Sunday, October 14, 2012
Roleplaying and the Multiverse
While doing research for my adventure I'm writing, I wanted to be clear that the adventure was happening in an Alternate Earth -- or an Alternate Universe (in Fantasy RPG speak, we'd call this an alternate prime material plane). So, I went to refresh my mind on Quantum Mechanics to make sure that I was being accurate. These thoughts are only a hypothesis or just thinking out loud.
It's so fun being vindicated. Watching "Imagining the Tenth Dimension" vlogs, the physicist says that we move through the 5th or 6th Dimension (there are officially 10 dimensions recognized by Science). Some people would say we move only through the 4th dimension and that our course in time is fixed and there is no deviation. They say that we are finite, and some people who read my blog would embrace this and say that their course is fixed in their journey through the Universe and there is no deviation from their course and people have to accept their course in Life.
However, we have the ability to send our minds to the Past and to the Future, imagining the past as remembering what we have done and imagining the future on our course. If we can send our minds forwards and backwards in time, then we have the ability to choose our course. If we have the ability to choose our course, then we can certainly change our natures. And if we can change, then in reality we are infinite, and we experience absolutely all possibilities at once. Yep, that means that you are simultaneously experiencing being different and are capable of changing to be different.
We are like the photon, which moves at the speed of light, and therefore has no speed relative to its point of observation. Since a photon has no speed, according to it's point of view, it's everywhere at once and the speed of light through a vacuum (c) has no relevance. Like the photon at any given point in time, we are anything at once, choosing what to experience through our bodies' five senses at any given point. This is called collapsing the quantum wave function of possibilities, or using terms from the Expanded Psionics Handbook, manifesting Reality Revision. its unfortunate that most people do it unconsciously rather than consciously, as we should do.
Thus we move in six dimensions when we make a choice and we move in five dimensions when our choice is made. However, what if our minds are capable in moving through the 7th Dimension? When we imagine that the seventh dimension is the ability to "plane walk" or "plane hop" as in Planescape, then perhaps through our imaginations we can travel through the 7th Dimension.
Since our subconscious can't tell the difference between what we imagine and what we see through our five senses, then in a real way we can "plane walk" and travel through the 7th Dimension. As role-players, we have the ability to send our minds to other places and interact with them. We interact through the story the GM sets up for us and we certainly imagine as if we are there playing through an [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alter_ego]alter ego[/url] (wikipedia link). And like I said before, our subconscious can't tell the difference between reality and fantasy when we imagine something so it's as if we are actually there experiencing what the GM has set up for us. We can choose to be anybody or anything while playing in a roleplaying game, so in a real way we are moving through the 7th Dimension.
I think that's neat! Watching the vlogs vindicates or corroborates my spiritual beliefs about myself and my place in the Universe. Of course, someone may debate this, but I guess that is to be expected.