Infinity Imagined
Multicellular Organic
Neural Network
Lives in Nitrogen-Oxygen Atmosphere
270 K - 300 K
Eats, Breathes, Thinks, Creates
The 3-dimensional shadow of a rotating 4-dimensional hypercube or “Tesseract”.
Because we are 3-dimensional beings, we cannot directly imagine 4-dimensional objects.  To perceive them, we must image their 3-dimensional ‘shadows’ by removing one dimension of space.  As a mental exercise, try to imagine the shape of a planetary orbit or a dividing cell in this Cartesian space.
ordinarywiseguy asked: that last image is wrong, you know?

I assume you’re speaking of this image, which shows the trailing orbits of the planets behind the sun.  The part which is incorrect is where it says we are “spiraling”.  A popular youtube video describes this as a “vortex”, which is also incorrect.  The animation has been thoughtfully debunked by Phil Plait of bad astronomy.  A more correct term would be ‘traveling in a helical path’.

I am disappointed that neither the original animation or the debunking describe what I consider to be a very important point; the orbit of any moon, planet, or star forms a helix, when you consider that the direction it is traveling is in a time dimension.

We are living on a beautiful organic spaceship that is traveling through the Universe.


“Everything that you know, literally your entire world, exists on the surface of a small rock spiraling around a star, 93 million miles away. Travelling more than a million miles everyday through the galaxy.”
When I first looked back at the Earth, standing on the Moon, I cried.

In looking out upon the world, we forget that the world is looking at itself.

—Alan Watts

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