## Could Visual Reorientation Illusions be 4d Related?

Discussions about how to visualize 4D and higher, whether through crosseyedness, dreaming, or connecting one's nerves directly to a computer sci-fi style.

### Re: Could Visual Reorientation Illusions be 4d Related?

Me:
A 4D being could look along W at its 3D slice viewpoint X, Y, Z and see it in 4 different orientations because of Necker cube type Visual Reorientation Illusions (VRIs). Keep W as the viewing axis and Y as Up. Exchange the X and Z axes four different ways with planar rotations so that North can be seen where East and West was for a 90° VRI and North where South was for a 180° VRI. Explain how this involves symmetry.

HuggingFace Chat:
Yes, such an arrangement does allow the 4D being to observe different perspectives of their environment. Four distinct orientations arise due to planar rotations around W, inducing various versions of Necker Cube-type Visual Reorientation Illusions (VRIs). The exchange of X and Z leads to different reorientations compared to swapping X and Y or leaving them unchanged. Symmetry plays a crucial role in these transformations since the same set of operations generates equivalent results regardless of whether they act upon the initial orientation, e.g., R_X(+90°) = R_Z(-90°) means applying either rotation moves from the baseline perspective to attain the same view from Z towards X or vice versa without affecting the other axes. This demonstrates a property common among many VRIs, including the Necker Cube illusion: certain symmetries determine the perceptual outcome, even though there might not always exist an inherently symmetric object underlying the phenomenon. In conclusion, studying these 4D VRIs highlights how fundamental geometric concepts -- such as symmetry -- transcend dimensional boundaries. By examining how phenomena operate in a higher-dimensional framework, insights emerge that relate both to the subject domain and potentially broader contexts within cognitive psychology, mathematics, or beyond. Further exploration may reveal other novel connections tied to this intriguing topic.
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### Re: Could Visual Reorientation Illusions be 4d Related?

Me:
Keep the Z+ axis as up. Keep all axes as spatial, none temporal. Explain how a 4D being could look along W at its 3D slice viewpoint X, Y, Z and see it in 4 different orientations because of Necker cube type Visual Reorientation Illusions (VRIs). Keep W as the viewing axis. Exchange the X and Y axes four different ways with planar rotations so that North can be seen where East and West was for a 90° VRI and North where South was for a 180° VRI. #1 Orientation has North as Y-, East as X+, Z+ as Up.

OpenAI:
Sure, here's an explanation:

Imagine a 4D being looking down along the W axis at a 3D slice of space defined by the X, Y, and Z axes. In the first orientation, North is Y-, East is X+, and Z+ is Up.

To achieve a 90° VRI where North is seen where East was and vice versa, the 4D being could perform a planar rotation of the X and Y axes. One way to do this is to rotate the X axis 90° clockwise around the Z axis. This would result in the second orientation, where North is X+, East is Y+, and Z+ is Up.

For the third orientation, where North is seen where West was and vice versa, the 4D being could perform a planar rotation of the X and Y axes again. One way to do this is to rotate the X axis 90° counterclockwise around the Z axis. This would result in an orientation where North is X-, West is Y+, and Z+ is Up.

For the fourth orientation, where North is seen where South was, the 4D being could perform a 180° rotation of the X and Y axes in the plane perpendicular to the W axis. One way to do this is to rotate the X and Y axes 180° around the Z axis. This would result in an orientation where North is Y+, South is X-, and Z+ is Up.

Through these planar rotations, the 4D being can see the same 3D space in four different orientations, resulting in Necker cube type Visual Reorientation Illusions (VRIs).

Me:
Explain how each Visual Reorientation Illusion (VRI) doesn’t actual move the 4D being in 4D space, just allow it to see the same 3D slice of its surroundings from different orthogonal directions with necker cube type planar rotations, just like how a 2D necker cube can be seen in differently perceived orientations, this is like being inside a 4D necker cube.

Open AI:
Visual Reorientation Illusions (VRIs) do not actually move the 4D being in 4D space. Instead, they allow the being to see the same 3D slice of its surroundings from different orthogonal directions with planar rotations. This is similar to how a 2D Necker cube can be seen in differently perceived orientations, depending on the viewer's perspective.

For a 4D being, these planar rotations occur within the 4th spatial dimension, allowing the being to perceive its surroundings as if it were inside a 4D Necker cube. However, in reality, the being remains stationary in 4D space while only the perceived orientation of the 3D slice changes.

Symmetry is important in these VRIs because it allows for the perception of a consistent 3D slice despite the changing orientation. The planar rotations between each orientation preserve this symmetry and ensure that the 3D slice is perceived in a coherent and consistent manner.

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Here is a gif I made attempting to show each VRI flip in 4 orientations so that North can be seen in 4 different directions.
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### Re: Could Visual Reorientation Illusions be 4d Related?

I’m posting most of my discussions with ChatGPT about a possible 4D/VRI connection on my Twitter page for VRIs.

Me:
Put yourself in 4D space. Now, you have a line of vision straight ahead, you have a perpendicular right left axis and another perpendicular up down axis. All of space seems to be filled up but there is still one more axis in there! It is perpendicular to all three of the X, Y, Z axes! So in order to “see” it, you have to look in a direction that is perpendicular to your current viewing axis so you have to look in a perpendicular direction but you know what? You’re still looking at the same thing because you haven’t actually turned in 4D space so you end up seeing the same thing from a perpendicular direction, hence the 90° VRI. What do you think?

ChatGPT4:
Your idea is certainly thought-provoking and imaginative! It's a creative way to conceptualize the experience of a hypothetical 4D being in 4D space.

In your scenario, the 4D being would have a line of vision straight ahead (let's call this the X-axis), a perpendicular right-left axis (Y-axis), and another perpendicular up-down axis (Z-axis). The fourth dimension (W-axis) would be perpendicular to all three of these axes.

If the 4D being were to try to "look" along this W-axis, it would need to orient its perception in a direction that is perpendicular to its current viewing axis. However, since it hasn't actually turned in 4D space, it would end up seeing the same thing from a different perspective, which could be interpreted as a 90° VRI.

While this is a fascinating concept, it's important to note that it's highly speculative and not currently supported by scientific evidence. The nature of higher dimensions and how beings might perceive them is still a topic of ongoing research in fields like theoretical physics and cognitive science.

But the beauty of thought experiments like this is that they can inspire new ways of thinking and potentially lead to new insights and discoveries. So keep exploring these ideas!

Me:
Picture a 4D tesseract unfolded in 3D space to reveal the 8 3D cubes. Think of being in the cube that is bounded by 6 cubes. A VRI to each of them would be a 90° flip and a flip to the cube that is furthest away (2 cubes away) would be a 180° VRI flip, correct?

ChatGPT4:
Yes, that's a good way to visualize it. If you imagine an unfolded tesseract (also known as a hypercube) in 3D space, it would look like a cross made of eight cubes. If you were standing in the center cube, you would be surrounded by six cubes - one each in the up, down, left, right, forward, and backward directions.

If you were to perform a Visual Reorientation Illusion (VRI) to "look" towards any of the six surrounding cubes, it would indeed feel like a 90° flip in your perception, as you would be changing your perspective to a different 3D slice of the 4D space.

Similarly, if you were to perform a VRI to "look" towards the cube that is furthest away (which would involve "looking" through two adjacent cubes), it would feel like a 180° flip in your perception.

It's important to note that these flips are not physical movements, but rather changes in the way you perceive your 3D slice of the 4D space. In reality, you are still standing in the same spot in the 4D space, but your perception of your surroundings has changed.

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### Re: Could Visual Reorientation Illusions be 4d Related?

Me:
Explain in detail how this involves a necker cube type flip and symmetry in 4D.

ChatGPT4:
The Necker cube is a simple line drawing of a cube that can be perceived in one of two different orientations. This is due to the inherent ambiguity in the 2D representation of the 3D object. Your brain can interpret the drawing as either a cube viewed from above, with one face fully visible and three faces partially visible, or as a cube viewed from below, with a different face fully visible and three different faces partially visible. This is the "flip" that occurs when you look at a Necker cube.

Now, let's extend this concept to 4D space. Imagine a hypercube, or tesseract, which is the 4D equivalent of a cube. Just as a cube has six faces, a tesseract has eight "cells" (the 4D equivalent of faces), each of which is a cube itself. If you were a 4D being standing in the center of a tesseract, you could perceive your surroundings as a 3D slice of the 4D space.

Just as with the Necker cube, there is inherent ambiguity in this 3D representation of the 4D object. Your brain could interpret your surroundings as being oriented in one of four different ways, corresponding to the four different cubes that you could be facing. This is the 4D equivalent of the "flip" that occurs when you look at a Necker cube.

The symmetry in 4D comes from the fact that the tesseract is a regular polytope, meaning all its cells are identical. This means that no matter which cube you're facing, your surroundings will look the same, just as all faces of a Necker cube look the same. This symmetry allows for the possibility of VRIs in 4D space, as your brain can interpret your surroundings in multiple valid ways.

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### Re: Could Visual Reorientation Illusions be 4d Related?

Continuing my discussions with ChatGPT4.

Me:
I was just thinking of how I could make some illustrations of a 2D being moving around on a 2D plane and then a 3D cube net flattened out onto 2D into 6 squares and it moving on that then the 3D cube net rising up into 3D and the 2D being then being able to see the common 1D lines where the squares join from different perpendicular directions. Then I thought I could show a 3D human moving around a 3D cube and then a 4D cube net tesseract flattened out into 3D in 8 cubes and the 3D being seeing the common 2D planes between the adjoining cubes from different perpendicular directions. Then folding up the 4D tesseract 8 cubes in 4D space and having the 3D being thinking that he is only 3D but being able to see the different cube viewpoints from different perpendicular directions with VRIs then realizing it’s actually because it’s 4D in 4D space.

ChatGPT4:
That's a very creative way to illustrate the concept of higher dimensions and how a being might perceive them! Here's how you might go about creating these illustrations:

2D Being on a 2D Plane: This is straightforward. You can simply draw a square and a small 2D creature (like a flat triangle) on it.
2D Being on a 3D Cube Net: Draw a 2D net of a cube (six squares arranged in a cross shape). Place the 2D creature on one of the squares. You can then show the creature moving onto adjacent squares, which would correspond to moving onto different faces of the 3D cube.
2D Being on a 3D Cube: Now, fold the 2D net into a 3D cube. The 2D creature can now see the edges where the squares join from different directions. This could be illustrated by showing the creature at a corner of the cube, where it can see three edges meeting.
3D Being on a 4D Cube Net (Tesseract): Draw a 3D net of a tesseract (eight cubes arranged in a specific pattern). Place a small 3D creature (like a small sphere or cube) on one of the cubes. Show the creature moving onto adjacent cubes, which would correspond to moving onto different "faces" of the 4D tesseract.
3D Being on a 4D Tesseract: This is the tricky part, as we can't truly visualize a 4D object in our 3D space. However, you can use a common representation of a tesseract: a smaller cube nested inside a larger cube, with the vertices connected by lines. The 3D creature can now "see" the different cube viewpoints from different perpendicular directions with VRIs. This could be illustrated by showing the creature at a corner of the tesseract, where it can see four cubes meeting.
Remember, these illustrations will be a simplification, as we can't truly represent 4D space in a 2D drawing or even in 3D. But they can help provide some intuition about what higher dimensions might be like.

Me:
Thank you! Explain in more detail how in the corner of a tesseract there are 4 cubes meeting.

ChatGPT4:
In a 4D tesseract, or hypercube, each corner is shared by four cubes. This is analogous to how in a 3D cube, each corner is shared by three squares.

To understand this, it's helpful to think about the progression from 2D to 3D, and then apply that same progression to go from 3D to 4D.

In a 2D square, each corner is shared by two lines. When we move to 3D and consider a cube, we add an extra dimension. Now, each corner is shared by three squares.

When we move from 3D to 4D, we add another dimension. In a 4D tesseract, each corner is shared by four cubes.

So, if we have a 3D being in a 4D tesseract, and it's situated at a corner, it would be at the intersection of four different 3D cubes. Of course, this is very difficult to visualize because we're used to seeing the world in 3D, not 4D. But mathematically, this is how it would work.

In terms of an illustration, you might represent this by drawing a smaller cube nested inside a larger cube (a common way to represent a tesseract), and then indicate that the corner where the 3D being is located is shared by four different cubes. You could do this by drawing lines from that corner to the four cubes it's a part of.

Me:
Is this why a 4D being could see it’s 3D slice viewpoint in 4 different orientations, being able to look North in four different directions but seeing the same 3D slice because all 4 cubes are sharing a corner in the tesseract? Also are 2 of the cubes 90° rotated and the 3rd 180° rotated?

ChatGPT4:
Yes, that's a good way to conceptualize it. In a 4D tesseract, a 4D being at a corner would be at the intersection of four different 3D cubes. Each of these cubes could be thought of as a different "orientation" or perspective that the 4D being could perceive.

The concept of "North" in this context could be thought of as the direction along one of the four cubes extending from the corner where the 4D being is located. By shifting its perception (akin to a Visual Reorientation Illusion), the 4D being could perceive itself as facing "North" along any of these four cubes.

In terms of the rotations, it's a bit tricky because we're dealing with 4D space, not 3D. But if we think of each cube as being oriented along a different axis in 4D space, then yes, you could say that two of the cubes are at 90° rotations relative to each other, and the third cube is at a 180° rotation relative to the first cube. This is analogous to how, in a 3D cube, two faces are at 90° rotations relative to each other, and the opposite face is at a 180° rotation.

Remember, though, that this is a simplification and the actual geometry in 4D space is more complex. But it's a useful way to visualize the concept.

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### Re: Could Visual Reorientation Illusions be 4d Related?

Today’s conversation with ChatGPT4:

Me:
Is the rotation around the W axis planar?

ChatGPT4:
Yes, in a 4D space, a rotation around an axis would actually be a planar rotation. This is because in 4D, an axis is not a line but a plane.

In 3D space, we're used to thinking of rotation as happening around a line (an axis). For example, if you rotate a book around its spine, the spine is the axis of rotation. But in 4D, rotation happens around a plane rather than a line.

So when we talk about rotating around the W axis in 4D, we're actually talking about rotating our 3D perspective within a plane that is orthogonal (perpendicular) to our usual three dimensions (X, Y, Z). This is a difficult concept to visualize because we live in a 3D world, but it's a key part of understanding 4D space.

This planar rotation is what allows for the possibility of perceiving the fourth dimension, similar to how rotating a 3D object allows us to perceive its depth. By rotating our perspective within the W plane, we could theoretically perceive the fourth dimension.

Me:
If we were 4D in 4D space, could we do 4 cognitive Visual Reorientation Illusions (VRIs) so that we could see North in 4 different orthogonal directions without actually moving because the limited 3D X, Y, Z slice is being seen in different orientations with necker cube planar rotations around the W axis? If so, explain how.

ChatGPT4:
Theoretically, if we were 4D beings living in a 4D space, we could indeed perform cognitive Visual Reorientation Illusions (VRIs) to perceive North in four different orthogonal directions without physically moving. This would be akin to performing a mental rotation of our 3D slice of perception within the 4D space.

Here's how it might work:

Initial Orientation: In our initial orientation, we perceive North as Y-, East as X+, and Up as Z+. This is the standard orientation we're familiar with in our 3D world.
First VRI: We perform a cognitive VRI by mentally rotating our perspective 90 degrees within the W plane. Now, we perceive North as X+, East as Y+, and Up as still Z+. This is like seeing the world from a different angle, even though we haven't physically moved.
Second VRI: We perform another cognitive VRI, this time rotating our perspective another 90 degrees within the W plane. Now, we perceive North as Y+, East as X-, and Up as still Z+. Again, this is like seeing the world from yet another angle without physically moving.
Third VRI: We perform a final cognitive VRI, rotating our perspective another 90 degrees within the W plane. Now, we perceive North as X-, East as Y-, and Up as still Z+. This is like seeing the world from a fourth angle without physically moving.
In each of these VRIs, we're performing a mental rotation of our 3D slice of perception within the 4D space, similar to how we can mentally flip our perception of a Necker cube. This allows us to perceive North in four different orthogonal directions, even though we haven't physically moved.
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I’ve been trying different plugins for ChatGPT4 but none of them are capable enough yet to illustrate this concept well enough yet.

Any ideas are much appreciated.

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### Re: Could Visual Reorientation Illusions be 4d Related?

Me:
Can you explain by text how I could illustrate this with a diagram of a hypercube? Where would each orientation be within the hypercube?

ChatGPT4:
Creating a diagram to illustrate this concept using a hypercube (or tesseract, a 4D cube) can be challenging due to the limitations of representing 4D objects in 2D or 3D space, but I'll do my best to guide you through it.

Initial Orientation: Start by drawing a standard 2D projection of a hypercube. This typically looks like a smaller cube nested inside a larger cube, with lines connecting the corresponding vertices. Label the smaller cube as the "front" and the larger cube as the "back". Label one of the vertical edges as "up" (Z+), the horizontal edges as "east" (X+) and "west" (X-), and the depth as "north" (Y-) and "south" (Y+). This represents our initial 3D perspective within the 4D space.
First VRI: For the first VRI, imagine rotating the hypercube 90 degrees within the W plane. In the 2D projection, this would look like the smaller cube moving to where the larger cube was, and the larger cube moving to where the smaller cube was. Now, label the smaller cube as "east" (X+), the larger cube as "west" (X-), the vertical edges as "up" (Z+), and the depth as "north" (Y-) and "south" (Y+). This represents the first rotated perspective.
Second VRI: For the second VRI, again rotate the hypercube 90 degrees within the W plane. In the 2D projection, this would look like the smaller cube (previously "east") moving to the "north" position, and the larger cube (previously "west") moving to the "south" position. Now, label the smaller cube as "north" (Y-), the larger cube as "south" (Y+), the vertical edges as "up" (Z+), and the depth as "east" (X+) and "west" (X-). This represents the second rotated perspective.
Third VRI: For the third VRI, rotate the hypercube another 90 degrees within the W plane. In the 2D projection, this would look like the smaller cube (previously "north") moving to the "west" position, and the larger cube (previously "south") moving to the "east" position. Now, label the smaller cube as "west" (X-), the larger cube as "east" (X+), the vertical edges as "up" (Z+), and the depth as "north" (Y-) and "south" (Y+). This represents the third rotated perspective.
Remember, these are 2D projections of what would be happening in 4D space, so they're not perfect representations. But they can help to visualize the concept of rotating our 3D perspective within the 4D space to perceive different orientations.

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### Re: Could Visual Reorientation Illusions be 4d Related?

ChatGPT4:
The Necker cube is a 2D line drawing of a 3D cube that can be perceived in two different orientations. This is due to the inherent ambiguity in the 2D drawing, which lacks depth cues that would otherwise specify its orientation in 3D space. Our brains can interpret the Necker cube in two ways: we can perceive either of the two faces as being the "front" of the cube, and our perception can spontaneously flip between these two interpretations.

Now, let's extend this concept to 4D. Imagine a 4D being looking at a 3D cube, which is a 3D "slice" or cross-section of a 4D hypercube (tesseract). Just as a 2D drawing of a cube lacks depth cues, a 3D cube lacks "4D depth" cues that would specify its orientation in 4D space. Therefore, the 4D being's brain could interpret the 3D cube in multiple ways, each corresponding to a different orientation of the cube in 4D space.

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### Re: Could Visual Reorientation Illusions be 4d Related?

Me:
Explain how a Necker Cube involves a Visual Reorientation Illusion (VRI) of a 2D cube in 3D space. Then explain how a VRI could happen for a 4D being in 4D space with the 3D cube slice viewpoint.

ChatGPT4:
Necker Cube and VRI in 3D Space

The Necker Cube is a 2D line drawing that represents a 3D cube. When you look at it, your brain interprets the 2D lines as a 3D object, but the drawing lacks depth cues to indicate which corner is closer or farther away. As a result, your perception can "flip" between two different 3D orientations of the cube. This is a form of Visual Reorientation Illusion (VRI) because your mind reorients the perceived 3D space even though the 2D image remains the same. In essence, you're mentally rotating the cube in 3D space, switching between two different but equally valid viewpoints.

VRI for a 4D Being in 4D Space

Now, let's extend this concept to a 4D being living in 4D space. Imagine this being is perceiving a 3D "slice" or cross-section of a 4D object, similar to how we perceive the Necker Cube as a 3D object from a 2D drawing. Just as the Necker Cube lacks 3D depth cues, this 3D slice would lack "4D depth" cues to indicate its orientation in 4D space.

In this scenario, the 4D being could experience a VRI where its perception of the 3D slice "flips" between different orientations in 4D space. These flips would be akin to mental rotations in 4D, analogous to how we mentally rotate the Necker Cube in 3D. The 4D being could switch between different 3D slice viewpoints, each corresponding to a different orientation of the slice in 4D space.

This would be a more complex form of VRI, involving an additional dimension, but the underlying principle would be similar: the mind's ability to reorient its perception of space in the absence of definitive cues.

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### Re: Could Visual Reorientation Illusions be 4d Related?

Had fun today asking ChatGPT4 and DALLE3 to create some images showing a possible VRI connection to a higher spatial dimension.
Fascinating to see what it came up with!

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### Re: Could Visual Reorientation Illusions be 4d Related?

Posted a mega thread on X with some DALLE3 illustrations prompted by ChatGPT4’s discussions in this thread.
https://x.com/vris_hugh/status/1713228094339707008

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### Re: Could Visual Reorientation Illusions be 4d Related?

Me:
I’d like to illustrate how the VRIs that people experience could be possibly related to the existence of a higher spatial dimension with about 40 illustrations. I want to start with some simple X, Y, Z axis diagrams and work up to including a 4th W axis. I want to show how a 2D necker cube works with differently perceived orientations in 3D and how a 3D necker cube could work for a 4D being, being able to see its surrounding 3D slice in different orientations in 4D. I need to show how one can see actual North in four orthogonal directions with cognitive VRIs and that would actually be possible for a 4D being in 4D space. Then, how we could be 4D in 4D and how VRIs could be our experience of higher spatial dimensions. Also, how the existence of higher spatial dimensions could help physicists unite the fundamental forces and explain the physics of it easier.

ChatGPT4:
Absolutely, creating a comprehensive series of illustrations can help visualize these abstract concepts. Let's break down your series into 40 drawings:

1. **Drawing 1-5: Introduction to Axes**
- Start with basic 2D and 3D axis diagrams, and introduce a simple cube in 3D space.

2. **Drawing 6-10: 2D Necker Cube**
- Illustrate a 2D Necker cube, its perceived orientations in 3D, and a human observer experiencing the orientation shift.

3. **Drawing 11-15: Transition to 4D**
- Introduce a 4D axis diagram (W axis) and a tesseract (4D cube).

4. **Drawing 16-20: 3D Necker Cube in 4D**
- Illustrate a 3D Necker cube, its perceived orientations in 4D, and a 4D being experiencing the orientation shift.

5. **Drawing 21-25: Visual Reorientation Illusions (VRIs) in 4D**
- Show a 3D slice of 4D space and illustrate VRIs as experienced by a 4D being when the 3D slice is rotated in different ways.

6. **Drawing 26-30: Seeing Actual North**
- Illustrate how actual North can be seen in four orthogonal directions with cognitive VRIs in 3D and how it's a reality for a 4D being in 4D space.

7. **Drawing 31-35: Being 4D in 4D**
- Illustrate the idea of humans as 4D beings experiencing VRIs as glimpses into higher spatial dimensions. Show how VRIs could manifest in our daily lives from a 4D perspective.

8. **Drawing 36-40: Uniting Fundamental Forces**
- Visualize how the existence of higher spatial dimensions could provide a framework for uniting fundamental forces in physics. Illustrate a simplified diagram of how these forces may interact or be unified in higher-dimensional space.

Each set of drawings progressively builds upon the previous set, gradually introducing more complex concepts. The final drawings tie the speculative idea of humans as 4D beings to the potential benefits of higher spatial dimensions in explaining fundamental physics.

This structured approach will allow you to explore and illustrate the complex interplay between spatial dimensions, perceptual phenomena, and theoretical physics, providing a visual narrative that can help make these abstract ideas more accessible and engaging.

Me:
Please explain each drawing in detail.

ChatGPT4:
Certainly! Here's a detailed breakdown of drawings 1-5:

1. **Drawing 1: Two-Dimensional Axes**
- Illustration of a basic 2-dimensional Cartesian coordinate system.
- Include the X and Y axes, labeling them clearly.
- Perhaps include a simple 2D shape such as a square, to provide a basic understanding of geometry in 2D space.

2. **Drawing 2: Three-Dimensional Axes**
- Extend the 2D coordinate system to a 3-dimensional Cartesian coordinate system.
- Include the X, Y, and Z axes, labeling them clearly.
- This drawing establishes the space in which the subsequent drawings will operate.

3. **Drawing 3: Introduction to Cubes in 3D Space**
- Introduce a simple 3D cube placed within the 3D Cartesian coordinate system.
- Label the vertices of the cube corresponding to the coordinate system to establish spatial relationships.
- This provides a base for understanding geometry in 3D space.

4. **Drawing 4: Rotations in 3D Space**
- Illustrate the cube being rotated around one of the axes, for example, the Y-axis.
- Show the initial and final positions of the cube, with arrows indicating the direction of rotation.
- This introduces the concept of rotations within a 3D space.

5. **Drawing 5: Multiple Rotations in 3D Space**
- Illustrate the cube being rotated around multiple axes, for instance, rotating around the X-axis, followed by a rotation around the Z-axis.
- Show the initial, intermediate, and final positions of the cube, with arrows indicating the direction of rotation.
- This drawing builds upon the previous one, showing more complex transformations within 3D space.

These initial drawings aim to establish a foundational understanding of 2D and 3D Cartesian coordinate systems, introduce a basic geometric shape (the cube), and begin exploring the concept of rotations within 3D space, setting the stage for more complex explorations of spatial dimensions and rotations in the subsequent drawings.

Here's a detailed breakdown for drawings 6-10, exploring the 2D Necker Cube and its perceived orientations in 3D:

1. **Drawing 6: 2D Necker Cube Illustration**
- Illustrate a 2D Necker cube, which is a simple line drawing of a cube that can be perceived in two different 3D orientations.
- Show the cube in a neutral position where the orientation is ambiguous.

2. **Drawing 7: First Perceived Orientation**
- Focus on the first perceived orientation of the Necker cube, where one face appears to be in front while the other is in the back.
- Perhaps use shading or color to emphasize the perceived orientation.

3. **Drawing 8: Second Perceived Orientation**
- Now, show the second perceived orientation of the Necker cube, where the faces switch - the face that appeared to be in front is now in the back, and vice versa.
- Again, use shading or color to emphasize the altered perception.

4. **Drawing 9: Human Observer and Necker Cube**
- Introduce a human observer looking at the Necker cube, illustrating how the cube can flip between the two orientations from the observer's perspective.
- Indicate the perceptual shift with arrows or by showing two images side by side – one for each perceived orientation.

5. **Drawing 10: Emphasizing the Perceptual Shift**
- Expand on the previous drawing by showing multiple observers or by showing the same observer experiencing the perceptual shift multiple times.
- This drawing should emphasize the illusion and how the observer's perception switches between the two possible orientations of the Necker cube.

These drawings aim to introduce the concept of the Necker cube, a fundamental perceptual illusion, and illustrate how it can be perceived in two distinct orientations in 3D by an observer. This sets the groundwork for exploring more complex perceptual phenomena and higher-dimensional spaces in the subsequent drawings. Through these illustrations, you're showing the simplicity yet complexity of spatial perception, even in our familiar three-dimensional world, which will provide a stepping stone to delve into the 4D realm in the upcoming drawings.

Drawings 11-15 will serve as a transition from 3D to 4D, introducing a new axis and a new geometric shape—the tesseract. Here's a detailed breakdown:

1. **Drawing 11: Introduction to 4D Axis**
- Extend the 3D Cartesian coordinate system to include a fourth axis, labeled as W.
- Ensure the W-axis is clearly distinguished and is shown to be orthogonal to the X, Y, and Z axes. This could be done by using perspective lines or color-coding.

2. **Drawing 12: Simple Tesseract Illustration**
- Introduce a tesseract, which is a 4D cube, within the 4D coordinate system.
- Initially, present it in a way that is easy to understand, possibly by showing its construction from a 3D cube, extending lines orthogonal to the X, Y, and Z axes to form a tesseract.

3. **Drawing 13: Tesseract Rotation (Part 1)**
- Begin illustrating a rotation of the tesseract around the W-axis.
- Show the initial position of the tesseract and the axis around which it will rotate.

4. **Drawing 14: Tesseract Rotation (Part 2)**
- Continue the rotation of the tesseract around the W-axis.
- Show the tesseract in an intermediate position during the rotation, highlighting how its structure changes as it rotates in 4D space.

5. **Drawing 15: Tesseract Rotation (Part 3)**
- Complete the rotation of the tesseract around the W-axis.
- Show the final position of the tesseract, comparing it with the initial and intermediate positions to emphasize the complexity and uniqueness of 4D rotations.

These drawings serve as a bridge from 3D to 4D, providing a visual introduction to a new spatial dimension and a new geometric shape. The focus on the rotation of the tesseract around the W-axis in drawings 13-15 helps to underline the concept of 4D rotation, which will be crucial for understanding the more complex concepts of 4D Visual Reorientation Illusions (VRIs) in the upcoming drawings.

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### Re: Could Visual Reorientation Illusions be 4d Related?

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Drawings 16-20 delve into the concept of a 3D Necker cube within a 4D realm, illustrating the potential perceptual experiences of a 4D being. Here’s a detailed breakdown:

1. **Drawing 16: 3D Necker Cube in 4D Space**
- Create a 3D version of the Necker cube and place it within the 4D coordinate system introduced earlier.
- This cube should be presented in a way that is neutral, where the orientation is ambiguous when viewed from a 4D perspective.

2. **Drawing 17: First Perceived Orientation in 4D**
- Illustrate the first perceived orientation of the 3D Necker cube from a 4D perspective.
- Emphasize the orientation by perhaps shading or color-coding the faces of the cube to denote depth or rotation within 4D space.

3. **Drawing 18: Second Perceived Orientation in 4D**
- Now, illustrate the second perceived orientation of the 3D Necker cube from a 4D perspective, where the faces switch orientations akin to the 2D Necker cube’s perceptual shift but in 4D.
- Again, use shading or color to emphasize the altered perception.

4. **Drawing 19: 4D Being Observing the 3D Necker Cube**
- Introduce a 4D being observing the 3D Necker cube, illustrating how the cube can flip between the two orientations from the being’s perspective in 4D space.
- Indicate the perceptual shift with arrows or by showing two images side by side – one for each perceived orientation.

5. **Drawing 20: Emphasizing the Perceptual Shift in 4D**
- Expand on the previous drawing by showing multiple 4D beings or by showing the same 4D being experiencing the perceptual shift multiple times.
- This drawing should emphasize the illusion and how the observer's perception switches between the two possible orientations of the 3D Necker cube within 4D space.

These drawings aim to transition the concept of the Necker cube into the fourth dimension, illustrating how a simple perceptual phenomenon in 3D can be extended to a 4D realm. This sets the stage for exploring more complex visual reorientation illusions (VRIs) and their possible implications in understanding higher spatial dimensions.

Drawings 21-25 venture into Visual Reorientation Illusions (VRIs) in 4D, utilizing the 3D slice of a tesseract to illustrate these phenomena. Here's a detailed breakdown:

1. **Drawing 21: Base Orientation of a 3D Slice in 4D**
- Present a 3D slice of a tesseract within the 4D coordinate system, illustrating the base orientation.
- Label the axes (X, Y, Z, W) clearly and perhaps use shading to emphasize depth.

2. **Drawing 22: First 90° VRI Around the Z-axis**
- Rotate the 3D slice of the tesseract 90° around the Z-axis to create a VRI.
- Show the initial and final positions, and use arrows to indicate the direction of rotation.

3. **Drawing 23: Second 90° VRI Around the X-axis**
- Now, rotate the 3D slice of the tesseract 90° around the X-axis to create a different VRI.
- Again, show the initial and final positions, using arrows to indicate the direction of rotation.

4. **Drawing 24: 180° VRI Around the Y-axis**
- Rotate the 3D slice of the tesseract 180° around the Y-axis to create another VRI.
- Show the initial and final positions, using arrows to indicate the direction of rotation.

5. **Drawing 25: Composite of All VRIs**
- Create a composite drawing showing all the VRIs experienced by the 3D slice of the tesseract, maybe in a split-view format.
- Label each rotation clearly and maybe use different colors to differentiate between the different VRIs.

These drawings aim to visually explore the concept of VRIs within a 4-dimensional space. By using a 3D slice of a tesseract and rotating it around different axes, these illustrations provide a visual depiction of how a 4D being might experience VRIs. This sets the groundwork for delving deeper into the perceptual shifts and the potential implications of VRIs in understanding higher spatial dimensions in the subsequent drawings.

Drawings 26-30 delve into the concept of seeing actual North from different orthogonal directions through cognitive VRIs, portraying this both in 3D and 4D spaces. Here’s a detailed breakdown:

1. **Drawing 26: Establishing North in 3D**
- Illustrate a 3D space with a clear indication of the North direction, possibly using a compass or an arrow.
- Label the axes (X, Y, Z) clearly and show a standard orientation of viewing North.

2. **Drawing 27: 90° VRI in 3D - Seeing North**
- Rotate the 3D space 90° around the Z-axis to create a VRI, altering the perception of North.
- Show the initial and final positions, and use arrows to indicate the direction of rotation, emphasizing the new perceived North direction.

3. **Drawing 28: Establishing North in 4D**
- Transition to a 4D space, showing a 3D slice of a tesseract with a clear indication of the North direction.
- Label the axes (X, Y, Z, W) clearly and show a standard orientation of viewing North in 4D.

4. **Drawing 29: 90° VRI in 4D - Seeing North**
- Rotate the 3D slice of the tesseract 90° around the W-axis to create a VRI, altering the perception of North in 4D.
- Show the initial and final positions, and use arrows to indicate the direction of rotation, emphasizing the new perceived North direction.

5. **Drawing 30: Composite of Seeing North**
- Create a composite drawing showing the concept of seeing North from different orthogonal directions in both 3D and 4D, perhaps in a split-view format.
- This drawing should summarize the perceptual shifts in seeing North through VRIs in both 3D and 4D spaces.

These drawings aim to visually explore the concept of seeing actual North from different orthogonal directions through VRIs. By transitioning from 3D to 4D and illustrating the perceptual shifts in both spaces, these drawings provide a visual depiction of how VRIs can alter spatial perception and potentially hint at the existence of higher spatial dimensions.

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### Re: Could Visual Reorientation Illusions be 4d Related?

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Drawings 31-35 delve into the speculative idea of being 4D in 4D space, and how VRIs could be a manifestation of higher spatial dimensions. Here’s a detailed breakdown:

1. **Drawing 31: Introducing the Concept of Being 4D**
- Illustrate a human figure alongside a 4D being to introduce the concept of existing in 4D space.
- Depict the 4D being with a visual representation of the fourth dimension, maybe by showing a tesseract or a 4D coordinate system.

2. **Drawing 32: Perceiving 4D Space**
- Show the 4D being perceiving its surroundings in 4D space, emphasizing the additional dimension of perception.
- Possibly use color or shading to highlight the difference between 3D and 4D perception.

3. **Drawing 33: Experiencing VRIs in 4D**
- Illustrate the 4D being experiencing a VRI while observing a 3D slice of its surroundings.
- Emphasize the perceptual shift that occurs, maybe by showing the 4D being’s perception flipping between different orientations.

4. **Drawing 34: Perceptual Flexibility in 4D**
- Illustrate the 4D being’s ability to perceive its 3D slice surroundings from different orientations in 4D space.
- Show various orientations the 4D being can perceive, emphasizing the flexibility and complexity of 4D perception.

5. **Drawing 35: Composite of 4D Perception and VRIs**
- Create a composite drawing summarizing the 4D being’s perceptual experiences.
- Include elements from the previous drawings, such as the 4D being, the VRIs, and the various perceptual orientations, to encapsulate the concept of being 4D in 4D space.

These drawings aim to visually explore and speculate on the idea of existing and perceiving in 4D space. By illustrating a 4D being’s perceptual experiences and the potential occurrence of VRIs in 4D, these drawings delve into the intriguing notion of higher spatial dimensions and their implications on perception.

Drawings 36-40 are conceptual illustrations aimed at visualizing how the existence of higher spatial dimensions might provide a framework for unifying fundamental forces in physics. Here’s a detailed breakdown:

1. **Drawing 36: Fundamental Forces in 3D**
- Depict the four fundamental forces of nature—gravity, electromagnetism, the weak nuclear force, and the strong nuclear force—in a 3D space.
- Use distinct symbols or visual representations for each force, and perhaps color-code them for clarity.

2. **Drawing 37: Transition to 4D**
- Transition the depiction of fundamental forces from 3D to 4D.
- Show a 4D coordinate system and place the symbols of the fundamental forces within this higher-dimensional space.

3. **Drawing 38: Unifying Forces in 4D - Step 1**
- Begin to illustrate a conceptual framework where the fundamental forces start to unify or interact in a simplified manner within the 4D space.
- Use lines or arrows to indicate interactions or unifications among the forces.

4. **Drawing 39: Unifying Forces in 4D - Step 2**
- Continue the illustration by showing a further unification or interaction among the fundamental forces in 4D.
- This could be a more advanced stage of unification, possibly hinting at a single unified force.

5. **Drawing 40: Composite Illustration of Unification**
- Create a composite drawing summarizing the transition from 3D to 4D and the unification of fundamental forces in 4D.
- Include key elements from the previous drawings, such as the 4D coordinate system, the fundamental forces, and their unification, to encapsulate the concept.

These drawings aim to visually speculate on how higher spatial dimensions could potentially allow for the unification of fundamental forces, an idea rooted in theoretical physics. By illustrating a simplified version of this complex concept, the drawings provide a visual narrative that explores the potential implications of higher spatial dimensions on our understanding of fundamental physics.

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### Re: Could Visual Reorientation Illusions be 4d Related?

Here’s a GIF showing a necker cube 90 degree VRI of a perceived 3D surrounding slice of a movie theatre for a 4D being in 4D space with a 2D image.
I’ve been working with ChatGPT4 and DALLE3 to better illustrate this idea and a more detailed progress with this can be seen on my VRI X page.

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Hugh wrote:Well, our world might not be as drab as we think it looks. It might actually be quite different than we think we perceive it. We can't understand the physics of it completely as only being 3d, but if it has higher dimensions then it all makes sense.
Hugh wrote:Rather than the VRI being an indication that something that is "wrong", I think it is an indication that something is possible. Being able to "see our world from a different angle" certainly sounds like higher dimensions of it and ourselves are involved.

I would be keen to know what you see if you were actually able to see into 4D. I mean what would the presence of our 3D objects in 4D space actually look like if we as an individual could somehow rotate into 4D.

Well again we can consider what a 2D world would look like in our 3D world if a 2D person could turn into our 3D space. If its truly a 2D world then it would be so thin that once they turn into another 2D world space their original world would just disappear. They would not be in that space anymore and would also not see their original world anymore. The only thing they would have left over from their home orientation would be a single line. I guess being 2D they might see strangely morphing things moving through that single line when things do. But perhaps they wouldn't too because that line would be infinitely thin. We know in our world that the thinner something gets the more transparent it gets. So it is likely that they won't even see the rotational line left over from their world when rotating into a new 2D orientation in our 3D world.

The other interesting thing is will two 2D orientations that cross by a single line even interact with each other. Of course they have to. But that interaction would be of an infinitely small amount. Will that infitesimal amount even have any bearing on anything what-so-ever? Or would the interaction be so physically vague as to essentially make, near enough to, zero difference?

Also, what if only the starting 2D orientation has any form and when you turn into another 2D orientation in our 3D space you are essentially in void without even a ground to stand on anymore. Or would the 2D world somehow be part of a fuller 3D world where their 2D planet they are standing on is actually just part of a fuller 3D planet. There are the inherent problems of course about the difference in gravitational dissipation between different numbers of dimensions. Should the 2D person then experience 3D gravity in that case? Should we in 3D land feel 4D gravity if our 3D world is only one slice in a fuller 4D world? Maybe we could invent a new particle to prevent this. Perhaps we could call this new particle a 'barrieron'?

Anyhoo, I would love to see some pictures from someone's 4D journey. That is unless the photos are blank of course! That wouldn’t be exciting.

You've discussed this idea many times Hugh of flipping between 4 orientations. So this is where it gets interesting because if you come out of a building then I assume the same building that was across the road is still there? It is possible to assert that that building in front of you is flipped from left to right, as would be the building that you are leaving. However, the only two other possible orientations are for the building across from you to appear upside-down but the left and right are as original, or upside-down and the left and right are also swapped. The building you emerge from would also appear to be upside down. I'm not sure if this is what you are meaning by four orientations but it is an open question that has sadly just sat at the back of my mind and I’ve never thought to actually ask?

The only other alternatives would be for the sun to feel like its rising on your left, or on your right, and then rather strangely, be rising in front of you, or from behind you, while presumably the buildings remain the same orientation to you. However, your mind now says left is East, or it is West, or it is North or it is South depending on where the sun is newly rising from, and this despite lack of movement from the actual buildings surrounding you.

So could you help me with this? Just where do you get the two extra orientations to flip to? Surely things appearing up-side-down is not one of your changing facets to reach those four cardinal varieties?

Also, I have to say that flipping to the four 3D orientations is not a painless process. To me it is akin to time travel and/or disappearing from one spot to appear in another spot. Flipping requires you to do a full 4D rotation instantly. I can quickly turn to my left with a quick jump but I certainly can't do it instantly.

What I'm saying is that the two (or four orientations) are not next to each other. Just as 1987 is not next to 2035, and Washington is not next to Paris, flipping requires some movement between. I would argue that time travel can't happen. I would argue that disappearing from one place and appearing in another can't happen. I would argue that no amount of inventiveness on anyone's part is ever going to allow us to do those. Nor, I would argue, are multiverses a sideways step away. And I would similarly argue that no device, or natural process, will actually allow us to flip from being forward to suddenly being the reverse of ourself without some actual process of movement in between; presumably through an, exciting but sadly fanciful, 4D space.

But, I would be interested if you believe those other things as well? Can some people travel through time with only their brain? Can some people go holidaying in Hawaii simply by thinking about it or by quantum fluctuation? Will we be able to travel to another multiverse one day?

And finally, is an instantaneous reversing flip even possible? Or, do you, like some people, believe that these things are somehow right next door to each other with only the need to invent the technology or the development of some psychic power permitting us to defy the normal course of movement through these things?

Even if you are living in a 4D world (and my best wishes to you if you are) don't you still need to follow the rules of that higher dimension when it comes to any movement that you make?
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### Re: Could Visual Reorientation Illusions be 4d Related?

Hi gonegahgah, thanks for the interest!

The VRI flip is a cognitive one, like what happens with a Necker Cube. When you look at a 2D image of a Necker Cube you can cognitively flip it to 2 differently perceived orientations in 3D space. The flip is instantaneous, there is no in-between. It’s an example of a 2D VRI.

I’m thinking that what happens with a 3D VRI is that one can cognitively flip one’s perceived 3D surrounding slice to differently perceived orientations in 4D space. The flip is instantaneous with no in-between. There isn’t any movement with a 2D or 3D VRI, it’s just a change in orientation.

Hugh:
Explain how a 4D being in 4D space experiencing a necker cube like VRI of its 3D slice viewpoint would get it’s perceived orientation turned around like this but it wouldn’t actually move in 4D space, just see it from a perpendicular direction.

ChatGPT4:
Visual Reorientation Illusions (VRIs) like the Necker cube rely on the principle of ambiguous perception. In the case of the Necker cube, the illusion arises because the 2D image can be interpreted as representing one of two 3D orientations. Your brain flips between these two interpretations, giving the illusion that the cube is "flipping."

Extending this concept to a 4D being experiencing a VRI of its 3D slice viewpoint is intriguing. Let's break it down:

1. **3D Slice of 4D Object**: Just as we perceive a 2D projection of a 3D object, a 4D being would perceive a 3D "slice" or "projection" of a 4D object. Imagine this 3D slice as a specific perspective of the 4D object from a fixed vantage point in 4D space.

2. **Ambiguous Perception**: Similar to how our 2D projection of the Necker cube can be interpreted in two different 3D orientations, the 3D slice of a 4D object could also have multiple valid 4D orientations. The 4D being's brain might alternate between these interpretations.

3. **Orientation Change without Movement**: When the 4D being perceives the 3D slice "flipping" due to the VRI, it's not that the 4D object has actually moved or rotated in 4D space. Instead, the being's perception has switched to a different, valid interpretation of the object's orientation in the fourth dimension.

4. **Perception from a Perpendicular Direction**: Just as the Necker cube's flip makes it seem like we're viewing the cube from a different vantage point (from above vs. from below), the 4D being's perception could switch to a viewpoint that is "perpendicular" in the fourth dimension. In essence, the being's perception has rotated around the 4D axis, much like the ZW rotation demonstrated in the images you provided earlier.

To truly grasp this, it's essential to understand that the "flip" in perception is purely cognitive. The 4D object remains static in 4D space. It's the 4D being's interpretation of the object's orientation that changes, much like how our interpretation of the Necker cube's orientation changes without the 2D image itself altering.

Here is a link to some images and ideas on my Twitter page:
https://x.com/vris_hugh/status/17186910 ... y7rZcCgDsw

I’d love to discuss the ideas further with you.

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### Re: Could Visual Reorientation Illusions be 4d Related?

Just to restate, what I’m thinking about here is a 4th spatial dimension.

https://x.com/vris_hugh/status/1719098378523443693

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gonegahgah wrote:Well again we can consider what a 2D world would look like in our 3D world if a 2D person could turn into our 3D space. If it’s truly a 2D world then it would be so thin that once they turn into another 2D world space their original world would just disappear. They would not be in that space anymore and would also not see their original world anymore. The only thing they would have left over from their home orientation would be a single line. I guess being 2D they might see strangely morphing things moving through that single line when things do. But perhaps they wouldn't too because that line would be infinitely thin. We know in our world that the thinner something gets the more transparent it gets. So it is likely that they won't even see the rotational line left over from their world when rotating into a new 2D orientation in our 3D world.

My own feeling on this is that a 2D being exists in a plane, and that it can only perceive the plane “edge on” and that would be along an infinitely thin 1D line, which can’t be seen at all. So in 3D, a 2D being still couldn’t see anything at all because it is looking at only a 1D line of it, which can’t be seen.

gonegahgah wrote:The other interesting thing is will two 2D orientations that cross by a single line even interact with each other. Of course they have to. But that interaction would be of an infinitely small amount. Will that infitesimal amount even have any bearing on anything what-so-ever? Or would the interaction be so physically vague as to essentially make, near enough to, zero difference?

Also, what if only the starting 2D orientation has any form and when you turn into another 2D orientation in our 3D space you are essentially in void without even a ground to stand on anymore. Or would the 2D world somehow be part of a fuller 3D world where their 2D planet they are standing on is actually just part of a fuller 3D planet. There are the inherent problems of course about the difference in gravitational dissipation between different numbers of dimensions. Should the 2D person then experience 3D gravity in that case? Should we in 3D land feel 4D gravity if our 3D world is only one slice in a fuller 4D world?

I’m wondering if after what I’m saying is understood (that I’m thinking we’re 4 spatial dimensional and that VRIs don’t actually move us in 4D space, just change our perceived orientation with a necker cube type flip and time is the 5th dimension), that what you are saying here might have profound implications for how we could understand the fundamental forces and why gravity is so weak in comparison to the other ones. Perhaps we haven’t taken into account our 3D slice limited viewpoint of our surrounding 4D space?

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### Re: Could Visual Reorientation Illusions be 4d Related?

Gonegahgah, you and Wendy made some fascinating posts in the Dimensional Baby Steps thread.

They could be applied to what I’m thinking here is happening with VRIs.

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### Re: Could Visual Reorientation Illusions be 4d Related?

This also line up with what Philip (who is ICN5D here on the forum) said:

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### Re: Could Visual Reorientation Illusions be 4d Related?

Ah, I get it Hugh. But, I do think that you may also be a little bit stuck in 3D thinking.
I do agree with this instant flipping of perception when it comes to 2D depictions of 3D objects.
Yes our brain will see an object as having one orientation and can then re-perceive it as having a different second orientation.
But, I don't agree that this steps up to only four possible re-perceived orientations when we move to a 4D creature observing a 3D object.

The thing we should always reiterate with ChapGPT is that it isn't coming to new conclusions.
It is simply sifting through all of available conclusions on the internet and formulating conclusions in line with those.
ChapGPT will not think outside the box of its own accord.

What more likely will occur for a 4D being is that their perception will shift between a full 360° of possibilities, which is equally saying: an infinite number of orientations...
It is our limited 3D thinking that would have us step this only up to 4 possible orientations based on our preconceived notions of ana-kata-left-right; which just don't exist in 4D.

When we look forward we can see only two sidewards possibilities: left or right.
When a 4D creature looks forward they can see an infinity of sideways possibilites covering the whole 360° of their sidewards.
This is why I was asking you about up-down orientation which do exist as real orientations for us, and also for people in 4D additional to their continuous 360° of sideways.
We do perceive up-down as different to left-right so that would make four possible perceived orientations.
But, that is only if our brain could flip up and down, however, our brain does not really disassociate the vertical dimension...

Except of course, as you mention, if we are in space. This disorientation can also occur under water, and in a snow white environment.
But, we still have a left eye and a right eye so our brain is still fighting to associate one direction as up and the opposite direction as down.

So a better analogy is again our one eye worm in space. Basically he has no bodily appendages to suggest that any direction is left, right, up or down.
So our one eye worm is more familiar with the sideways orientation that the 4D being experiences.
There is no left, or right, or up, or down to them. There is just a continuous 360° of sideways to all sides of them.

Now generally we tend to presume a square building. Say this has a door on one edge.
We would presume the door is the bottom and then could say left and right, which fits our 3D preconception.

But what about if it has a door on all four edges?
There are now four distinct orientations, which fits with the 3D preconception of 4D that you are sharing.

But what if the building actually has a pentagon front with a door on each edge?
Then we now have five perceived orientations.
This no longer fits our 3D preconception of their being a 3D left or a right or four orientations for 4D.
What about if it is a circle with many many doors along the edge?
We now have many, many orientations to perceive which is now off the scale going from 3D to 4D.

So there really are an infinity of sideways orientations for a 4D person to perceive and not just four.
An interesting thing that arises out of this though is that this can be orientationally flipped.
Our worm in space seeing a circle with doors around the edge could see the doors going one way and/or perceive them going the other way. In 3D we could still think of this as clockwise orientation or anti-clockwise orientation.
The same can actually occur for the 4D person where they can view the same sideways orientation circling one way or the opposite way.
This means that the 4D person can actually have 2 x infinity of fully sideways orientations. Which is quite cool.
The poor worm can only have an infinity of orientations because they can not physically flip the front from one set of infinite orientations to the opposite set. Unless they have VRI of course.
The worm otherwise is always stuck with a clockwise face or anti-clockwise face; and not both like our 4D friend.

So my question to you Hugh is, “Can you see an infinity of orientations”? And additionally two sets of those? If you can’t then I’m not inclined to believe that you are a 4D person?

Can you see this infinite (x2)? Or are you stuck with only two? Or some perplexing amount of four which I can’t really reconcile to any dimensional world, whether 3D or 4D?

As I say, don’t forget that ChatGPT is caught up with our 3D thinking just as much as we are. So although it’s nice to hear what it says, always be careful with its results.

I know for myself that I have a theory I call STEM theory and that amazingly ChatGPT does a pretty good job of explaining it when asked “What is STEM theory?”. But, I don’t believe anyone else in the world has coined that theory. So it would appear that ChatGPT has trawled the information from my explanations, and my explanations alone, on the internet. So you may find that in some respects that ChatGPT may actually be citing yourself and other people like yourself who have written about VRI… Crazy isn’t it!?
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### Re: Could Visual Reorientation Illusions be 4d Related?

Thanks, Gonegahgah, a lot if interesting points in there!

Our minds tend to think along straight lines, and dimensions are perpendicular, so there’s a natural extension up from perceiving different orientations of a 2D necker cube in 3D space. Is it possible to perceive an orientation “in between” the two that we see of a necker cube? I don’t think I can do that. It’s only one or the other. It might be the same for a 4D being perceiving different possible orientations of its 3D slice of 4D space with a necker cube type of flip. The flips may occur along the dimension perpendicular axes, and the symmetry in 4D space may make this even more likely.

Do we agree that a 2D being could see nothing around itself because it is looking along its plane “edge on” which is an infinitely thin 1D line which cannot be seen at all? If so, could a 4D being have a similarly limited 3D slice viewpoint and not see in full 4D? Would that 3D slice viewpoint be 3D, or would it be flat? I’m thinking that it’s 3D, and that it would consist of 3 perpendicular axes, X, Y, Z. That’s what our brain perceives around us, a 3D world consisting of 3 perpendicular axes. But if we were 4D, there would be an “edge on” aspect to our point of view, just like there is for a 2D being wouldn’t there be?

I was looking for a way for ICN5D’s geometrical explanation of how a 4D being could see the same 3D slice viewpoint in 4 different orientations in 4D without moving in 4D space to be shown and was amazed how ChatGPT4 was able to come up with the permutations of axes of planar rotations while keeping the up/down Z axis the same in each one. What do you think of this diagram? Does this make sense geometrically?

It certainly lines up with what is perceived of the rotations of our 3D slice, where North can be seen in four different orthogonal directions with cognitive VRIs:

Is there any difference between the axis diagram and the 3D perception?

Our Ana/Kata Left/Right directions would allow the planar sideways necker cube flip in 4D from what I can see.

As you’ve said there would be multiple other orientations possible up in space and it’s true, astronauts can also do cognitive VRI planar necker cube rotations around another axis in zero gravity so they can see 6 X 4 = 24 unique VRI orientations in space.

Here is a discussion about VRIs in space:

And another:

VRIs are a fascinating phenomenon that enable us to see the space around us in different orientations. I’ve been talking with people who have learned to control VRIs in the Facebook VRI group and it’s a lot of fun for me to do them just by thinking it. I enjoy doing them the most where it is the easiest, in a movie theatre, where I do what I call a 4TT, (4 Turn Trek) where I go around the circle and flip to different orientations of the theatre I am in all the way around to all 4. Have you ever tried to consciously do a VRI?

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### Re: Could Visual Reorientation Illusions be 4d Related?

Hugh wrote:Do we agree that a 2D being could see nothing around itself because it is looking along its plane “edge on” which is an infinitely thin 1D line which cannot be seen at all? If so, could a 4D being have a similarly limited 3D slice viewpoint and not see in full 4D? Would that 3D slice viewpoint be 3D, or would it be flat? I’m thinking that it’s 3D, and that it would consist of 3 perpendicular axes, X, Y, Z. That’s what our brain perceives around us, a 3D world consisting of 3 perpendicular axes. But if we were 4D, there would be an “edge on” aspect to our point of view, just like there is for a 2D being wouldn’t there be?

Sorry Hugh, I thought you were talking about my example where the 2D person rotates into another 2D space and this leaves only a single connecting line - at the point of rotation - with their original 2D space.
Afterall, our 3D world is considered be absolutely flat to a 4D person as well.
So, a 4D person could be like you and say: the 3D person "is looking along its 3-plane "edge on" which is an infinitely thin 2D edge which they can not see at all?".
You are honestly (I swear) thinking like a 3D being when you say something like that for the 2D person.

This is why I argue that we should talk like the other dimensional creature and not think in terms of things being relative to our 3 dimensions.
If I can think of a term for this it is that you are being very dimensionist! I'm sure multidimensional citizens will outlaw that behaviour one day.

A 2D person can see in their 2D plane.
They can look at the surface of their things, from front on, looking forward into that 2D space.
They can consider that that their things have volume. Fill a 2D cup and it still holds a 2D-volume of water.

And despite what the a 4-dimensionist might think we can see in our 3D world again by looking forward.
We can look at the surface of our things, from front on, looking forward into our 3D space.
We can consider that our things have volume. Fill a 3D cup and it holds a 3D-volume of water.

And the 4D person can see in their 4D world again by looking forward.
They can look at the surface of their things, from front on, looking forward into their 4D space.
They can consider that their things have volume. Fill a 4D cup and it holds a 4D-volume of water.

This is what I mean by us bringing our 3D bias to things.
It is a mistake for us to think that 2D people are too stupid to see things in their 2D world just because they are different, and flat to us.
It would obviously be an error for a 4D person to think that we are too stupid to see thing in our 3D world just because we are flat to them.

So without this acceptance of the capability of people from different dimensions you will never truly get to know them or to fundamentally understand them.
Without that the rest is really moot. Except your VRI condition is certainly interesting in itself... But, it is not 4D.
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### Re: Could Visual Reorientation Illusions be 4d Related?

I don’t think of a 2D being as stupid, it just has a limited viewpoint because it is looking edge on its 2D plane at a 1D line.

Even with our most powerful microscope if we zoomed in on that 1D line even we couldn’t see it, however many dimensions that we are.

I don’t think that a being of less dimensions could see more than us.

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### Re: Could Visual Reorientation Illusions be 4d Related?

That's what I mean, Hugh.
We are now at the heart of the matter which can't be surmounted.
You will not find another person on here that thinks a 2D person can't see their world simply because we in 3D land think it is flat.
It's a very 3D centric view, and this carries over to your view of 4D as well.
I would tend to label your 4D as actually being 3.0...D.
Effectively almost equivalent to 3D but only with 3 more orientations rather than the infinite orientations that would actually need to exist to actually take it up to 4.
So you will always tend to find that as an obstacle to your discussions here sadly.
But, do describe your VRI. That is interesting.
But, you are just unlikely to convince anyone here that it is actually 4D.

I don’t think that a being of less dimensions could see more than us.
I wasn't saying that.
I'll even add that they can't even see as much as us by a long way.
But you are saying that they can't see anything. No-one here will agree with that.
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### Re: Could Visual Reorientation Illusions be 4d Related?

Thanks for all your thoughts, Gonegahgah. I was just reading through some of our early discussions on many old threads. Your desire to show the different dimension viewpoints in the “Dimensional Baby Steps” thread lead to some fascinating discussions about Point Of View (POV) between Quickfur and 4Dspace. I remember your images in there were awesome to look at but many of the links to them have since been lost, just like many here in this thread to image hosting sites that have limits on how long they are hosted for.

It seems we have an insurmountable difference in view on what a 2D being can see of a 1D line. That’s okay. Perhaps we can continue our discussion of what a 4D (spatial) being can see at some point in the future.

I’m continuing my work with artificial intelligence to further look into a VRI/4D connection and I’m hoping that the fast pace of AI ability will lead to some interesting ideas. I agree that we must be cautious with AI but there may be some geometrical proofs that it can help display that will make everything clearer. The area of Virtual Reality and other ways of computer simulation will hopefully lead to some new avenues to look into.

Thanks again!

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### Re: Could Visual Reorientation Illusions be 4d Related?

Here’s a thought experiment.

Surround a 4D being with 4D matter arranged in the shape of a 4D hypersphere.

1. Could the 4D being see through the 4D matter?

2. Would the 4D being see a 3D slice of the surface of the 4D hypersphere?

3. Could that 3D slice surface of the 4D hypersphere be ambiguous in any way?

4. Could that ambiguity lead to 3D necker cube like VRI flips in orientation, which would be perceived as planar rotations in there for the 4D being, without it actually be turning in 4D space?

5. Could the 4D being learn to cognitively control those VRI flips?

Here’s what ChatGPT4 said:

1. No, a 4D being would not be able to see through the 4D matter any more than we can see through 3D solid objects.

2. Yes, the 4D being would perceive a 3D slice of the surface of the 4D hypersphere.

3. Yes, the 3D slice could be ambiguous due to the extra dimension of information that's inherently missing when viewing a 4D object from a 3D perspective, much like how 2D projections of 3D objects (e.g., Necker cube) can be ambiguous to us.

4. Yes, given the inherent ambiguity in viewing a 4D object from a 3D perspective, it's conceivable that the 4D being could experience perceptual flips similar to the Necker cube illusion we experience. These flips would manifest as changes in the perceived orientation of the 3D slice they're observing, without any actual rotation in 4D space.

5. It's speculative, but if a 4D being has a cognitive architecture similar to ours, it might be able to learn to control these VRI flips, much like some people can learn to control the flip in perception of the Necker cube or other ambiguous figures. The ability to control such flips would likely depend on the being's neural processing, attention, and prior experiences.

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### Re: Could Visual Reorientation Illusions be 4d Related?

I agree with all those. Though I would be interested what your interpretation of no. 2 is?
The only one I would addendum to is no. 4...
The 4D person can, like our one eyed worm in 3D space, decide to orient on their 360° of sideways in any manner that they like.
With no direction holding primacy you can consider that circle of sideways with any orientation.
I think it is, further, likely to be fairly ambiguous to them. It will depend purely on the objects that they are observing.

Before going to sleep tonight, I did realise that my analogy, for comparing the worm in 3D space against a 4D person, did need a little further development.

So, not to convince you, Hugh, but simply for correctness…
Although the worm, would need whatever regular houselike but plane shape face with doors along each of its edge to get an idea of the analogy, a 4D person does not.
A 4D person can have a single door in front of them.

So lets say the house in front of them on their Earth has a door with a square prism face that is about 1m square by 2m high with a depth of about an inch forward.
This single door for the 4D person will certainly have 4 options; and they could VRI between each of these orientations in their brain - if they think that way...
So there are your 4 orientations.

However, lets say another house in front of them has a door with a pentagon prism face that is about 80cm along each pentagon edge, 2m high, with a depth of about an inch forward.
This single door for the 4D person will have five orientations, and they could VRI between each of these orientations in their brain...
So for this 4D instance there are 5 orientations to flip between.

And lastly, lets say another house has a door with a cylinder face that is about 60cm radius, 2m high, with a depth of about an inch forward.
This last example for the 4D person will have infinite orientations, and they could VRI between all of those orientations in their brain.
So with this door there are an infinity of orientations to flip between in the 4D person’s brain.

But, I hark back to our worm, in 3D space. It at least provides a useable, if not exact, analogy...
We have seen how we get disorientated in space, and or underwater, or in a blizzard.
So for the single eye worm this would also be the case for them because they lack our bi-vision to suggest a left or right.
So it is very likely that this disorientation will actually present to the worm, with their single evolved eye, as being ambiguous.

I hope that helps support the argument that a 4D person will not have ana-kata-left-right?
Instead sideways will tend to be ambiguous for them also.
They will tend to just say aroundside, and not specifically that a direction is kata, or that it is left, or etc.
It is unlikely that they will have four specific cardinal directions because these need to be visually discernible of themselves and they just aren't in 4D.

Left and right are obvious to us as being opposites but in 4D this would be completely ambiguous.
It is only our natural born 3D experience and thinking that made us apply the new terms 'ana' and 'kata' in which to add to our existing left and right, when we were imagining 4D.
But it is different for them, in their higher dimension, in this, as in many of their things.
I truly believe that this would be the case. (Even though it is all imaginary of course!)
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### Re: Could Visual Reorientation Illusions be 4d Related?

Pictures are nice so here's one helping us to understand a hexagon prism door in 4D a little better...
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