Once we delve down into the structure of the universe
, we hone in on time (the present moment), we hone in on space (subatomic particles and forces), and yet we see that there is an additional component: probabilities.
What if we defined probabilities as the fifth dimension? As in: matter/energy moves through time (and therefore the past and future are real and can be connected via wormholes), but also moves through probabilities (there are different probable energy levels that energy lives in).
There are possible trajectories a photon could take through space, and there are waves of those probable locations for the photon (and therefore possible trajectories through probabilities, or the fifth dimension).
Gravity and quantum mechanics are irreconcilable right now
possibly because gravity explains spacetime as a four dimensional universe, and yet quantum mechanics deals with probabilities. Einstein had a lot of trouble believing that God would play dice with the universe, as per his famous quote.
I believe that we are actually aware of our motion through
the fifth dimension.
At the end of that article, I made the claim that a multiverse
could be visualized as a morphing four dimensional universe.
But a multiverse is nothing more than a five dimensional
universe. Rather than visualizing a multiverse as a morphing four dimensional
universe, allow us to visualize it as what I call a Field of Choice.
In the article about visualizing a four dimensional
universe, we collapsed one of the spatial dimensions. In this article, we will
collapse all spatial dimensions into one, to more easily visualize.
dimension of choice be orthogonal to time, which is orthogonal to all the spatial dimensions.
Our lives through a four dimensional universe would simply
be a straight line through the Field of Choice. But then you would simply be a
passive observer, possibly only making decisions based on the highest probability.
I assert that we have free will. Which is nothing more than us moving
through the fifth dimension of probabilities. We make choices every day, and are therefore
moving through the fifth dimension by collapsing the probabilities in our neurons.
Now imagine a curve moving through the fifth
dimension, not just the three spatial dimensions, as time progresses. We would
constantly have to be making choices, visualizing possible futures
We can take our theory of pattern recognition being seen as
another sense into the future, as actually a sense into both the fourth and
fifth dimensions. We can see the future, and also other “nearby” choices.
It’s possible that quantum physics’ models of probabilities
could never resolve its conflict with Einstein’s theory of gravity until the
idea of choice (converging the probabilities) is seen as the fifth dimension the same way time was seen as the fourth dimension.
This the true multiverse. Physicists discuss the possibility of multiple universes existing simultaneously with different probable outcomes, and that's simply what I refer to as the Field of Choice. To define that multiverse, we simply have to define an additional dimension of the universe as the probabilities.
This theory also explains how we have free will, as well as
have subjective experiences which observe the state of the universe. Our motion through the multiverse is how our free will operates.
The truth is, we don’t live in a four dimensional universe.
We live in a fifth dimensional universe. And the fifth dimension is choice. Our
sight into the past
and present is singular in the past, and varied in the
Applications & Implications
Now that we can visualize how free will may operate through a multiverse, let's discuss possible ways in which this could affect our mood
and our day-to-day interactions.
- Fear of Death: Our pattern recognition sight is unable to see what happens after death. Our fear of death is simply an awareness of the fact that our sight, everything we know we’re going to be in control to change, is limited to our life. It’s a void past which we don’t know. We have no feedback from what happens to our awareness and willpower after death and that’s scary.
- Fear of _________: Any fear could simply be seen as attempting to avoid unfavorable spots in the Field of Choice. For example, fear of embarrassment could be seen as using our pattern recognition and memories to avoid unfavorable spots on the field of choice based on socially acceptable ways to interact.
- Depression: Could be pining about things that are set in
stone in the past, coupled with a lack of motivation to exercise our will across the fifth dimension (unmotivated).
- Anxiety: Could be the feeling of frantically trying to not screw up
which choice you make and constantly trying to avoid unfavorable spots in the Field of Choice.
- Optimism & Empowerment: The feeling that you have a wide range of motion in the fifth dimension. That your choices are capable of moving you further across the dimension of possibilities.
- Pessimism & Realism: Understanding that there are high-probable outcomes outside of your control which may not be favorable.
An instinctual awareness of a fifth dimension has even permeated our language.
“If I choose X, I go down one path in life. If I choose Y I go down a different
path.” That’s our minds naturally and instinctually being aware of the fifth
dimension of probabilities and the fact that we can carve out different curves through the multiverse, not just a straight line.
I understand that it's entirely possible that there's determinism, and that the universe simply chooses for us the highest probability events. Yet it's also equally possible that by believing in a five dimensional universe (or however many spatial dimensions our physicists find plus time and probabilities), this allows free will to operate within the current paradigm of physics.
In addition, if time travel were to exist, this concept of free will and choice as a fifth dimension could resolve the grandfather paradox
. If you go back in time, your willpower is essentially carving a new path in a parallel universe. There's no paradox if there's a fifth dimension.
When physicists discuss a multiverse, for those who understand what a dimension truly represents, they are simply discussing slicing (a type of dimensionality reduction), along the fifth dimension. The parallel universe hypothesis is nothing more or less than a recognition of probabilities being the fifth dimension.
Even our empathy
is simply an understanding that there are other beings with free will also navigating this Field of Choice, allows us to have a sense of morality.
This is what Buddhists talk about when they discuss how we're all in this life together and make the entire world of sentient beings their in-group
. Also the concept of reincarnation can be related to the idea that our awareness moving through the Field of Choice will find another entity to be aware of after the death of our neurons. This is what Christians talk about when they discuss that God is omnipotent, as He would be a being capable of navigating and seeing this entire Field of Choice.
It's a working possible way to reconcile some inconsistencies between gravity, quantum probabilities, religion, free will, morality, and self-awareness, with some possible real-world implications of this philosophy in regards to psychology and how to live one's life.
Fate may given you a tunnel through this multiverse, or Field of Choice, based on the fact that certain outcomes are low-probability events (the edges of the tunnel through the fifth dimension) and certain outcomes are high probability events (the middle of the tunnel through the fifth dimension is easy to move through). But free will allows you to move through the tunnel. It takes more willpower to create highly improbable events in your life come true, such as starting from a disadvantaged position early in life into a huge financial success, but you can still use strength of will to move through that tunnel. A highly financially successful life may be farther away along the fifth dimension of probability when you start from nothing, but willpower can move you closer to highly improbable events by the choices you make through the Field of Choice.
That's the takeaway for how philosophy can affect your day-to-day interactions, choices, and emotions.