Well, that’s the $60,000 question! In the first chapter of my book, TWIDDERS, I review current physics theories that lend insight into just how a spacetime slip can occur. It’s deep reading, and you want to have chocolate on hand to make it through that introductory chapter. Today, let’s just take one baby step towards TWIDDERS understanding.
Spacetime. For centuries mankind believed us humans lived in a three-dimensional world; height, width, depth. We now know there’s a fourth dimension; time. (Kudos to Einstein.) And yes, with the development of string theory, we are really, really sure there are many dimensions beyond the fourth.
Sticking with the first four—physicist Julian Barbour describes the passing of time, inseparably connected to space—as an illusion. Instead, he advises, consider that while we live through a series of events, all occur in the great NOW. No past, no future, just NOW.
Should his description of reality prove accurate, that may be the first shadowed peek into understanding how a person can
stumble into a slice of the past, or a view of the future.
So, go eat a piece of chocolate, and breath deep. We’ll cogitate on this topic more as “time” goes on!