More Thanh Words

"My name is Thanh and I'm a Blogger". Now that I have admitted to that, I can say that I'm a stereotypical "geeky" Engineer who enjoys sci-fi books and movies and into all things technological. I also love music and have a passion for FOOD. I'm a social person and like to talk to people. I hate people who are fake or overly aggressive. If you're also into some serious discussion, with a pinch of sarcasm and a dash of real emotion, then please read on.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

The 10th Dimension

This post is just some random thoughts of mine about things that have captured my interest and linked together by a very thin common thread.

I found this really cool site which has some short flash animations showing that there are 10 dimensions in this world. There's an accompanying book which tells the whole story in more detail. I think I might try to get my hands on that book. The animation is very interesting and provides a thought provoking view. You have to accept some logic and if you can continue to accept that logic, well 10 dimensions is definitely possible.

Basically the outcome is that if there were 10 dimensions, we can achieve any destiny we want. The theory is that all the universes out there would compress into one single point. And you are able to travel to all parts of this point both temporally and spatially. And since there are infinite possiblities, there will definitely be one combination where you are a rich person who has everything.

This site tied in a bit to a book I just finished reading. The book is called The Alchemist. The book also says that if you pursue your destiny, the whole world will conspire to help you. The Soul of the World is linked in to your heart when you are pursuing your destiny and will do everything it can to help you.

Back to the logic part of the 10th dimension. Here's another set of logic for you to think about. My manager Ron told me about this one. In a similar vein to the 10 dimensions, if you accept the logic, then this thing will be true. It goes as such:

"If there are an infinite number of monkeys and an infinite number of typewriters so each monkey has one typewriter, eventually, one monkey will end up typing the whole works of Shakespeare."

So before you go and say I'm crazy, I agreed to this logic, in the sense that mathematically it is possible. Since infinity is so large, well infinite in fact, eventually a monkey MUST end up typing the whole works of Shakespeare. The maths say that this will happen. By pure chance, eventually all the factors will fall into place and a monkey will type the whole works. Obviously human thought is always limited and we rarely think outside the square and accept such apparent nonsense. The normal logic in our brains tell us that the monkeys aren't that smart and it will never happen. However, it must happen since there are INFINITE monkeys and typewriters. Measuring this outcome is impossible so the logic in us will always argue that since we can't measure it, then its not possible. However, over time, we've come to accept a lot of things that we cannot categorically measure. For example, a lot of physicists use quantum mechanics without being able to "measure" it. So why can't we accept that eventually one monkey will type the works of Shakespeare.

Finally to finish it all off, here is a simple problem that test your logic and your ability to think outside the square. Once you know the answer, you will say how obvious it is, but otherwise, most people tend to think in the same manner and hence unable to find a solution.

"There are 3 lamps on a table in one room. The room has 4 walls and a door, with no windows so you can't see inside from outside of the room. About 5 metres aways is a similar second room. Inside that room is 3 switches. Each switch turns on 1 of the lamps in the other room. All you have to do is to work out which switch turns on which lamp and be 100% sure about it. You can only go into the LAMP room ONCE but can go into the SWITCH room MANY times. If you are in the switch room, you cannot see into the lamp room."

There is a logical answer and it doesn't involve anything dodgy or tricky. This is not a trick question so don't go thinking of loopholes, such as starting off in the lamp room and not counting that as one look, or turning on one lamp for a year and waiting for the filament to burn out. You will be able to find the answer inside the day.

7 Comments:

Blogger Superb said...

I know the answer to this one! I couldn't get it. I think questions like this a structured/worded such that we're forced think in a particular way, thats why we don't usually get the answer. Maybe if were physically in the lamp room scenario, we would think differently. Also, Thanh, I think your hint at the end of ur post misleads people hehe.

As for the monkeys writing out Shakespearian plays- I disagree, not cos monkeys aren't smart enough, but because the probability of it occurring is infinitely small.

And as for quantum mechanics, I reckon its really interesting, but kinda like Einstein, I still don't like the idea of uncertainty.

7/09/2006 7:27 PM  
Blogger thanh7580 said...

Trev, I agree with you about the wording and how it can mislead you. Many people have commented, and I myself agree, that if you were physically in the room, you would probably find the solution quite quickly. But thats only an assumption, people always say that WOULD be the case after they know the answer. To test this theory out, we would need to just tell people the problem and let them work it out in a physical environment. In life, we are mislead, intentionally or unintentionally, by how others may describe something. And that fact that very few of us can think differently is very evident.

As for the monkeys one, yes the probability is infinitely small, but then there is also infinite monkeys. And if you apply any probability to infinity, eventually it will equal 1 (or get infinitely close to it) so it will always happen.

I don't like uncertainty either. If only everything in life was certain, it would all be so much easier. :-)

7/09/2006 8:22 PM  
Blogger Girl Kae said...

Can i have answers please ;)

7/10/2006 9:39 PM  
Blogger thanh7580 said...

Ok here are the answers to the lamp question. If you don't want to know, DO NOT READ ON.

"You turn on one switch for say 10 minutes so that the lamp that is on has enough time to heat up. Turn off that switch. Turn on a second switch and leave it on. Now go into the lamp room. The lamp that is on is obviously the switch that is still on. The lamp that is off and hot is the first switch that you turned on and then off. The lamp that is off and cold is therefore the switch that you never touched and was off the whole time."

7/10/2006 9:55 PM  
Blogger afrobev said...

Mmmmmm. Food for thought there thanks Thanh. I like the stuff about the World conspiring to help you achieve your destiny. Interesting stuff. Might try and get my hands on that book myself.

7/11/2006 6:11 AM  
Blogger afrobev said...

Ive just ordered that book off the internet. See how the blogging community can expand your mind?

7/11/2006 6:15 AM  
Blogger thanh7580 said...

Its a good read. I thought some of the quotes at the start were very good.

It is very true that the blogging community expands your mind. I have read many an interesting thing on people's blogs and gone and researched it more and now I understand even more things.

7/11/2006 6:32 PM  

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