Oct 13, 2012

Temporal Approach to Understand the Fourth Dimension

By Marsigit

Mikuma Yoshifumi, 1995, in his "Welcome to the 'Fourth Dimension' ", delivered the question “How, then, can we make a trip into the fourth dimention? He exhibited the following:

“We can look at "time" from a slightly different point of view. Mr. Tatsuo Motokawa, a biologist, says that mammals' time is proportional to the one fourth power of their weight. It means, the larger the size of the animal, the slower the passage of time becomes. Besides, the number of breathings and heartbeats and so on, which they do till they die, are all the same regardless of species. That is to say, each body size has a different unit of time. For example, it's usually said that an elephant's life is about one hundred years long and a rat's life is only a few years. Never let it be said that their lives are "transitory."

Because, according to Motokawa, elephants have their own sense of time and so do rats. In other words, how long we perceive rats can live is far less important than how long they would perceive they can live

I think this disrupts our precept of what "time" is. We tend to think "time" defies logic and is sensed exactly the same way across species.

Thus, we believe time is unchangeable, meaning "NO CONTROL OVER TIME." But if we take Motokawa's view on time seriously, time is not as absolute as we think it is. It does change”.

Yoshifumi, M. (1995) continued to then strived to redefine "time”. He thought that "time" belongs to both each person and each case; let's think about a lecture of ninety minutes.

He gave the example in the same room, some students feel this period to be too long while others feel it is very short. This difference in reaction occurs even within the same person.

If they happen to take a real liking to the subject, they perceive the ninty minutes to be short, and if they don't, it's the other way around. This means that everyone has their own sense of time and they have different feelings about "time" in different cases.

It's not that "time" exists first and we're all exclusively in it. It's that "we" exist as individuals who measure time differently in any given circumstance. And personal time has its own speed.

I think "time" becomes long or short depending upon our point of view. If we could start thinking like this, wouldn't it be our first step into the "fourth dimension?"

Further, Yoshifumi, M. (1995) showed that today we are living in a very busy society; and time ticks away as we move on.

He thought that our general reaction to daily routines would be "Too Much To Do, Too Little Time”; therefore, this attitude has something to do with one of our current problems, that is, 'stress.'

According to him, many of us are under increasing amounts of stress these days and there are even children suffer from stomach ulcers, which are considered to be a disease caused by stress and many of us seek out the ways to alleviate the stress.

But he concluded that whether we suffer from stress or not depends largely on whether we can go on a trip to the "fourth dimension."

Ouspensky, P.D. (1921) has had clearly temporal approach on four-dimensional body. He claimed that there are two kinds of motion, motion in space and motion in time; time is the fourth dimension of space and the time-sense is a limit of the space-sense.

Further, he claimed that by time, he means the distance separating events in the order of their succession and binding them in different wholes; this distance lies in a direction not contained in three-dimensional space, therefore it will be the new dimension of space.

Mikuma, Y., 1995, "Welcome to the 'Fourth Dimension' ", Hiroshima Toastmaster's Club, Hiroshima Bunkyo Women's University
Oupensky, P.D., 1970, Tertium Organum: A Key to the Enigmas of the World, New York: Vintage Books


  1. Sekarang kita hidup di dimensi tiga. Dimana dimensi tiga diartikan sebagai terdapatnya ukuran panjang, lebar dan tinggi dan ketiganya saling tegak lurus pada satu titik. Dimensi empat tidak akan ada pada dimensi tiga. Mungkin dimensi empat dan seterusnya adalah alam gaib. Tetapi manusia kadang ingin mencari disebalik fisiknya. Maka dimensi empat dapat ditambahkan waktu kerana ruang adalah dimensi tiga. Jadi unsur dimensi keempat ada yang berpikir adalah waktu. Waktu harus diperhitungkan sebagai suatu dimensi.

  2. Nama: Hendrawansyah
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    S2 PEP 2017 Kelas B

    Assalamualaikum wr wb

    Memang banyak siswa atau murid di sekolah merasakan waktunya begitu singkat dan ada juga yang mengatakan waktunya sangat lama.Ini sering terjadi di sekolah berdasarkan pengalaman.Jika pelajarannya menyenangkan lantas kemudian pelajaran tersebut berakhir, maka siswa tersebut akan mengatakan waktu begitu singkat berlalu begitupun sebaliknya.Contoh yang disuguhkan oleh Yoshifumi memiliki kesamaan layaknya di dalam lingkungan sekolah.Jelaslah bahwa setiap orang memiliki waktunya masing-masing.Dan setiap waktunya dirasakan berbeda meski berada pada ruang yang sma.
    Dalam postingan ini, saya melihat bahwa di dalam memahami ke empat dimensi menggunakan pendekatan temporal.Hal itu dapat dilhat dari teori dan pembahasannya yang lebih mengarahkan pada waktu.