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Am I weird if I believe that Plato was right when he said that everything is the shadow of a form in a deeper reality?

Plato said that a triangle as we see it is not a triangle but only a symbol to help us remember what it is. That before we're born, our spirit is on a plane where we see everything for what it truly is. Everything we see, is just a shadow of its actual form (which is on the same plane as our spirit). He used the Allegory of the Cave as an example to prove his point. The Allegory of the Cave: There were three men chained facing the wall in a cave with a big fire lit behind them and a passage from one end of the cave to the other just in front of the flame. People walked by and held objects up and stated what they were (such as books or cups) but all the three men could see were the shadows of the objects, and that became what they knew. One of the men escaped and came back to describe the objects to the other two men, but they couldn't understand what he meant. How can you explain something to someone who had only seen its shadow? This is what Plato believed and I agree but other students barely understand the concept. Am I strange for this?

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A line (1 dimension) is the shadow of a square (2 dimensional), side on
A square (2-D) is the shadow of a cube (3-D) lit from above.
So its presumed a cube (3-D) is the shadow of (what?) that is a 4-D object.

Mystery, what is that 4-D object ?

You're not strange,
only the best minds mull on this sort of challenging hypothesis.
It could lead to greater insight.

Einsten got his inspiration for his genius work
while riding a bus
and watching the city hall clock receding behind it.
and wondering what would happen
if the bus was at the speed of light.

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More to think about. What shadow would a 1 dimensional figure cast?
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Probably a 0 dimensional figure. Could we see a 0 dimensional figure in the plane Plato speaks of?
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OOH you got me there
but I think it would be a point,
from aline end on.
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So a point would be 0 dimensional, but what would come after that? Could there be a possible -1 dimension? Or a 5th dimension? Or any dimension in between?
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Sorry to get so questiony. You've sparked my thoughts lol.
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Lol your immediate progression of thoughts is great.
wow a -1 dimension, never thought of that !

Did you work out Space Odyssey 2001 storyline ?
Can you explain the last scene with a foetus floating above the Earth ?
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I've been thinking about that but I haven't quite figured it out. Or the giant black bar. I think that the universe is the womb the foetus is in or something lol. I'm still lost but I've only seen it once lol.
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Its about an expt run by super advanced beings, "how long for intelligence to evolve to high levels" ?

They put the first 1:4:9 dimension rod on planet earth in stone age and whichever animal touched it first got seeds of intelligence. (went on to use bones as tools.

Go to the future and humans find another monolith on moon and on touching it sends a pulse to Jupiter, so they head off to see whats there, w frozen astronauts and Hal the computer.

On the way it shows humans still rule over intelligent computers that have secretly evolved to have feelings and Hal 9000 gets shut down, despite trapping the last astrronaut outside the ship without a space helmet.

At Jupiter the last monolith sends him through a time tunnel to the "house".
he sees older and older men, himself actually, dying.

Then he is reborn (foetus) as one of the super beings and is assigned to be the God of Earth.

Amazing story huh ?
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THAT'S FRIGGIN COOL! :DDD It all makes sense now! So he himself gained superior knowledge of the universe by touching the rod and became god? OR he was god but he was aging so he had to go through the process of gaining knowledge to be reborn and have the ability to watch over the earth?
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It was all news to him.
He just happened to be the one that fell into the trap they set.
To be trapped you had to be a brilliantly intelligent specimen.

I watched to movie twice and didn get it,
then read the last few pages of the book.

Arthur C Clark (author) was a "futurist"
[search on that word for amazing stuff]
He was employed by US army to predict how things would evolve
He predicted paint made from a persons DNA to prevent allergic reactions.
He predicted engineers pumps would become like the heart.
And so much more.
I believe he retired to an Asian country for its beauty, simplicity and peace.
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Hi slast act as a human was to raise his finger to the final monolith at the end of his bed.
This triggered his transformation to a God.
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Notice in one of his aging scenes he has a limp,
presumably from a stroke
after his massive head bump as a younger man
when breaking back into the spaceship's airlock.
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Hmmm. I like my idea of a never-ending circle better lol.
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As far as we know there are 10 dimensions that are stacked on top of each other. The easily understood ones are 0-3 because those are ones we can easily see in everyday life. 0 is the point, 1 the line, 2 a flat object, and 3 the 3-d object. Where it starts to get tricky is 4 and beyond. The 4th dimension is time. The 5th would be any possible futures from any moment in time and the 6th would be any possible future from any possible time. It goes on with possible universes with possible laws of physics to infinity which is extremely hard to wrap your head around. If you need help picturing this there's a fantastic video on it on YouTube called imagining the 10th dimension
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I can't even imagine it :) God, I wish I could remember what these dimensions looked like :)) Can there be negative dimensions though?
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Oh and also a 4-d object would be the path or line any 3-d object takes from creation to destruction. Imagine tracing everything you do from birth until death in a line through time and that would be it
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So each moment in time we see is the "shadow" of our 4th dimensional line
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AGGH I LOVE THIS :DD I can just barely imagine it. Wish I could see it all for myself. So we only know up to the 10th dimension but the possibilities are absolutely endless! Imagine a 50th dimension! You can't! There's no possible way to imagine it! Only think it :DD
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And yes! That's basically Plato's theory! Our universe is just a shadow of a much deeper reality!:))))
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I think this heads off to multidimensional arrays.

We can imagine one that is say 100 x 100 x 100 points (1,000,000)
then move on to think each of those points is 100 x 100 x 100 themself
and each of those points was .... etc
this way we can have 9 dimensions or aspects or variables in one problem
or more,
depending how far you go making new points be array themselves.

i imagine this model will be used for artificial intelligence (at first)
Even knowing just a few points in the massive array will be able to be "smoothed"
so all points can be estimated as 1 or 0 or something in between.

Then insight will show that Karnaugh maps are more like the human brain.
several NAND or NOR gates can replace dozens of logic steps.
but then I get out of my depth for the time being

at the ,moment we are at the point where no "processes' are needed
because all of squadzillions of solutions can be tested
to see which is right.
One exception is the human genome which still taps into huge numbers of linked computers volunteering capacity worldwide to process their research.

Now the hunt is on for beauty on modeling rather than capacity to model.
The holy frail is artificial intelligence.
A C Clarke might be right, emotions just start with a certain threshhold of complexity of process possessed.

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Can you break that down for me? Went a little fast lol
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its in your future, matrices, you'll see heaps of uses for your bright mind and questions.
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Hmm. Wonder if I can get this started back up lol.
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No, its logical. Not sure if its the truth (: