed five minutes ago.
2. Your brain exists now.
3. The information drawn through the senses during each of those two periods is stored. Our brains are biologically capable of doing this.
4. Now. . , WHAT IF your brain did not process the information from those two points in sequence. WHAT IF instead your brain was designed to process that information all at once?
5. What would you perceive? Five minutes ago and Now would effectively appear to be the same moment.
6. And where in that moment would 'Now' be? How would we be able to tell?
7. Now extend that principal backwards through all moments through your life, right to your birth, every moment stored and available to the conscious mind in parallel with every other moment. Your body, your entire being is now more than a simple animal represented in one frame of reference; it extends across "Time" and you are aware of it all. What a fudge! What a cloud of conflicting images. What a mess for the consciousness!
8. Except. . , maybe not. -In the same way that our 3rd Density bodies are large and complex, with noses, eyes, feet and hair and knees and elbows and stomachs. . , we have it all available to our awareness, but we do not focus on it all at once.
9. So WHAT IF the 4th Density being treats its cross-time body in the same way we treat our 3rd Density bodies. We focus our attention on specific spots. On a nose or a finger tip, letting all the rest fade into the backs of our minds until we feel the need to focus on our scalp or our knee, and so on.
10. Is THIS time travel? Simply focusing attention on oneself in different frames of reference? Does the 4th Density being focus on itself and its environment in 1980 in the same way the 3rd Density being would focus on an elbow?
The neat thing about this concept is that it's all just a matter of biology. We don't need to bend spacetime or open worm holes. If the human brain was just wired a bit differently, if it had the capabilities, this type of perception could work. -Of course, this is all based on the assumption that, "There is no Time, All is Now." -Which I can't prove is the case, but it seems to me based on all the information available for cross analysis that this assertion is likely to be true.
Anyway. . .
To carry on the thought process. . .
1. If we accept that Time does not exist, and. . ,
2. If we accept that we can still DO things, (like move around, pick up and use objects), then by extension, we accept that the rules of Cause and Effect exist without the necessity of Time.
3. Example: If we had a block of clay, we could squish it with our hands one hour ago, and at the same moment, 'Now', observe the result of it being squished. It might appear to deform right before our eyes even though our actions affected it one 'hour' earlier.
4. If then we decided we didn't like the deformed shape, we could half an hour ago re-form the clay back into a block. This too we would observe happening right before our eyes.
5. Each action we perform upon the world would change the shape of our reality, and we would perceive that change immediately.
We have experienced in the 'Now' two states for the block of clay, both squished and square, and they both existed right in the same frame of reference
6. Now presumably, (I'm guessing here a little further out on a thin branch), the conscious 4th Density mind must be able to put an order to its conscious thoughts; that is, one decision or idea must come after the previous one, and before the next, etc. In this sense, there would be a second layer of the illusion of "Time" in 4th Density which is very different from our own. (I seem to recall such a thing being referred to in the transcripts. There appears to be a means of time measurement in 4th Density which always confused me in the past, but with this theory makes more sense.)
Anyway. . . Back to de-constructing the Time Travel Paradox. Let's finish it off now; imagine. . .
1. You are a 4th Density being.
2. Pick a moment. They're all happening at once, so it's simply a matter of focusing in on one of them, perhaps in the same way a 3rd Density being might decide to focus attention on a toe or an elbow or one hand. Let's say you focus on yourself at Noon, June 26th 2010.
3. In that moment of June 26th 2010, you decide to, "Go back in Time" and shoot yourself.
4. So you re-focus your attention to, say, Midnight, April 1st 1990 and there pick up a gun and shoot yourself in the head.
5. If we accept Cause and Effect, we know that the shape of our head, like the block of clay, would take on the shape of having been blasted apart by a bullet.
6. Your head, in this shape, is no longer be able to play host to a soul matrix. Your soul would be forced to leave, your body would be dead.
7. Your body in every moment forward from that point would update with this result of your actions. You would no longer exist to make any more changes, and that would be the end of your influence in the world.8. There is no paradox here, because there was no actual time travel, nor any possibility of time travel because there is no Time.
According to this model, the "Go Back In Time And Kill Yourself" paradox can be seen to be no different than the Tree's "Chop Yourself Down" paradox. There only appears to be a paradox when things are viewed from a perspective which happens to be missing the required perceptive abilities and knowledge.
Interestingly, I've found that many of the classical paradoxical situations in our world work like this. "How do you get a job with no job experience?" "How do you get a credit card with no credit history." From a simple and limited perspective, such problems seem insurmountable, but when one's awareness grows robust and the details fill in, paths and solutions become evident and it turns out that there was never any paradox at all.Metaphysics in 4th Density.
So, if any of the ideas offered above are valid, then it is possible that those 4th Density predators who strive to make our lives so difficult here in 3rd Density, are not actually traveling through time at all. They are not bending the fabric of spacetime and they are not opening up worm holes in order to tinker with our past. They are simply exercising their bodies and minds in the manner their biology makes both obvious and natural. And if biology works there as it does here, then it probably works without a great deal of conscious thought; like our lungs or hearts, or the way our legs just know how to move us around. These miraculous 4th Density time-travelers may very well be running purely on instinct. They may not be aware of themselves at all beyond mechanical thought patterns. How interesting! I wonder if there is a 4th Density Gurdjieff locked in combat with the mechanical nature of the 4th Density world. . ?
But if time travel is not performed with high technology in 4th Density, if it is a matter of naturally occurring biology rather than inventions designed in a lab, does this mean we are wasting our efforts in attempts to understand the nature of time and reality through the various theories offered up by our own 3rd Density physics professors and mathematicians?
Ha ha! Of course not. Quite the opposite; such explorations are of extraordinary value. Math is truly universal; one plus one equals two no matter where you happen to exist in the universe, and mathematical probability curves can be used to measure and understand reality no matter which density or dimension you happen to occupy. Just because we may not need the energy of a collapsing star to open a worm hole in order to travel through time does not mean that worm holes are not an intriguing idea, or even an absolute possibility. --Perhaps even a necessity in some branch of technology somewhere.
We have been told that there is a difference between Dimensions and Densities. We have had "Window Fallers" described to us. We have had every indication that technology in 4th Density is amazing and powerful, and our attempts to unravel the paradoxes of Time Travel, while perhaps confused by false assumptions among many orthodox science researchers resulting from our primitive human biology and awareness, result nonetheless in valuable explorations into the workings of the universe. Into, perhaps, the very bones blood and heartbeat of God.
Because, even though a 4th density being might prowl with great facility through our reality, shaping and grooving our world according to its whim in ways which affect us directly and deeply but of which we are nearly completely oblivious. . , if that astonishing being unplugs from objective reality and acts according to purely instinctive, ego-driven behavior, then it risks the same forces of self-limitation and even possible self-destruction we do. Thus, even our limited 3rd Density attempts to learn using every means open to us, puts us on the high road up the mountain of awareness.Healthy Living in 3rd and 4th Density.
Eating a bag of Doritoes and drinking a can of Pepsi instead of having a proper meal might excite the taste buds and satisfy one's immediate hunger, but it's not doing your 3rd Density body any favors. Repeat that meal choice often enough, and you'll surely start to feel the effects of many toxins permeating your body. It might even take you to an early grave. Similarly, driving without a seat belt, or a biking without a helmet are also risky choices. And pointing a gun at your head and pulling the trigger is a definite no-no. Better to eat healthy and not play with firearms.
And regardless of where you live, in 4th Density or otherwise, it would likely behoove residents to treat their grand parents with some respect, paradoxes or not.
Thank you for your time!