Force is defined as the product of mass and acceleration, which is the second derivative of space with respect to time, so it is not an additional dimension. I often startle young structural engineers right out of school when I tell them that force does not actually exist--it is merely a mathematical construct that enables us to analyze and solve problems.Personally, I consider the fourth dimension to be that of force. — BrianW
There is no such thing as an object at rest. Continuous motion through space-time is a more fundamental reality than discrete positions in space or moments in time, which we arbitrarily mark for the sake of measurement and analysis. Where there is no acceleration, there is no force.Even when the object is at rest there would still be forces influencing it, generating and maintaining shape/form, generating attraction and repulsion, etc. — BrianW
What exactly do you mean by "relative"? How is each dimension of space different from time in that regard?I don't know about time, I find it to be purely relative. Can a dimension be relative? — BrianW
There is no such thing as an object at rest. — aletheist
What exactly do you mean by "relative"? How is each dimension of space different from time in that regard? — aletheist
Again, how is each dimension of space any different in that regard? You need to mark at least two points in order to measure linear distance.Time ... is dependent on at least two distinct values for its delineation. — BrianW
A static state is a hypothetical construct in which we examine the three dimensions of space without considering time. We can likewise omit one spatial dimension and evaluate how a hypothetical two-dimensional state changes over time. We can also omit both time and one spatial dimension for static analysis of a hypothetical two-dimensional state; in fact, this is a very common simplification in my field of structural engineering.For example, length, surface area, volume and force can be considered in a static state or a static frame of reference. Can the same be said of time? — BrianW
Again, how is each dimension of space any different in that regard? You need to mark at least two points in order to measure linear distance. — aletheist
A static state is a hypothetical construct in which we examine the three dimensions of space without considering time. We can likewise omit one spatial dimension and evaluate how a hypothetical two-dimensional state changes over time. We can also omit both time and one spatial dimension for static analysis of a hypothetical two-dimensional state; in fact, this is a very common simplification in my field of structural engineering. — aletheist
How is that relevantly different from marking two points in time in order to measure duration?This can be on the same object thus making it possible to maintain a static frame of reference for the object distinctly. — BrianW
Yes--at least from a phenomenological standpoint, thinking has temporal extension but no spatial extension. That is one way to differentiate the mental from the physical.Can time by itself be considered without any other dimension? — BrianW
How is that relevantly different from marking two points in time in order to measure duration? — aletheist
Yes--at least from a phenomenological standpoint, thinking has temporal extension but no spatial extension. That is one way to differentiate the mental from the physical. — aletheist
I believe that space-time is a real continuum; i.e., it is as it is regardless of how anyone thinks about it. — aletheist
I see, that's an interesting way of putting it. That you only need to mental capacity to view 4D space in that instance. Do you therefore think that consciousness is in a way transcendable? — Naiveman
Personally, I consider the fourth dimension to be that of force. — BrianWForce is defined as the product of mass and acceleration, which is the second derivative of space with respect to time, so it is not an additional dimension. I often startle young structural engineers right out of school when I tell them that force does not actually exist--it is merely a mathematical construct that enables us to analyze and solve problems.
Frankly, I am surprised that no one has already pointed out that time is widely considered to be the fourth dimension, since space-time is a continuum. So the question is really whether it is possible to imagine a fifth dimension. — aletheist
In mathematics there is a shape called a tesseract which is an interpretation of a shadow of a 4D cube. Try as anyone must it's impossible for humans to comprehend it. Here's my question, are 3D beings even capable of comprehending the forth dimension no matter how intelligent. Even if we make a jump in intelligence to lets say a slug to a human and then the same jump from a human, could that being still not comprehend the forth dimension? — Naiveman
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