TIME, DIMENSIONALITY & ONE EYED BABIES IN A NUTSHELL
I think I've got an answer to your dimensions question.
Which part of the question?
Ah............... none of it.
But, um, on a little tangent however
A tangent from dimensions?
Yeah! ......... You've got two eyes right?
When we're first conceived we only have one eye actually.
But then as we
it's one of the features in
the womb that breaks into two; but interestingly you only
Can I just say that Dr. H. is just looking very
No, it's true.
Wait one second Keith. When we're in the womb, we just have
one big eye?
Well you're wrong.
< LAUGHTER >
I believe so, I read it in a M.E.N.S.A. Journal.
It breaks into two?
Yeah, at the very start it's one eye and it splits into two,
< MORE DISBELIEVING LAUGHTER >
I'd like to think that. I'm with Allis on this one, that
in the womb we've just got one big eye.
< LAUGHTER >
When you go and have that thing, where they take that photograph
of the baby for the first time and you see this big eye staring
right back at you.
< LAUGHTER >
What do you say then Keith, sorry Keith, go on.
Well, we've got two eyes and we can see in 3D right?
If you close one of your eyes, you can see in 2D.
..No, I don't buy that at all.
Try it then.
Of course we're trying it, but it looks exactly the same.
It does not! Try this one though.....
It's you, you're wacky, you're not hooked up right. So lets
presume this nonsense for a minute.
Okay, now you get an extra eye right,
Can you see in four dimensions?
That presumes your argument, that with one eye you see in
only 1D and you don't.
No, 2D you fool!
< Oohs and Aahs >
I can't even do the 2D thing.
You're a freak!
No, I'm sorry, we're all with me on this aren't we? Just
before you go Keith and believe me, you are just going
< LAUGHTER >
Dr. H. here, who is a professional Doctor and has done the
whole thing, certificates and who does surgery, actually had
a stethoscope with her this morning. She's a proper Doctor
She's been a Dentist as well.
Dabbled in Dentistry. She was listening to you when you said
- " Listen you fool, you've got to do it". She did
what Doctors aren't supposed to do and she raised one index
finger to her temple and waved it around.
< MAD LAUGHTER >
and that was her diagnosis
one eye Allis?
I read it in,............ I think it was the New Scientist.
In Extremely New and Barmy Scientist.
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It's a tangent from that, it's the Barmy Scientist. That
would be great wouldn't it, if New Scientist had coming out
next Barmy Scientist? All the stuff that it had to reject,
but it's good. Glen, what do you want to add to this because
I love this, but I've no idea what I'm talking about?
Hello, well one of the tests of dimensionality
we say for a start that we live in a four-dimensional world
..if you remove one of the dimensions,
the object, or space, or whatever, ceases to exist.
< Hillbilly type chase music fades in and laughter in
the studio >
So the fourth dimension being time
As you say, when you come into the world you, you know, you
have a volume, you are there, you pop out.
You are also existing in time. There is a time that you know
you are there. You remove one of those
Yeah, I've got here Johnny in Camden has rung in and said
an image is one-dimensional, but the fact that's it's on paper
makes it two-dimensional surely?
No it's three-dimensional.
All right, so, um, yeah, it's on paper
tangible stuff here, give me tangible stuff. Say Dan, You
know your microphone, you can go around it and it's there.
But what else can there be, or is it just nice to speculate
there might be other stuff?
I think time is considered the fourth dimension only colloquially,
it's just because it's another measure that we can understand.
We're just making it up then?
No, although the fourth dimension probably isn't time, it's
probably another dimension, which hasn't got a name.
I'm sure we're all totally fed up, but I'm sorry folks (Cue
Hillbilly type chase music). There it goes. Join us next week
when Dan chases that old concept up and around the neighbourhood,
through the pesky farm, right into the chicken coop.
One dimension is this. Right it's a line.
Yeah, or even a spot because that is a line.
..(Mad Laughter from Dan and Hillbilly
type chase music fades in)
Excuse me, a spot is a line
.if I take my magnifying
Go on then, go on
If you're talking about a line as a physical line, like a
Then, that has three dimensions, If you go into that, there
is a thickness of graphite there, it has length, width
So, what kind of line are you talking about then?
Yeah, what kind of line has no thickness, apart from Millwall's
.Thank you everybody, I'm here for a week,
try the liver. Now which kind of line has no thickness?
No, no, I'm saying
.my problem is that we live,
we exist in a four-dimensional world
If you remove any one of those dimensions, it ceases to exist.
All right, all right, let's say that baloney's been bought
right and by the way, here's some real baloney and over here
I think is some ersatz baloney that we're dealing with
baloney just over here
..The fifth dimension anyone?
I know it's very easy for me to have a pop
want to understand this but,
Sixth? Seven? Anyone for the Eighth? Why is there eleven then?
I don't know, that's what I'd like to know. I mean I'd like
to understand that. I'd like a Nuclear Physicist to come on
and tell me exactly the other dimensions are and how therefore
they can know there are eleven.
All right, okay.
Anyone will do.
A one-dimensional universe would be what?
I'm no great expert at this, but I guess it would be a spot.
How about a photograph, isn't a photograph one-dimensional?
Why is that two-dimensional?
What's the difference between a spot and a photograph of
a spot, what's that?
That would be two-dimensional.
Well, all right.
A one-dimensional universe would be removing the two we know
exist. So it would be removing any combination in width, breadth
and height. Take any of those two away
these lines, the idea is, suppose you took away one of those
dimensions and you're left with a universe in which only breadth
and width existed. You have no concept of height or depth
< Danny laughs >
All right, all right. You thought I was making a joke about
No I didn't.
I can't get a concept about what you're talking about.
because it's like the concept of a new colour. Well
someone says it's a mixture of
.No, no it's a brand new
colour. You can't think what a new colour is.
Just let me finish the example here.
You really do exist in a three-dimensional world but you
don't have any concept
..we've removed one of them. Supposing
I passed a hoop over you, over your body, down to your feet,
you would be trapped because you have no concept or understanding
of height; you have no concept of moving up and down; you
can't step out of it.
No, no, somebody out there. Now I can't understand this concept
at all. I'm still not sure of dimensions one and two. I believe
dimension two is dimension one, it's just sub-letting or something.
What is a one-dimensional thing? That's all right, enough
jokes about Radio Shows there. What is a one-dimensional thing?
A line has only got one dimension because it's only got
can only measure it
All right then I'll buy this. A line is one-dimensional all
right? So that's a line and a photograph is what then?
It's two dimensional, because you can be further along or
further to the left or to the right, because you're moving
along the surface of the photograph.
I think I'm understanding that okay and then there's a huge
chunk between that and the three dimensions.
The third dimension is when you can actually move above and
below the photograph, because you're actually moving in a
The fourth dimension anyone?
Well so they say, but that doesn't make any sense. I'm losing
the concept. There goes the concept (Cue Hillbilly type chase
music) Dan's after it, but he's not going to catch it. The
concept is up and over the hill and it's away.