July 29th, 2009

cognitive hazard

Just got reminded of something

I don't have the picture, since it's in my other computer right now (and not sure WHERE in the other computer it is), but I was recently reminded of a unique feature of Traipahni mathematics and the way they figure spacial stuff.

Okay, so you know how most humans think of space in terms of 4 dimensions (width, height, depth, and time)? Well, Traipahni people think of those things differently. I don't remember everything about it, but basically where we have 4 dimensions, they have at least 5. They have height, width, horizontal depth, angled depth, and then I can't remember if time was one dimension for them or several, or if they even had time as a dimension. There may have been others I'm forgetting, too.

Horizontal depth was what we normally think of as depth. Angled depth is depth at an angle.

Oh hey, found the image on my website:

I like the five I came up with before I found the picture better. Angled depth makes more sense to me than all those different depth dimensions. And time may be an illusion, but it's a useful one. And if you want to get really technical about it, space is an illusion too.

Also from my website:

The Six Dimensions

It is common knowledge amongst Traipahni scholars and Guild-persons that there are six dimensions, and this standard is used all over the world. Though most common people still use just the three, most are also aware that scholars and professionals use six. What we humans call the fourth dimension, or Time, is thought of differently on Traipah. It is considered not a single dimension but a whole tier of dimensions. This tier is called the moiulj'krain plane, or the space-time plane. There are at least as many dimensions through Time as there are through space. Thusly, the Traipahni people do not think of Time as a linear thing... their directions through time include not only forward, back, and "standing still," but also several forms of "sideways." The main reason for this is because there are only a couple obscure religions on Traipah that do NOT recognize the existence of alternate universes. But the directions through time that they acknowledge are far more complex even than that. We shan't go into any more detail, or you head shall spin.

I wish I *had* gone into more detail.