Just how is this Universe put together? We have been exploring the concept of structure, looking for ways to describe this very dynamic reality we live in. We have identified all kinds of structures, real and imagined. We can classify them by their dimensions.
The first dimension is linear. It is a list, a stream of information, a string of code or a beam of light. It is not the universal structure we seek, it is far too “one dimensional” for us.
We know that this structure is too simple to describe the Universe, but it is a convenient tool we use all the time to help us focus on details. It can be very helpful to strip away all the other dimensions and focus on a single aspect. However, to ignore the other dimensions can lead to unrealistic conclusions.
The second dimension is when that linear dimension branches. It introduces options to the path. You begin to have a pattern on a single plane, like 2D. This level of structure is exemplified by the outline, branching tree and the chain of command. Again, this is a very handy structure that we use to organize our activities, but it has the same shortcomings as does the linear dimension; it is incomplete.
Add volume to the structure and we have a 3D object. By the third dimension we have something with shape, a certain rigidity and permanence. Architecture is a language of the third dimension. The objects we manufacture, our art and scrap heaps are all evidence of our mastery of 3D concepts and languages.
We add a timeline and we have our fourth dimension. Now our object can move and change. Not only can our object move, but the rules that govern its internal structural relationships can also change over time. In the fourth dimension we can have dynamic structures, like our flock of birds. In fact, once we add a timeline, all structures become dynamic to some degree. The materials that make up our most rigid structures are subject to constant molecular change. They expand and contract with changes in temperature, oxidation and other erosive processes alter their internal structure. Time changes everything.
So we have four dimensions we can use to describe objects that occupy our universal structure, but we need something more to make them real. We need a fifth dimension.
In the fourth dimension we have an object that is fully described by measurements, but is still just a description. It can describe a real object, but in order for it to actually be a real object it has to made of real atoms. Real atoms possess the four dimensions, plus they possess some other attributes not present in our stripped down model. First, they spin or vibrate or buzz or otherwise produce a measurable frequency, unique to their atomic structure. Secondly, atoms don’t exist by themselves, they are clumped together as molecules. In turn, these molecules are in relationships with all of the other molecules in their immediate neighborhood, and through them, to the rest of the Whole.
So, a real object has context within the Whole and produces a signal that identifies it. This gives every atom a specific location and identity within the Universal Matrix. Besides four physical dimensions, a real object needs an informational dimension to give it validation within the System.