- May 11, 2002i am rather distressed that i should have posted anything that would

provoke such a violent reaction.

i actually have no interest at all in defending the writer who i

quoted, who may indeed be full of hot air as you suggest. the

observations just seemed to me to stimulate thought (as they clearly

did in your case).

my impression of the areas of study that we are involved in is that

they may begin by seeming something very strange or absurd and yet

may end up communicating profound understandings of ourselves and the

world around us.

however, even if the writer's comments are way off base, as you say

they are, they can still bear fruit. as sherlock holmes said to

watson in sir arthur conan doyle's novel "the hound of the

baskervilles":

"I am afraid, my dear Watson, that most of your conclusions were

erroneous. When I said that you stimulated me I meant, to be frank,

that in noting your fallacies I was occasionally guided towards the

truth."

thank you for your useful observations and accept my apologies for

having offended you.

best, romeman

--- In sacredlandscapelist@y..., "Mark G. Ryan" <mgryan@c...> wrote:

> super_romeman@y... wrote on Fri, 10 May 2002 10:29:49 -0000:

> >

> > "In the fourth dimension the infinite number of solids in the

> > Universe are in relationship with each other through time and

> > energy. ... The Fourth Dimension is portrayed geometrically by

>

> Time? Energy? WTH!! This is completely vague and says nothing.

>

> Time and energy actually mean something in physics. They are not

> just impressive-sounding words.

>

> > fractals and by the Hypercube. The Hypercube is the symbol used

in

>

> Not a symbol. It is a geometrical solid: a mathematical object

> just as understandable as the cube.

>

> > mathematics to try and represent the fourth dimension in two

> > dimensions (a drawing on a piece of paper - a plane). From the

center

>

> Incorrect. The hypercube is the trace in 3-dim. of a 4-dim. cube.

>

> It is no more "infinite" or "symbolic" than the square, which

happens

> to be the trace in 2-dim of a 3-dim cube.

>

> > of the Hypercube through its 8 diagonals the Hypercube is related

to

> > everything in the Universe. The infinity in the Fourth Dimension

lies

> > in the infinity of relations."

>

> "Infinity" actually means something in mathematics. It is possible

to

> talk about it with complete precision. It is not just a fancy word

> used to impress people and a peg on which to hang New Age nonesense.

>

> >

> > http://www.fractalwisdom.com/FractalWisdom/fourth.html

> >

>

> I'm very impressed by most of what is posted to this list and

generally

> just lurk, but this was such a puff of hot air that I had to

comment.

>

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