Part 3 : An Interview with Rob Bryanton of Imagining the 10th Dimension – ghosts and science fiction

1 May

Rob BryantonLet me quote the following paragraph from page 122:

“Regardless of the position that mainstream science takes on the topic, a huge percentage of the general population have had personal experiences which show them that the idea of reading minds, “catching vibes”, supernatural connections to dead loved ones, or even just the positive effects of talking to their houseplants has a direct connection to their feeling of how the world really works.”

What this says, in effect, is this:

  • 1 Personal experiences have a direct connection to how we feel the world works
  • 2 Personal experiences can include supernatural or paranormal experiences

Therefore, the implication is that supernatural or paranormal experiences have a direction connection to how the world really works.

I notice you actually say how we feel the world works. But the way you’ve written this entire statement will leave most readers to the idea that there’s a legitimate connection between how the world works and the supernatural. It seems you’re bending over backwards to make the supernatural appear legitimate. What were you trying to say?

I certainly didn’t intend to bend over backwards here – I was trying to say in no uncertain terms that personal experience tells many of us that these things exist, and my way of imagining time and space allows us a framework that shows how these things could be happening. On the other hand, I always have to take a step back and make sure that readers remember that what we’re talking about here is not the accepted viewpoint of mainstream science, and I would hate for some high school student somewhere to get an F because he wrote a paper saying that string theory proves the existence of ghosts!

In “The Paradoxes of Time Travel” chapter it becomes clear that you have a love for science fiction and that this genre has stimulated your thinking in regards to the ideas presented in this book. I find it interesting that a science fiction author is generally praised for his or her original presentation of scientific ideas that are not proven or even intended to be completely factual, when these ideas are brilliantly woven into a gripping story. The bulk of the criticism against your book is that it simply is not science. This is not something you’ve tried to evade as you freely admit that your ideas are not mainstream science and that you have no formal background in physics. Considering all this together, have you ever thought about putting your ideas out there in the guise of a science fiction novel? And on this note, what does the future hold for you? Are you planning on publishing any more books?

I also say in the book that I think there is enough self-consistency in the framework I’ve proposed that this would be a handy manual for anyone attempting to write a new story or screenplay incorporating dimensional travel, the multiverse, and time travel. There are a great many scenarios proposed in the book that could be developed into stories, no question. I’m not a novelist, though, so this book and website seemed to be the best conduit for getting my crazy ideas out into the world.

Yes, I am half way through writing my second book now, which takes a specific set of ideas from the first book and expands them. The second book is much less about science, more about imagination and creativity within the tenth dimensional approach to how reality is constructed.

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