HOW TO LIVE IN AN IMPOSSIBLE UNIVERSE?

By William Markiewicz

Secrets Under the Roof
(Secrets Under the Roof -- oil pastel -- WM)

Neils Bohr said: “Ladies and Gentlemen, I don’t understand a single word I’ve just said.”

Quantum physics doesn’t have to be understood by the brain. Mathematics does the job. I take for granted that the impossible universe I speak about is three dimensional like the one we live in and therefore can be understood without mathematics but with logic. But, what happens if we go into infinities; from infinite big to infinite small? Here, logic remains but smashes us with dimensions. How can something be infinitely small? Infinite big is easier to grasp; three dimensional space is big enough to contain infinity. But when it comes to infinite small, we get lost – small that never stops??? Where does it "go"?

Let’s imagine cosmic molecules, meaning molecules composed of relatively neighboring solar systems. If we made a mini drawing of such a gathering, we could arrive, with a little imagination, at a similitude with the molecular system of our own universe. If we compare cosmic systems, which, in our drawing resemble a molecule, we can create an imaginary world, an interesting experiment good for those who have skill in drawing and astronomy -- a topic, at least, for a science fiction.

In an effectively smaller and smaller universe where nucleuses become suns and electrons become planets, communication between the dwellers of those different dimensions is, of course, totally impossible. We can speculate, but atomic systems becoming cosmic systems on some smaller scale, and so on forever – how can it be possible to grasp this in our universe? Here we need a little bit of mental operation: Jonathan Swift wrote in “Gulliver’s Travels” that everything is a matter of proportion; small is big for smaller and big is small for bigger and forever so. Rabelais, in his “Gargantua and Pantagruel” made one of his heroes descend to the smaller universe. What did he find there? A peasant -- who was normal size for him because he had descended to his size – planting a cabbage. He asked the peasant, “What are you doing?” and the peasant answered, “I am planting a cabbage.” What is the lesson? That everywhere and everything all is the same because everything is a matter of proportion that stops being something special for the observer. So a three dimensional system that contains smaller and smaller and bigger and bigger inhabitants and systems will always be the same infinite universe going on forever for those that dwell within. So it is the mind which is the final judge of dimension, the same for “infinite” big as “infinite” small. For the mind of the observer those ‘abstractions’ don’t count. It will always fit to the surroundings. Maybe this is the conclusion that could suit the Quantum seekers to the Newtonians -- that the world is built with the observers’ participation.

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