It Feels Like Grabbing Infinity by the Hair
If you haven’t seen this, it’s worth a look: It’s a short video describing a way to visualize all the dimensions string theorists recognize as possible (ending with the tenth). It’s easy, and really fun!
If I were a scientist I’d think differently, but as a writer I find it quite easy to imagine, at least, an eleventh: If the tenth is the point representing all possible universes, then the eleventh would have to be the line joining possible and non-possible universes, yeah? (Science doesn’t like non-possible things, but philosophy sure doesn’t have a problem with them; and since once you get past our universe you’re in imaginary territory anyway, why let possibility restrain you?) That makes the twelfth easy: It’s the fold that brings the non-possible into contact with the possible, which, if I were exploring it, would certainly have something to do with imagination. The thirteenth dimension would be a point representing all possible-possible and possible-non-possible universes; or the sum total of being and non-being; and I’ll confess, I’m not sure I can imagine what a point outside that (which a line could be drawn to, representing the fourteenth) would be.
Something for which possibility and non-possibility have no meaning? The inevitable, maybe?
In any case, a fun video if your brain likes to splash in the really BIG mud. o/
At the very least, it makes flippant sci-fi talk of “infinite dimensions” sound a bit more incredulous, doesn’t it? I mean, string theorists poop out at ten, and at my best and most wide-flinging I’d be stymied by twenty. Wow.