Hi John! Thank-you for your thoughtful and thought-provoking comment on my story. Very interesting insights on how we don’t see temperature and pressure in dimensional terms due to their not being foundational to our sequence of thought. I find this interesting both in terms of physics and in how we think.

In physical terms, I tend to see temperature and pressure as being ways that we measure the interaction of matter and/or energy (which in Special Relativity are viewed as flip sides of the same coin)with the dimension of space. Temperature is the measurement of kinetic energy within a system. Pressure, as it is treated in the Ideal Gas Law you mentioned, is a measure of the relation between matter (amount of substance)and temperature as an expression of energy within the confines of spatial dimension (volume). So they could be seen as emergent of space-time and matter-energy interactions rather than as dimensions in and of themselves. The tricky thing in physics is that we don’t really have a unified theory that connects matter (as expressed in quantum physics) with space-time (as represented in the Standard Model). The well known equation e=mc2 (energy equals mass times the speed of light squared)shows some of how energy and matter relate to space and time in that the speed of light is itself a representation of the relation between space and time.

In terms of how we think, I really like what you said about this because the concepts we create (such as physics) cannot be separated by the way we categorize things, what our minds deem important, and how we view ideas in relation to ourselves. So it is really powerful to consider that how we view concepts such as dimension is related to what we deem important in terms of human experience.

I also like how you said, “Time is frequency, events are amplitude”. It is so interesting how we conceive time differently depending upon the frequency and intensity of events we experience during a given time. For example, when we experience a very significant event (amplitude) time seems to stand still. When few non-routine events happen, we tend to view time as moving slowly.

I definitely ascribe to not taking anyone too seriously, including physicists. I guess I’ve read too much Robert Anton Wilson for that. It’s important to not become dogmatic about any idea (including those of science) and be open to how new information and experiences can change what we consider to be a “known thing”. That being said, physicists may not all be as reductionist as you think. While they study the material world, many believe in the emergence of properties that cannot be described in material terms. I think some of the views of Sean Carrol (a cosmologist who also writes speaks on big picture ideas including philosophy and consciousness) would be sympathetic to some of the views expressed in your writing.

I’m a business trainer specializing in workplace wellness and environmental sustainability. In my spare time I dabble as a mad scientist and street philosopher.

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