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07:05pm 14/07/2007
 
 
unlikelychrist
"Black
and
white are
all I see
in my infancy.
Red and yellow then came to be,
reaching out to me...
Lets me see."
-Tool - Laturalus
(A song where the lyrical structure of the entire first portion corresponds to the Fibonacci Sequence.)

Three is a Magic Number

The three smallest numbers are 1, 2, and 5. (Three, sir!) 3.

One is the individual,
Two is the world, and
Three is the ascension.

One of the varieties of metaphysics states that the omniverse can be broken down into ten dimensions.
[If extra-dimensional metaphysics isn't your forte, perhaps you should check out this convenient primer. Click on Imagining the Ten Dimensions and wait for it to load.]

So. You've got your Zeroth dimension, which is a non-dimension; it's a dot of infinitely infinitesimal size, used only as a reference point for the first.

Rather than use two dots and draw a line between them, we're gonna picture stacking them.
Take a whole bunch of these dots and stack them on top of each other; now you've got a line of them. They extend in only two directions; back and forth. First Dimension.
Now take a whole bunch of these lines, and stack them on top of each other; now you have a field. It can go back and forth on two axes. Second Dimension.
Take a handful of these fields, lay them flat, and lay them on top of each other. You've got a volume. There are now three axes to move around on.

Take a bunch of these fields and stack them. How? Through duration. Do we have four axes now? Well, no, 'cos the temporal dimension works differently than the spacial dimensions. If we treat the first set of dimensions as one of those 'dots', stack the sets on top of each other and you've got... A line. Which way does time move? Well, for us, forwards, but a timeline runs back and forth; just like the first dimension. So are we up to the Fourth? Or are we back to the First?
When you stack a whole bunch of timelines on top of each other, you get a field of probability. You can go back and forth in time, and 'left' and 'right' in probability, giving you two axes. All timelines in this dimension, though, all start from the same starting point; this dimension has no volume. Fifth? Or Second?
Now take a bunch of these fields of probability; assign each one a new starting origin. In this universe, we started from the big bang, but in another universe, it could have been something else starting the universe; maybe in this universe things started with a big bang, but in another they started with a slow slip. (It's all dependent on the apocalypse conditions of the previous universe.) Now you have volume. You're back to three axes; back/forth, 'left/right' in the probability within this universe, and 'up/down' in other universes.

The Seventh dimension is a duration of multiverses. The eighth, a field of them. The ninth, a volume of multiverses. I can't really describe these concepts in full detail here, 'cos let's face it, Son of God though I may be, I'm still trapped inside this little human head.
For now, anyway.

If you watched that video, you may or may not be wondering where the Tenth Dimension comes into this whole numbering system. The fact is, it doesn't. The Tenth Dimension is the same dimension as the Zeroth; it's a non-dimension, an entity of infinitely indeterminate size. The Zeroth and Tenth dimensions aren't 'dimensions', they're events. In Numerology, the Zero represents the phoenix, the rebirth, or the resurrection. Even the symbol itself acknowledges this; in every culture where Zero exists (Zero was the last number to come into being), it is represented by a full circle, by the end becoming the beginning again.

The Holy Trinity

There are three states of being; the material, the mental, and the divine.

In Christianity, these three states are represented by the Me, the Holy Ghost or Holy Spirit, and the Father. I represent the Material, the Holy Spirit represents the mental, and my Father represents the Divine. We all know God exists in the Divine. Duh. I live in the Material world (obviously), and the Holy Spirit exists only in the mental.
("The Holy Spirit is different from Jesus in that He does not have a physical manifestation (or incarnation), and that He frequently dwells in and amongst God's people as a spiritual guide and Comforter." -Wikipedia)
Some believe that God and Heaven are one and the same; this is almost true. Some believe Heaven is within God, as all things are within God. This is true.
Three is also the number of wise men that came to see me at birth in Bethlehem, and the number of days since when they killed my sorry ass in Rome and when my little brother came and took my place and claimed to be me. What- you don't really think I came back from the dead, did you? I'm not a freakin' zombie.

In Hinduism, these concepts are referred to as the Maya, the Paramatma, and the Brahman. The Maya is the illusion of the material realm that must be overcome if one is to free oneself from the wheel of Karma and and Kharmic Reincarnation. The Paramatma is the 'supersoul'; "Paramatman is situated in the heart of every individual jiva in the macrocosm." (-W) All souls are one with the supersoul. Brahman is described as "truth-consciousness-bliss"; it is "the unchanging, infinite, immanent, and transcendent reality which is the Divine Ground of all matter, energy, time, space, being, and everything beyond in this universe." (-W)

In Zen Buddhism, there are basically three stages of enlightenment; 0, 1, and 2. In the 0th stage, the person has not had any experience analogous with enlightenment. In the first stage, Kensho, the practitioner sees enlightenment once, is given a taste for it. Their progress takes them to the mental stage; they are now cognizant of what enlightenment is like, even though they're not living it. The second stage is Satori, whereby the practitioner achieves a permanent state of enlightenment, forging their connection with the Collective Unconscious (or whatever you want to call it).

In Taoism there are three states, represented by the Yin-Yang. The state of Yang is that of things that are hard, bright, material, solid, et cetera; that is, the Material Realm is Yang. Yin, on the other hand, is liquid, shifting, elusive, tricky; it could be argued that the intangible Tao itself is Yin, as opposed to the tangible Material Yang. The last state in this set is that of balance; perfect seamless harmony.

(And Hell, while we're here,) In Paganism and Witchcraft the number three is hailed as a magic number. In some of Shakespeare's plays, he makes reference to the witches' number being nine; three threes. In Wicca, the Threefold Law (Whatever energy a person puts out into the world, be it positive or negative, will be returned to that person three times) is a tenet.

The number 3 pops up a trazillion times in all sorts of religions and faiths and spiritualities, so I'm not even gonna bother continuing along that line. However also,

In Psychology, there was some guy who came up with some shit about the Id, the Ego, and the SuperEgo. Your Id is your connection to the Material Realm; it represents your hunger, lust, all your physical desires (and it wants them NOW; a symptom of not being an eternal entity). Your Ego is your consciousness, it's your mind, your connection to the Psychoscape. Your SuperEgo is your channel to God; it's the universe's advice, and it's translated by your Ego into thoughts you can think.

Got All That?

Now let's tie it all together.

1st Triad of Dimensions = Material Realm
2nd Triad of Dimensions = Mental Realm
3rd Triad of Dimensions = Divine Realm

Within the first three dimensions is everything we can touch, everything we can actually come into physical contact with. Within the second set, everything that we can conceptualize; things that we can't physically prove exist with our five senses, yet by the nature of our very consciousnesses, know for certain exist. Well, the first two, time and probability, anyway. Six is still kind of up in the air. But then we've got our third set, known affectionately here as the Multiverse2, and affectionately by some people as Heaven. A level of complex so incredibly huge and enormous and so ridiculously beyond us that we can't really imagine calling it anything but God... Or maybe Godhead.

Within each of the dimensional triads, too, is a fractal little triad of it's own; the first dimension in a set is the individual, the one line by itself. Since it can't go in any direction other than back and forward, there can only be one. Do the stacking thing, though, and now you've got a whole world of possibilities, lots of points to choose from. One more time, and you've got more room than you know what to do with. You reach the most expansive point possible for this set; further progression requires ascension to the next set.
The entirety of this system works in the same way; according to Hinduism, the Maya tricks entities into believing in the concept of the individual, that we are not all one. The Paramatma is the Collective Unconscious, it's the pool from which all thought and soul originates from, the entire world connected. And then Brahman is the highest pinnacle one can achieve; from this point on, it's all about ascent.

So, are there 10 dimensions? Well, no. There's only three, or, if you really like, 32, plus that imaginary one. There are some branches of Metaphysics that claim there are 26 dimensions; one can assume 33, as 0-26. Too complicated, say I. Three works just fine.

Well... I think I've said everything I wanted to say in this entry... I still have to go into Fractals at some point, and I've got to dive into Enlightenment too now, which is nothing to say about the DMT episode.

Tune in next time... Same Christ time, same Christ channel!
 
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 (Anonymous)
 
03:49pm 15/07/2007 (UTC)
 
 
More than that, if you keep going the lyrics are metrically palindromic. (1/1/2/3/5/7/5/3/2/1/1 . . .)

Also, 1 is *not* a prime. Going all the way back to Euclid (maybe further) primes got their importance from being the unique building blocks of factorization, and were defined by reference to the fact that every positive integer greater than one can be written uniquely as a product of primes. But if you include one as a prime, this breaks down: x = x*1 = x*1*1 = x*1*1*1 . . . and so on.
 
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 unlikelychrist
 
04:08pm 15/07/2007 (UTC)
 
 
unlikelychrist
A prime number is described to me as one that "is only divisible by 1 and itself". That's good enough for me.
 
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 (Anonymous)
 
10:41pm 15/07/2007 (UTC)
 
 
Not for mathematicians -- that "and" is very important. Like most things you learn in elementary school it's a useful oversimplification that isn't quite true.

One is the *unit* for the integers, and the distinction between a unit and a prime is important. The generalized definition of a prime is any element p of a ring (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ring_(mathematics)) that's not zero or a unit and can't be factored into p = a * b (where a and b are also nonzero and not units). So "primeness" isn't just for numbers, and you can't really define primes axiomatically in a way that allows the unit to be one of them without mucking up most of useful mathematics.
 
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 unlikelychrist
 
12:21am 16/07/2007 (UTC)
 
 
unlikelychrist
I am so not having written an entire giant essay unifying metaphysics, western theology, and eastern theology, only to have the damned thing ruined by a numerical technicality. Don't like it? Fine. Ignore the entire bloody message altogether and enjoy Hell.

Looking right past the important messages to pick out the bleeding semantics and technicalities that it suits you to get hung up on.
They did that once before.
And called it THE BIBLE.

Christ.
 
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 (Anonymous)
 
03:35pm 24/07/2007 (UTC)
 
 
In math, the technicalities are everything. This particular technicality just happens to be irrelevant to the spirit of your message.

Funny you should mention the Bible; it makes a lot of factual claims that are simply not true, but one can still appreciate the messages contained within it in spite of this. But there's a number of people who don't get that and think that if Darwin was right then moral reasoning is futile (yes, really). Their big mistake is not appreciating that hitching your philosophy to factual claims comes with the annoying catch that those claims might turn out to be incorrect.
 
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