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Eats, Breathes, Thinks, Creates

Neural Network

Lives in Nitrogen-Oxygen Atmosphere

270 K - 300 K

Eats, Breathes, Thinks, Creates

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The universe is the mirror in which we can contemplate only what we have learned to know in ourselves.

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I live on Earth at present, and I don’t know what I am. I know that I am not a category. I am not a thing – a noun. I seem to be a verb, an evolutionary process – an integral function of the universe.

urvogel asked: so with the cartesian space picture, is it implying that, because the cone of past and future light only become 'focused' (pointed) on the "present" moment, that past and future light becomes more dispersed? or am i overthinking it? i understand the concept that time as a dimension becomes relative to the viewer- and it goes without saying that light, the farther it goes out (or "farther into the future") becomes more dispersed across space and time. love your tumblr btw :)

At each moment, light (as well as electromagnetism and gravitational force) is coming towards you from every direction, in a sphere around you. The light has left its location at different times, from the Moon; 2 seconds ago, the Sun; 8 minutes ago, Vega; 25 years ago, Andromeda; 2 million years ago and so on. You could imagine a set of concentric spheres, each one containing a part of the universe you are experiencing. The greater the radius of the sphere, the farther back in time you experience that part. In the diagram this is represented as the “past light cone”; each ‘sphere’ becomes a circular slice of that cone. The present moment of each location in spacetime is the focused intersection or standing wave pattern of all waves and forces originating within the past light cone of that location. Likewise, all electromagnetic and gravitational waves and forces traveling into the future of the present are ‘dispersed’ relative to the observer by the inverse square law; intensity is proportional to 1/(distance²). For example, all the light the bounced off of a pterosaur 200 million years ago and passed through Earths atmosphere is still out there, traveling, 200 million light years away. It is incredibly diffuse, you would need to construct a telescope billions of light years across to create an image, but the information still exists.

For forces that travel at light speed, we only experience and effect the surface of the light cones. Matter, which travels at less than light speed through space, influences us and is effected by us within the volume of the light cones. **All matter and forces travel at light speed, but in different dimensions.** Light is restricted to space dimensions, and does not experience time. Matter travels at light speed primarily through time, and can also travel through space relative to other objects. To maintain light speed, matter will move less through time, giving rise to relativistic effects such as time dilation. Here I will cite "The Fabric of the Cosmos" by Brian Greene, an excellent book that shaped my thinking on this subject.

The implications of light cones are incredible. **At each moment your body is being influenced by the volume of the entire universe**, in a gradient from moments ago to the big bang. The size of the effect is mediated by the inverse square law, so the closest things effect you the most. However if one star in the andromeda galaxy, 2 million years ago, disappeared, there would be a minute change in the gravitational pull on the atoms of your body. Perhaps a salt ion in one of your neurons wouldn’t exit an ion channel, and your thoughts and life would be different. This effect goes forward into time as well, every action we take effects everything in out future light cone. **As beings, we are completely integrated into the Universe, **composed and created by every event in our past light cone, and manifesting everything in our future light cone.

(Source: infinity-imagined)

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.

(Source: *Wikipedia*)

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.**

**The gravitational orbit of any moon, planet, star or galaxy forms a helix, when you view it traveling through a time dimension.** A 3-dimensional helix is a ‘slice’ of the 4-dimensional shape of the orbit of a planet; Y is a time dimension, X and Z are space dimensions. One 2D slice of a 3D helix is a circle, another is a wave. One 3D slice of a 4D helix is a sphere; a planet in a specific moment of time.

Interesting patterns are revealed when you start thinking about the 4-dimensional shapes of objects through time. One example I enjoy is the fractal nature of gravitational orbits. Consider the 4D shape of the orbit of the Moon around the Earth through time; a helix. The helix of the Moons orbit is ‘wrapped’ around the helical orbit of the Earth around the Sun. The helices of the Earth and Moon are further ‘wrapped’ around the orbit of the Sun around the center of our Galaxy. When Galaxies orbit each other another iteration is possible. Because gravity causes the same behavior at different physical scales, a fractal pattern is generated. Viewed from the ‘side’, with one space and one time dimension, orbits are fractal waves. Viewed from the ‘top’ (two space dimensions) they are fractal circles. A 3D slice in spacetime shows a helical fractal. The true 4D object is a fractal hyperhelix.

Another beautiful fractal in time is biology. Every time a cell divides it creates a bifurcation or a ‘branch’. The same thing happens whenever an organism reproduces, or at each speciation event. **All life is part of the same 4-dimensional fractal tree**, extending back in time to the moment of abiogenesis. When you consider your 4-dimensional shape it becomes clear that we are all part of the same fractal organism, wrapped on the spherical surface of a hyperhelix!

I have a difficult time explaining this concept, if you don’t understand it’s because I’m not doing a good enough job explaining. I can see it perfectly in my mind, and I wish I could create visuals to show exactly what I mean. If there are any visual artists (paper or CG) who understand and would like to help spread this concept, please contact me. The same goes for any mathematicians who can clarify this!

The orbits of the moons and planets form a 4-dimensional fractal helix in spacetime.

(via spacelights)

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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.”

(via likeaphysicist)

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When I first looked back at the Earth, standing on the Moon, I cried.

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