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Thanks

Hyperspace_Kaku_1995My sincere thanks to those who have responded to my post of yesterday. As I say, the subject matter goes away beyond my mental abilities but still enthrals me. A special word of thanks to dsgood who has put me in touch with Michio Kaku's great work "Hyperspace: A Scientific Odyssey through Parallel Universes, Time Warps, and the10th Dimension".

In this work Kaku explains how a simple visit to an aquarium when young started him on his scientific studies.

"Living their entire lives in the shallow pond, the carp would believe that their "universe" consisted of the murky water and the lilies. Spending most of their time foraging on the bottom of the pond, they would be only dimly aware that an alien world could exist above the surface. The nature of my world was beyond their comprehension. I was intrigued that I could sit only a few inches from the carp, yet be separated from them by an immense chasm. The carp and I spent our lives in two distinct universes, never entering each other's world, yet were separated by only the thinnest barrier, the water's surface."

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The whole shibang is beyond my comprehension.
I'm with you there.
Thank you for introducing me to this book. I just ordered it. I love how his visit to the aquarium began his scientific inquiry. Just that paragraph shifts and expands my view.
"The carp and I spent our lives in two distinct universes, never entering each other's world, yet were separated by only the thinnest barrier, the water's surface."

This reminded me of the question a philosophy professor used to ask on his final exam - "Compare yourself to an inkwell"
What a "deep" inkwell!