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Would You Like Extra Dimensions With That?

Posted by Sunday on May 7, 2008 at 10:46 pm in Weird Science

Apologies to those who know me and have before endured my rant about this video, but I can’t help myself. I watch this thing over and over again, each time getting a little closer to forming my brain into a torus.

In summary, it is a sort of ad and/or visual tool for a book by a gentleman named Rob Bryanton. Touted as a musician foremost (and possessing one seriously suspicious Wikipedia page), I found myself confused when first looking through his website. Is he a quantum physicist? Trained in string theory? No? I clucked at him in disapproval – another What the Bleep Do We Know to make quantum science look like New Age wankery.

But a story emerged that interested me: after a near-death experience and a prolonged exposure to prescription morphine, Bryanton mused on a longtime mental image that he’d had of seven dimensions, a way of visually demonstrating the concept so that someone might grok it. So that while his book might be a metaphysical musing on the nature of perception and the universe, I still appreciate the video as a unique example of how exciting string theory and dimensional study might be. The more I read his writing, the more I like his mellow, creative and exploratory mind-experiments. And while I may not agree on many fronts (there are times when the word “meditation” makes me want to punch myself in the neck), Bryanton always strikes me as an ideal dinner guest; anyone who can talk about universal patterns and not make my theology-hackles rise seems like a good conversationalist to me.

Rob Bryanton’s website for his book “Imagining the Tenth Dimension.”
Rob Bryanton’s personal blog.

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May 7th, 2008 | Weird Science

2 Responses to “Would You Like Extra Dimensions With That?”

  1. xadrian Says:

    This is one of my favorite videos. It’s as though Shel Silverstein were writing about String Theory.

    Have you read Michio Kaku’s Hyperspace? I can’t recommend that one enough.

  2. halcyon Says:

    Fascinating.Much better explanation than anything Hawking ever wrote.

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