Whenever we read something scientific somewhere, we begin to feel like we know everything about science, myself included. So I hope I have been able to explain myself thoroughly and convey accurate information to my readers. Nonetheless, I need some theory background in physics to explain what I want to say more precisely. Don’t worry though, I promise these will be interesting. Read well because these will be on your midterm.
How to define time? What is it like the thing we call the “moment”? It is such that its dimensions go only one way—but the illusion is embedded in our point of view. Time is adjoint with space. ‘What we call the present moment is in fact the past that we have experienced already. As in, when we watch a movie, we are in fact looking at 24 consecutive pictures taken with one second intervals, and once those images are rapidly shown to us one after the other, we perceive the vision of a moving scene.
I imagine the world we live in in a similar manner, as though 3 dimensional images that are being shown to us one after another. But the number of images displayed in this case is not 24—think of it like you’re watching a movie where billions of images are shown to you consecutively. And the resolution is so high, and all the images are 3-dimensional, AND each includes taste, smell, and so on, all the senses we can perceive and process. You might have come across in some entertainment shows where there are 5-dimensiğonal movies, where you enter the movies and your seat also moves as the movie displays the scene of a giant falls as you feel like you are moving downwards along with the waterfall and the propeller blows towards you just as though you are facing the wind. Such an image that not only is it 3 dimensional but also imitating rain falling down on you, not only can you smell the humid soil but you also have a nice aftertaste in your mouth. All 5 senses are in play. Imagine a photograph where all of this is included.
Billions of photographs wherein all five senses are active come into being then disappear all in just one second.
As you are watching the GIF below, pixels of lights are sparkling in your screen. Another one appears as the previous disappears. A scene appears as another one fades and you get the sensation that Natalie Dormer is eating an apple.
And in real life when someone eats an apple in front of you it is just like the GIF above. The three-dimensional apple and the woman eating the apple is bringing the apple closer to her mouth scene by scene and bites it. In each image of the approaching apple, the previous image disappears. Everything including the woman, apple, hammock, leaves, the smell of the apple; they all disappears beyond our perception and in a blink of an eye new ones are being formed.
Imagine that billions of images, every single one of them is able to contain every single detail of the entire universe—not just the world but beyond it. Just like a hologram… every image is different than the one before. And since every image is shot, meaning happened already and long gone, they are all irreversible.
The “moment” we feel we experience consists of thousands of disappearing and reappearing holograms but our take of the issue is the world we live in, wherein we feel the material, smell the olfactories, feel pain when we hit our head.
Appearing and disappearing, new ones follow the previous ones instantly. We cannot retouch the images via photoshop. We live in a world governed by “entropy”. Everything moves toward higher disorder, that is. So when a piece of glass is broken, and energy is exposed into the environment, we cannot get the glass back into one piece by putting the broken small pieces together. It is more favorable to be dispersed, and universe prefers continuous random motion.
We are simultaneously the photograph and the photographer. And the camera is our brain.
The brain is made of neurons and synapses. And neurons are cells that work via electrical current. To put it bluntly, every cell is a gateway that works by an all-or-none event where they either allow the current to pass through them into the next neuron or don’t by reacting to the voltage. Like a light switch, 1 or 0. On or Off. (And electrons in this current are parts of a world that operate based on quantum mechanics at the quantum level).
Burned out yet? Hang in there—here comes the best part…
Atoms and subatomic particles are in fact vibrating unidimensional string-like units of energy. Once the strings come together, they become subatomic particles, electrons, protons, photons, atoms, objects, livings, humans, brains. The interesting thing is that these particles are all commonly shared among all beings regardless of them being alive or inanimate. Organic or ina-organic, every building block of every being is an atoms and electrons. Tomato, rock, water, air, bee, human, tiger, diamond, potato… and in fact, the building block of everything we can perceive is energy and they are in fact not concrete and not things you can hold in your hand. Even in the case of the most rigid substance, diamond, is in reality 99.999999% empty space. What gives entities their rigidity is the intramolecular forces and interatomic forces that attract the atoms and molecules to hold them together. It is the extent of the intermolecular force that decides how hard the substance will be, not the abundance of atoms it contains.
For instance, when we sit on a chair, the electrons surrounding the atoms in our flesh and the electrons that make up the hair repel each other. So much that the atoms of our skin do not even touch the atoms of the chair!! In short, we are sitting on the chair’s electrons and not on the chair itself. The touching sensation, the rigidity of the chair and such features originate as such. Texture and rigidity create the illusory sensation of contact with another object.
Let me surprise you some more. These pieces I am talking about are so small… For instance, imagine every atom in a sugar cube(not electrons, just atoms) as big as a sand particle. When every atom in a sugar cube is as large as a piece of sand, a foot of sand would cover the entire surface of the earth. And this is only the atoms in a cube of sugar. It is pretty difficult to imagine beings that are microscopically small. In turn, it is the electrons we are talking about in here, which are 2000 times smaller than a proton; and in an atom there are wandering electrons around the nucleus made of protons and neutrons.
To sum up, alive or inanimate every being makes up what we perceive as substances via the intramolecular and intermolecular force patterns that occur when the strings of vibrating energy particles come together. Our perception of them as hard, soft, fragile, liquid, gas etc is all about how strong the bonds are between the little strings. And Einstein’s famous theory of relativity serves to account for this phenomenon.
Mass, object, being, potato, tiger, human, olive oil, rubber—1 gram of a substance= 9 x10^16 Joules of energy. When once the energy from a substance with a mass of less than a gram was taken and used to make the atomic bomb, 70 thousands of people in Hiroshima were killed. Think of all beings in the entire universe. How much energy they may contain. Einstein’s theories give us an idea.
Living or inanimate all beings come into being with the bonding and motion of energy strings soming together and not by the sticking together of atoms. The stronger the bonds the harder the thing. Doesn’t matter if the thing is alive or inanimate. Everything—I mean, everything—has the same building block. And the entire universe appears and disappears continuously countless times.