Dead Ends.

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Dead end at Rydall Road

Dead ends. We encounter them everywhere everyday. From relationships to store room closets. Some are intentional, some are accidental. When we’re not expecting to be at one, we sometimes feel a sense of discomfort and tend to avoid going further, after all where is there to go?

Fortunately we don’t live in the 2D x&y world described by Edwin Abbott Abbott in Flatland: A Romance of Many dimensions. Yet we tend to presume that  when we reach a dead end wall there is no way to continue, that staying for too long is a risk and a waste of time. However, what if we added the z coordinate to our problem as Abbott did and cared to see what’s on the other side.

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Man falling through Flatland. Rudi Rucker (1985)

 

We can jump or climb yet we tend to take the simple route of turning back and walking away. Infinity doesn’t exist in the real world only in theory.

Hold my hand and let us fly as we care to see what’s on the other side.

Rucker, R. V. (1985). The fourth dimension: A guided tour of the higher universes. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.

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