The Horton Theory

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Have you ever wondered about extra-dimensional beings? Other universes? Aliens? Well this is something like that. It's my personal views on the subject. I actually wrote this article when I was like 14, but I've changed it around little bit. I'm curious about how you guys think of this, so please, by all means, comment your opinions! :)

Submitted: April 05, 2015

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Once upon a time, before my family life turned to shit, my brother and his girlfriend came over for dinner almost every Saturday night. I enjoyed those evenings, not because I liked my brother's company (actually, it was quite the contrary), but rather because his girlfriend was the only person I've ever met who had similar interests as mine. (I actually developed quite the crush on her, but that's a story for a different time.) She and I would sit down and, for hours on end, we'd discuss the things that we loved about the world and, in doing so, we'd also discuss the things that we hated about it.

On day in the spring of 2011, we were sitting on my bed, talking the way we usually did, and the topic of life on other planets happened to come up. Life does, after all, thrive in all the ridiculously wrong places, for example, the deep ocean where sunlight doesn't reach them and the pressure is so heavy that humans would be crushed to death under it. Suddenly, after she had mentioned that life may exist on Venus (or, in theory, any of the other planets in our solar system and beyond) in the form of a fifth-dimensional being, despite Venus's toxic atmosphere, the topic of extra dimensions and other universes came into the discussion, and thus was born the Horton Theory, whose name was derived from the title of the book Horton Hears a Who, by Dr. Seuss. I don't know if you've seen the movie or read the book, but let's assume you haven't. In this story, an elephant called Horton came across a pink flower that apparently "spoke" to him. No one he knew would believe him, until he finally managed to prove that an entire world of tiny people called Whos lived on a small white speck between two of the flower's petals. In the same sense, it's possible that on every object in our universe, big or small, some form of life exists, whether it's visible to the human eye or not (bacteria is actually a perfect example of this).

Humans, though we choose not to believe it, are very close-minded and it’s very frustrating to those of us who AREN'T. The majority of us don't believe in the existence of anything inconceivable to the human mind. If we can't understand it, it must not exist. But how can we prove that it doesn't exist? How do we know that we don't just have limited senses?

My brother's (now ex) girlfriend had given me the perfect example of limited senses during our discussion. She had pointed out that, as humans, we have five senses: smell, touch, taste, hearing and sight. The only way we know that everything around us is real is because everyone else around us experiences it simultaneously with one or more of those senses. For example, the only way you know that the sun is real is because everyone around you feels its warmth, sees its beauty or experiences the effect it has on the Earth at the same moment that you do. So the question is, how does one explain what it LOOKS like to a blind person, someone who has one sense less than you do?

That being said, how do you know that we aren't limited to dimensions? We (supposedly*) exist in the fourth dimension, right? Well, what exists beyond that? It's possible that there's something of the fifth dimension occupying the same space that we do, perhaps even on the Earth with us, that knows of our existence but neither of us know how to make contact with one another. I realize that this is a long shot, but it's still a possibility.

There's an episode of Stargate SG-1 that I think illustrates this beautifully. Samantha Carter and Daniel Jackson, if I remember correctly, were playing around with some sort of Go'auld technology that sent them into a different dimension. No one around them could see them or hear them, or even detect their presence, but Sam and Daniel could see everyone else. It was like being invisible.

Another (slightly less amusing) example takes place thousands of years ago, when early philosophers were debating whether atoms existed or not. We couldn't see them, but someone had proposed that they exist, and when the theory was proven true, that was a huge leap forward in the world of science. We discovered something completely invisible to the naked eye. Maybe we'll do it again someday.

I mean, how do we know that in two thousand years the presence of fifth and sixth and maybe even seventh dimensional beings will be proven to exist among us? Or that trillions of different universes will be discovered on the items that we hold in our hands everyday, let alone universes beyond the one in which we currently live? Or even that our universe itself exists on a small item possessed by an alien we could never imagine exists?

The universe is such a vastcomplex place. One day, we'll realize that we don't need to find all the answers to everything. We'll realize that the only thing that's truly important is to merely respect nature, because, despite how we seem to think, we don't own this planet. The planet owns us. And the universe owns the planet. We are merely tiny specks living upon a rock in a vast, empty void. 

That being said, when we go extinct ('cause it will happen), trees will continue to grow. The atmosphere will rid itself of the harmful pollutants and chemicals that we exposed it to. The sun will continue burning.

But when the helium core of our sun contracts, and it becomes nothing but a cold red ball of light, life at the bottom of the ocean will continue to thrive. The top of the oceans will freeze, yes, but at the very bottom, where the sun's heat and light never reached, the animals and plants that survived there undetected for millions of years will continue to live on as they always had.***

 

*The reason I said supposedly is because I don't believe that. I see us as 3rd dimensional beings: we have length, breadth & height. Time, commonly referred to as the fourth dimension, isn't something that I consider to be a dimension. Dimensions are something that can be measured. We can put a measurement on height, but we can't put a measurement on time. Time is relative. It changes for every observer, depending on location. For us, time moves at a pace we are familiar with (i.e., days last 24 hours, minutes 60 seconds, etc.). However, relativity causes that to change depending on your location in the universe. That being said, good luck changing the height, width or length of a steel box you bring with you on the trip around the universe.

***PLEASE CORRECT ME IF MY SCIENCE IS WRONG.***


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