Dimensional Shifts: Possible, or the Stuff of Dreams?

Bast
Status: currently binge watching The Man in the High Castle. It’s based on a Philip K. Dick novel. The premise is that the Nazis and Japan won WWII and partitioned the States.

Bast
But there is a multiverse element to the story, in that certain people (Travellers) can pop between dimensions. So inter-dimensional travel is possible for some.

Cooch
Pop?

Bast
More or less. So what do we think of this scenario? Possible?


Cooch
Question: are they dimensions of time or space? Or both? Or something else?

Bast
Just space, I think. Time seems static.

Bast
But maybe not?

Cooch
Are the Travellers able to bring things with them? Or share knowledge of other dimensions?

Bast
Yes, they bring films of the alternate world with them. Hitler was collecting them.

Bast
So some people saw the US and the Allies winning the war – on film.

Cooch
Such an interesting concept. I feel like multiple dimensions of time and space could definitely exist.

Bast
I have had dreams that feel like I was in another dimension. My life, but different.

Bast
Some of the people see themselves being killed on film. Can you imagine?

Cooch
I feel like if you are okay with the idea of being able to travel from one dimension to another, it should be less of a shock to see yourself die.

Cooch
Actually, it would answer a lot of questions. One of my biggest issues with death is that I won’t get to see how things turn out. Being able to watch from another dimension sounds cool to me.

Bast
Ha! Yes, true. One of my fears is that I WILL live to see how things turn out.

Bast
Big storm here right now, BTW. Seems fitting.

Cooch
Maybe a portal is opening up. Which brings me to another question: how do the Travellers in fact “travel”? And do they control their travel?

Bast
They think or meditate then pop out of their reality into another.

Cooch
I LOVE this idea!

Cooch
So it’s about connecting with alternate dimensions and opening up a virtual portal.

Bast
Seems to be.

Cooch
I keep picturing Dr. Who and the crack in the wall.

Bast
I am so not a Whovian! Never watched it.

Cooch
The crack in the wall is a recurring theme for the eleventh Doctor, and my elementary understanding of it is that it was created when two points in time and space that should never have touched, in fact touch, which changes things all up and down the timeline.

Bast
Nice. I remember hearing once about a man who went with a Native American into the Grand Canyon. He had to be blindfolded. The guide brought him to a cliff wall, where he could walk through into another world.

Bast
I would love to do that.

Cooch
Like James Earl Jones in Field of Dreams!

Bast
Kind of, yes!

Cooch
We (humans) seem to be fascinated with other worlds.

Bast
Perhaps because we instinctively know they exist?

Cooch
Maybe because we’d like a chance to start over and do things differently?

Bast
I think everyone would like a do-over at key points in their life. I know I have a few.

Cooch
The chance to use what we know to fix things in the past. Hindsight is 20/20 vision, etc. But I think it’s a dangerous practice.

Cooch
Marshall McLuhan: We look at the present through a rear-view mirror. We march backwards into the future.

Bast
That’s the whole conundrum of going back in time to kill Hitler as a baby. If you could, would you?

Cooch
Um, I don’t know.

Bast
Was it an individual who caused the Nazi movement (Mein Kampf) or is it more than just one man?

Bast
(Forget about the morality of killing a helpless baby!)

Cooch
Schrodinger’s Cat.

Bast
Okay, explain How does Schrodinger’s cat fit this scenario? Or not fit, given its precarious existence?

Cooch
Well said, wise one.

Cooch
Well, if you replace the cat with the political, economic and social environment of the 1930s, even without Hitler, what would have emerged when the box was lifted? It’s a stretch, but I do feel like SC, and quantum physics as a whole, has a lot to do with dimensional shifts.

Cooch
Entanglement, and all that.

Bast
And who knows what CERN has uncovered? Maybe we have already shifted as a dimension? I mean, that would explain Trump and Boris Johnson…

Cooch
Completely possible! Maybe that’s why your electronic field and those of your devices are no longer compatible!

Bast
Could be. The veils – or walls – are thin, I suspect.

Bast
If this could in fact happen, who do you think in our world has travelled from another?

Cooch
Elvis, undoubtedly.

Bast
I think it may have been Gene Roddenberry. Or Isaac Asimov. Or Philip K. Dick, even.

Cooch
Which would make The Man in the High Castle more an autobiography than fiction, perhaps? I’m intrigued.

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