I often think that we are like the carp swimming
contentedly in that pond.
We live out our lives in our own pond, confident that our
Universe consists of only the familiar and the visible.
We smugly refuse to admit that parallel universes or dimensions
can exist next to ours,
just beyond our grasp.
If our scientists invent concepts like forces,
it is only because they cannot visualize
the invisible vibrations that fill the empty space around us.
Some scientists sneer at the mention of higher dimensions
because they cannot be conveniently measured in the laboratory.
- Michio Kaku
Newton's idea of temporal absolutism, and our limited perceptual capacity, commit human beings to the notion of both unidirectional time and its strict linearity. Yet, quantum mechanics reveals a much more complex and relativistic view of time and space. Klaus Riegel's work emphasizes the concept of time as dialectical, interrelated and says that events in our lives:
...lead to the formation of conflicts and resolutions...
temporal markings, produced by the synchronization
of these sequences and represent transitions in the
sequences of qualitative changes...
thus, elucidating the relative nature of the events, the sequential measure used, and meaning and awareness within a person's sense of time and space. In other words, our development into full human beings is not necessarily measured or appraisable vis-à-vis the traditional ordinal or interval temporal increments.
Quantum physics, and more specifically string theory, are gradually refining and delineating our understanding of time continuity and discontinuity. And these new understandings, being explored by brilliant, iconoclastic quantum physicists like Michio Kaku, give rise to so many potentials beyond our current comprehension; including a restructuring of our place in the Universe, time and events in which we play a role, and even the outer edges of transcendental possibilities such as time travel, parallel universes, and multiple dimensions.
The most phenomenally mysterious, consequential forces in our Universe, I believe, are precisely those that cannot be measured within a flask or under a microscope or with a psychometric tool. There is simply no way to measure time, space, fractal dimensions and meaning, or even love within the four walls of science.