FAQ

Why Hyper-Dimensional instead of Multi-Dimensional?

“Multi-Dimensional” sounds like a limited number of dimensions– perhaps seven, or twelve, or sixteen. I thought that “Hyper-Dimensional” sounds much better for a universe consisting of an infinite number of dimensions of time (and therefore an infinite number of dimensions of space/time).

Doesn’t talking about an infinite number of dimensions make you a crackpot?

Only the best kind of crackpot– the kind who has spent thousands of hours deeply analyzing and researching the subject over the last 25 years. That includes looking at the long scientific history of how we have gotten to this point of misunderstanding. I spent roughly 20 years on research and analysis, two and a half years to write the book, another year to edit and fine-tune it, and finally another year and a half or so making a few tweaks her and there, while preparing to self-publish.

I began this project with a working theory which I discarded early into the process, as the true reality of hyper-dimensional space/time led me in a completely different direction. My first insight involved how electromagnetic energy operates within the framework of space/time at a constant relative velocity (the speed of light “c”). That was followed, several weeks later, with the realization of what the true basic physical system of our universe must be. Those insights led to an understanding of the hyper-dimensional nature of space/time, which led to a logical physical explanation for the Second Postulate of Special Relativity (the Invariance of Light Speed), and so on.

In the end, what I have published in my book The Enlightening is a sprawling theory of physics and space/time, ranging from what I refer to as mega-scale structure beyond our universe (possibly my favorite part of the theory), to a hyper-dimensional view of our own universe (including a shockingly familiar structure/ physical shape), to a new view of our Milky Way galaxy that is somewhere between multi-dimensional and hyper-dimensional (as referenced above), to a clear explanation for the double-slit experiment (including a simple experiment of my own that easily demonstrates a profound and devastatingly simple model of wave-particle duality), to a fundamentally alternative way of thinking about gravitation, to the very specific physical structure and mechanism of a photon, to quantum entanglement and all the way down to the very smallest scales and most fundamental aspects of particle physics. So, I think the crackpot thing will fade away when people see what I actually have here.

Put in simpler terms, it’s like when you’ve finished a crossword puzzle, and you’re quite certain that you got every answer right. All the letters and words fit together seamlessly. That’s how this is. After all this time, I nailed it! Welcome, everybody, to a new, infinitely larger and extremely more interesting universe!

What type of experiments have you conducted? A scientific theory needs to be supported by scientific experiments, doesn’t it?

This theory is supported by a wide range of already-existing scientific experiments, all the way from the famous Michelson-Morley experiment, to the double-slit experiment in all its forms and permutations, up to and including the latest physical research in cosmology and particle physics. The Hyper-Dimensional Universe provides a much better explanation for much of the observed phenomena than explanations furnished by our “standard” theory. As far as my own experiments, I have described an experiment that is quite enlightening in terms of understanding what is really happening with the double-slit experiment, and wave-particle duality. That experiment is described, in a most unusual fashion, in The Enlightening.

How did you get started on this project?

I have a science degree, and several years after completing my academic curriculum, I realized that I never really “got” certain aspects of relativity theory, such as the Second Postulate of Special Relativity and the Relativistic Addition of Velocities (with its attendant “speed limit” of c). Frustrated that I didn’t understand the physical basis behind these concepts, and believing that it was only my own lack of understanding that was the issue, I went back to look at relativity again, for my own edification. I was certain that with a little reading and effort, I would finally see how it all worked, and I wouldn’t be frustrated by my lack of understanding any more. After all, I understood the basics of just about every other thing I had ever learned in my science education. Instead, to my surprise, I came to the conclusion that something very, very strange was afoot.

What is so strange about relativity theory?

For the life of me, I couldn’t see what the physical mechanism was for those mysterious things I mentioned in the previous answer. It was simple to say that light speed was invariant, but HOW did that happen? It seemed so paradoxical. It was the same with the RAV and the “speed limit”, as well. I quickly formed an opinion that there must be something else going on that we weren’t seeing. I knew that I might actually have a leg up on physics academia by being an outsider, since I was certainly free to think as far outside of the box as I wanted, with absolutely no pressures to teach, conduct research, or pursue any other burdens of the academic or researcher. So I thought, “why not me?” And I started spending a lot of time considering the bizarre, paradoxical circumstances of modern relativity.

Aren’t you just being stubborn in thinking your theory must be correct?

As I had previously mentioned, I actually discarded my initial theory, which was certainly not a stubborn decision on my part. After looking at several lines of cosmological research that had been published in peer-reviewed astrophysics journals, I realized that my initial direction of pursuit was not matching the cosmological data.

Two or three months after discarding those ideas, I had my first big realization, which involved electromagnetic energy and the space/time continuum. Perhaps two or three weeks after that, I awoke about 2:30 a.m. and immediately sat straight upright in bed, as I realized that my unconscious mind had deciphered not only the basic physical shape of our universe, but also the “extra” detail that is of such primary importance to my new understanding of it. Without hesitating, I jumped out of bed and wrote down the idea so I wouldn’t forget in the morning. From there, just about every new avenue of thought intersected beautifully with what had become my theory of the hyper-dimensional space/time continuum and the hyper-dimensional universe. The more ideas that dove-tailed into the theory, the more my confidence grew that it was correct.

Throughout the entire process, I was terrified that I would explore some new avenue that would be contradicted by cosmological data, or that I would discover cosmological data that conflicted with the idea of hyper-dimensional space/time. Each time I began to be concerned over some new thought or idea or data set, eventually I would come to realize how it did, in fact, fit perfectly into the whole of the theory.

Also, I was keenly aware of several things that my theory needed to explain, and I was terrified to think that I might not be able to offer up an explanation for those things—wave-particle duality, for one example. In the end, I was able to furnish a solid explanation/ description for every area of concern that I was aware of. Truth be told, I filled in the last several blanks as I wrote the book itself.

Isn’t it impudent of you to suggest that Albert Einstein made an error in some way?

No. Neither Einstein, nor Lorentz, nor any of their contemporaries, had any inkling that additional, unseen physical dimensions of space/time existed. Many of the clues to the existence of hidden dimensions, such as the discoveries of dark matter and dark energy, have only recently been observed. Einstein faced the paradoxes within his theory the only way he could, and he derived a rather nifty mathematical “solution” (the RAV) that quite naturally did not reflect the hyper-dimensional nature of the space/time continuum. Einstein’s “error” was simply a lack of knowing something that he had no way of knowing, in the context of his time. Today, we have a lot more cosmological information available. That’s why it is now possible to connect the dots and extend relativity theory into the hyper-dimensional realm. I feel very confident in saying that this would not make Albert Einstein angry in any way. Quite the opposite! Einstein would be thrilled to see his theories expanded into a much larger universe than the single physical dimension he had envisioned.

Why did you write the book?

I’m just trying to get the word out, any way I can. Professional physicists wouldn’t even give me the time of day, so I went in the opposite direction. I wrote a book that is so simple, even a person with only a modicum of scientific knowledge—if that– should be able to understand most of the basic mechanisms of the hyper-dimensional universe. I am pleased to think that many “common people” will understand how the hyper-dimensional universe really operates, before any of the “professionals” get on board.

Isn’t a book just about physics going to be terribly boring? Who could read such a thing?

That’s why I wrote a book unlike any book ever written. “The Enlightening” is actually a novel, but within the story, this new view of the universe is unveiled to the reader. So it is a hybrid fiction/ non-fiction book of a most unusual nature.

Do you have a dust-jacket type of synopsis of the book?

I’ll try. Here it is:

Many people (scientists included) have discussed the possibility of a multi-dimensional universe. The Enlightening is the book that describes exactly how it all works, in clear and simple language that even a non-scientist may understand. This book reveals the true reality of our hyper-dimensional universe via a new look at relativity, electromagnetic energy, and large-scale structure. The kicker here is that these new cosmological ideas are presented within the plot and context of a stunning and memorable novel. This hybrid novel incorporates elements of science fiction, mythology, and fantasy into its exploration of relationships, imagination, and the potential of a more enlightened future. And yes, of course there’s a little romance, as well…

Is it true that you’ve described the secret of the universe in the book?

Well, as Merle himself says in the book, the universe holds no secrets. That being said, I suppose you could say that I have spilled the beans on some things that are very big “secrets” to us, at least. I hope that the book enlightens people as to the nature of the space/time continuum. It may seem impossible to understand the continuum, but I believe even a sharp middle-school student can easily understand the general concept of what the space/time continuum is.

In fact, here is the Big Secret about the continuum, as revealed in the book. The space/time continuum travels at all velocities (i.e. in an infinite range of velocity), and operates at all wavelengths (i.e. an infinite range of wavelength). However, it only interacts with mass/energy at the specific relative velocity c (i.e. “the speed of light”), and at a specific wavelength determined by various factors. Electromagnetic energy, which is physically moved by the continuum, can only interact with mass/energy at this same relative velocity c, and, again, at a specific wavelength which depends on the energy level of the photon.

How does the hyper-dimensional model of space/time affect existing physics theory?

Well, for example, this leads to the idea that, in the famous double-slit experiment, it is actually the space/time continuum that acts as a wave. The photons or electrons or molecules being studied are simply acting as a particle, “riding the wave” of the continuum, so to speak. So the continuum is the wave, while the mass/energy is the particle. There is really no such thing as “wave-particle duality”, after all! This new understanding directly leads to the physical mechanism and physical structure of the photon, which drive the seemingly paradoxical phenomenon of the invariance of light speed. So it explains a couple little things, like wave-particle duality and the second postulate of Special Relativity. It also opens the door to faster-than-light travel, and much more! It’s quite a little “secret”!

That sounds exciting, but isn’t that way too simple?

I have to admit, it actually is disarmingly, jarringly simple, once you understand it. Remember, though, that this is just the “Q and A” section. The book explores, in detail, the reasoning behind the theory, or the “secret”, as you will. The “secret” as described in the previous answer has no real context in this Q & A format. So it does get a slight bit more complicated. Crucially, though, this “secret” fits snugly within the framework of the entire, much larger new way of looking at the universe. Also, this is far from the only “secret” in the book.

Why do I have to read an entire novel, just to understand the theory that is woven into it? Why can’t I just read the scientific part, without reading about all that other stuff?

Well, initially, I would simply like people to read “The Enlightening”. At some point in the near future, however, I will release a scientific treatise that does just what you ask. However, the scientific treatise will be intended for scientists— especially astrophysicists and particle physicists. The treatise, when released, will assume a base level of scientific knowledge that most non-scientists may not possess.

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