Dimensions in the Virtual
We operate of a set of fixed dimensions in the real. These are fixed an knowable. There is evidence that we learn them at birth and do not necessarily know them automatically. We discover our identity as we mature, based on the universe around us, which is composed of knowable dimensions many of them fixed and unchangeable.
However, our virtual identity can be quite different to our real identity. We have discussed virtual identity in another blog and we know that the degree of difference may cause unhappiness and distress if it is too unreal. We also know that it is difficult to identify real from unreal in the virtual, as many of us have created idealised personas for ourselves. There are also unreal identities designed to manipulate an control us for monetary gain and political power. These have been termed internet wolves in our blogs.
Dimensions in the Real:
We understand dimensions in the real. They are reliable. Let me quote from a previous post to remind us about Real Dimensions:
We cannot really move outside our time constraints as time moves outside our control.
We are born into a group and we can move into and out of different groups within a degree of freedom. Thus we can change our social status and background to a certain degree.
For example, I may, as an English female, change my nationality, become a millionaire, change my gender, and become an actress, but it is less likely that I can make myself president of the united States, still less likely that I can make myself president of Russia.
We have a certain degree of freedom as to our location. Again, I may be able to travel to Australia, it might be less easy for me to travel to North Korea, and it is still less likely that I will easily be able to travel to Mars.
We travel along these dimension in the real, we cannot easily move outside them.
There are a few extra elements in a universe which make us humans capable of navigating the real very effectively.
When travelling through the real, humans generally use history data to recognised objects and navigate around them. So just as an example, when we see a table, we know that it is possible to navigate around it, and what its use is. We know the properties and functions of a table.
History does not just work as a notion of things past, but also as a notion of things future. Once I understand the concept of tables, I can recognise future tables and work with that concept in many different ways.
Relativity is a bit of a misnomer, but it is better than the word relationships because as humans the word relationships holds a lot of emotional content. However, it is important to understand that we make logical relationships between all the dimensions that we have available.
Relations are the logical glue which hold our universes together. There are several different types of relationship connections:
- Time Relations: before after, next future, future specific, future indefinite etc.
- Location relations: in on under next to specific distance away behind or indefinite distance etc.
- Group Relations: group, family, culture, alien, one of, none of, change of status, familiar, unfamiliar, unknown, etc.
Together these relational connections allow us to make yet another element of the real which is Story.
Story is the way that we put all of the real together with ourselves at the centre. It is a key to our identity. We each have our own story, such as that we had a bad time at a certain club and have no wish to return there, or that a certain person was nasty to us. We also have larger stories, such as a family story, of how our family came to be living in England, or our cultural story, our religious story, or our national story. These are taught to us from an early age and become part of our identity story.
Dimensions Delimit a Universe:
It is different with the dimensions in the virtual. In the virtual we can create ourselves an alternative identity, and operate on any dimensions we can define and manage. This is how computer games work and why they are so addictive. In the virtual universe we can have any number of powers, and operate in any number of created universes with predefined dimensions. It allows us to be who we want to be.
There is an opinion out there that computer games are dangerous and draw us away from the real world. That is not accurate because we need to learn how to manipulate the virtual and for this reason computer game are important. They teach us how to manipulate the virtual. They also train us to understand the difference between the virtual and the real.
Dimension can be used to create a Virtual Universe:
We have already described how dimensions work in a previous blog.
We know that the real has fixed dimensions, while the virtual does not.
therefore we can create any number of universes out there in the virtual. The only limit is that our brains are unlikely to be able to understand them. (In my science fiction book, the Terraform Trilogy series, I have tried to show that a computer brain will have no such limitation).
We know that humans are not comfortable outside dimensions which have a fixed location, time and group dimension which is related in some way to our real world. We also know that it is possible to create any number of dimensions in the virtual.
Provided there are a fixed number of dimensions (and there can be an infinite number of these), they will create a universe.
So, What is a universe?
A universe is a set of proscribed dimensions which operate under a predefined logic. The user perceives this universe and traverses it. It is the user, or perceiver, gives the universe credibility and makes it real.
The really important thing here is that we can have an alt persona in the Virtual. We can create a new image and a new set of skills and opinions. we can reach out to others who like us and agree with us.
We can colonise the virtual, create islands of opinion, pressure large organisations and destroy hapless individuals.
We can be anything we want to be.
We are colonists.
and we haven’t met any virtual beings out there – yet.
This is work in progress