Religion and science are twins meant to address the pathological need to ask questions. If you ask me it all boils down to a thirst for power, since understanding lets you control. Religion is meant to answer questions introspectively and science is meant to answer them by correlating external data. Ultimately both are primitive relics reflecting the basest drives of mankind, none of which have anything to do with nature or reality. As a matter of fact, perhaps unsurprisingly both have been applied as a means of domination in and of themselves. Religion has degraded into a contrived system of distorted stories, and science, while well-meaning, is not just hopelessly primitive but mentally damaging.
Every scientific theory and every equation and every sort of scholarly correlation is therefore also confined to three dimensions. Everything science tells you is true. Everything mathematics predict is correct. Within three dimensions. All mathematical theories of higher dimensions are completely correct in three dimensions. They do not represent actual dimensionality as it exists across the gradient, but they are three-dimensional theories of higher dimensionality which are entirely correct in three dimensions.
The gradient is reality, or rather, everything. Just like there's no such thing as time, there's also no such thing as absolute objective reality. Objective reality is something that is readily measurable within the given scope of quantization, or, as scientists call it, «frame of reference». «Objective» reality is therefore said to define what is and what isn't, and it says there's only two valid states of existence: existing and not existing. Only in three dimensions and due to quantization is this objectively correct. It does not apply to the everything. Existence is an infinite gradient across dimensionality. All these things are concepts and a relic of quantization. The entire need to reference such a thing as «gradient» and «dimensionality» is a quantization artifact. Existence and reality are two different conceptions or «perspectives» to the same thing (henceforth just ER).
The interesting thing about three-dimensional physics is that things become denser if they're made to occupy less space. The more something is compressed, the denser it becomes, the more solid it becomes in three-dimensional space. Similarly, existence could be said to condense at lower dimensions and become thinner at higher ones. Existence is reality, the everything, the ER, is the gradient of reality. It is separate from the concept of objective reality, as objective reality is not something that exists outside of being an idea, much like a centimeter is not an actual physical entity but rather a conceptual measurement. «Objective reality», «mathematical reality», «scientific reality» (all henceforth just OSR, «objective scientific reality»), they are all conceptual measurements necessitated by quantization.
A mind that consists of matter and elements is necessarily a quantization mind (QM). What consists of elements can only operate with and in elements. What operates by quantization is not capable of perceiving the gradient. What operates by quantization can only perceive the present tense at any one given time, and everything outside is perceived through the filter of quantization, rendering the notion of objective reality true entirely to the observer and its peers, but ultimately a fictional and obsolete, not to say entirely contrived and non-existent, system of measurement.
It's true that things of this world in the OSR here-and-now a.k.a. the quantizational present tense across OSR «spacetime» (henceforth QP to avoid that mouthful) will commonly prefer the stifling and cramped three-dimensional box. It's a natural desire of something that is to continue being. It's not a desire as much as it is an elementary function, or a fundamental property. The whole notion that there's such a thing as «continuing» to be is a quantization artifact. Fundamentally it can be inferred that anything that is an «idea« or a «concept» is ultimately a product of quantization. Guess that's what they mean with words having power? Understanding something generally means controlling it to some degree, and the only way for QM to understand is to label first and measure after, both are aspects of quantization. In fact, labeling could be said to be the most primitive principle of quantization, giving something a name, and therefore a handle, letting it be conceptually held as it is measured. Quantization quantization quantization, there's gonna be a LOT of this word.
Monkey Men are QMs; as entities of QP, will often prefer to be real, rejecting any degree of reality below or above their own, effectively being stuck at an existential singularity. Only at QP in 3D, that same existential singularity, do their axioms and theories make sense and reflect the nature of reality, OSR. Things outside of QP will conventionally be one of two things, a computational product of a QP mind or a heavily quantized perception of different degrees of ER, and invariably impossible to adapt directly to the tenets of OSR. The closest OSR has come to quantizing ER outside QP all hinges on the function of a QM, which is an indirect and limited measurement in and of itself, and generally known to not be reliable. Psychiatric «science» attempts to contribute to OSR, including its occasional limited attempts to address ER outside QP. Pseudosciences have also been dedicated to that end, but do not carry any noteworthy results due to being the work of crackpots and confirmation bias.
Ultimately the function of a QM is chaotic and unpredictable, even if it is subject to local entropy. There are points where conventional OSR theories break down because they have yet to quantize deeply enough to categorize what's going on. There's a lot. Psychiatry. Quantum physics. Weather forecasts. Etc. The theoretical fundament of OSR breaks down where entropy exceeds the quantization resolution. These are fields of OSR that are at present impossible to entirely predict and categorize owing entirely to their complexity, but there will be a day where these fields will progress from being pseudoscience (at worst) or very very theoretical (at best) into valid OSR defintions fully consistent and compatible with the surrounding 3D QP.
According to OSR, within the framework of 3D QP there could be an upper limit to entropy, allowing OSR to catch up with the extent of QP if there is a point at which the scale of elements ends. The only field in which it seems very unlikely is quantum physics where the size of potential constituent particles keeps decreasing as everything appears to have building blocks of its own. It's likely that this continues indefinitely, effectively making entropy infinite, and destroying all conceptual foundations of OSR. If it stops at preons, however, it might grant 3D QP entropy a top limit, theoretically allowing absolute quantization. Going above the known [reportedly exactly] three QP dimensions is one way to break down conventional mechanics.
A black hole is not an analog of depth, but a gravitational metaphor. Understanding the gravitational distortion around a black hole while applying it to the outrageous but very OSR notion of «spacetime» (or worse, the «fabric» of spacetime) is the closest a 3D mind will get to comprehending depth. Depth in itself being a measurement distinct from length, width, and height is also an artifact of quantization. Integer dimensions are a necessity for comprehension through quantization, but it is a decent way of quantizing the gradient of existence.
The minds outside a particulate substrate, or in one that is less particulate, would probably have a different way of thinking. Towards higher dimensions, anything animate would be less real but at the same time have a firmer grasp of ER as a consequence of their own QP being more indistinct and therefore less limiting. Things outside 3D QP cannot be described or defined in anything other than metaphors, because OSR has nothing comparable or applicable.
The things beyond 3D QP do not necessarily have to be all that different if they have a physical presence and possibly a QP of their own, but if they were to penetrate into our QP they would be rendered unrecognizable by dimensional refraction and appear as a jumbled mess similar to glimpses of depth. To even be able to interact with lower-dimensional beings, it would have to fold, that is, to intersect 3D QP or possibly fold it around itself to make it perceptible as at least an anomaly. Even something as elementary as a simple 4D being possessing nothing but length, width, height, and depth would not be directly perceptible by a 3D mind, and if somehow perceived, its appearance would change drastically depending on how it folds over. At 4D there's already a significant distortion, but at 5D dimensional refraction becomes almost chaotic, rendering otherwise agreeable beings incomprehensible. This would account for potential sightings of «incomprehensible things», but is also what makes fanciful depictions a rather realistic conclusion for a 3D QM to draw (double meaning intended).
That said, in terms of outsiders comprehending it, the whole idea of things outside 3D QP being able to intersect 3D QP hinges on the notion that such things would somehow possess the capacity to fold themselves in violation of their own QP, which, while not implausible (given the relative diffuseness of their QP), appears scientifically improbable given the lack of such events occurring in OSR. This in itself again hinges on the application of OSR, which does not answer for dimensionality besides an integer 3 (and for all we know it might not even be precisely 3). As QMs Monkey Men are biased to accuse other animate beings of being QMs despite there being absolutely no basis for this ridiculous assumption, and religious concepts are also influenced by this. It's a perfectly valid assumption for animate aggregations of matter, but beyond that it's ridiculous.
Gravitational time dilation hinges on the idea that gravitational fields alter the flow of time by «distorting spacetime». This in itself is a metaphor, and a perfectly valid metaphor, at that. Since time is an artifact of quantization, the distortion of «spacetime» causing time to slow down is readily observable and measurable, all due to instruments of measure and observation being affected directly or indirectly by that gravitational field. Spacetime being relative to gravity causes the illusion of time slowing down, whether it's due to the light being bent or lensed in particular ways, slowed down, or elementary interactions being altered and thrown off course giving the appearance of slowing of processes. This distortion of «spacetime» is, as previously mentioned, a great metaphor of depth, but the fact that OSR itself is bent by effects it has to measure is what ultimately undermines the usefulness of the observations involved.
Everything is observed and measured via a certain medium. The medium is typically a field or particle. According to OSR, a particle's properties change upon observation. This is treated as a paradox, while not contradicting any known rules of OSR. The particle in question will be observed using a field or other particles which will interact with it, causing it to deviate from its course and acquire different properties in the measurement. It stands to reason that this would occur, and calling it a paradox IS the paradox as well as the primary symptom of the aforementioned hardwired QM flaw.
In both cases it shows that OSR breaks down when it is undermined by the medium of its own operation, and the QM flaw is to attribute it to forces yet to be comprehended because saying otherwise would be admitting the primitive inefficacy of OSR and admitting to being unable to make unbiased conclusions, admitting to the nature of being a QM confined to 3D QP, and admitting to be as much subject to ER as everything else, therefore relinquishing understanding and ultimately control. Loss of power is against the Monkey Men's QM programming, and has to be zealously guarded at all cost.
In elementary terms, to be able to perceive something is to use a medium to perceive it. As with OSR observations, to perceive something would require engulfing it in a field emanating from oneself, or to use whatever is reflected or emitted from the observed thing. As such, what sees is never invisible; to see is to be seen. Once one is to somehow catch a glimpse of a thing that exists beyond the grasp of 3D QP, it's probably already taken notice. If diffuse and deep things would have the primitive need to be more real, seeing them or looking for them would attract them and possibly corrupt 3D QP in the end. And there is nothing to suggest that their emissions do not carry them over, just like having the flu and sneezing on someone will infect them.
Ultimately even if one was to not be noticed by the things outside, they will invariably remain in one's mind and their image may be called forth, and will therefore be visible to the original viewer always. Whether the conception recorded inside a QM is enough to bridge the gap boils down to the extent to which the QM can even perceive the ER. At present, separating a moment of fancy from actually catching a glimpse of something is not likely, and it's not likely to the extent that it's not even possible.
Whether it's actualy worked for anyone over the ages is debatable, but doubtless there have been incidents of someone seeing something they never wanted to see, which Old Testament accounts of Jehovah and angels could possibly indicate other than someone having a bad trip. Something was ultimately responsible for leading Jehovah to the QP, either directly or blindly, and it's not unreasonable to assume that it could have emanated from within QP for Jehovah to latch on to. The whole reason Jehovah decided to fold or cross (depending on his own dimensionality) is a different story entirely.
Everything Monkey Men are and want to be hinges on power. The Monkey Man gods, whether an invention of the Monkey Men or an actual driving force in the development of Monkey Men (which, ironically, history shows them to be even if they are made up) are as bent on power as are Monkey Men. The biblical god Jehovah, for instance, zealously guarded knowledge of right and wrong from Adam and Eve and was infuriated when they gained the means to understand and control. Them gaining power made Jehovah possess less power relatively to them, and so he had to banish them.
Jehovah is an archetypical coward, showing weakness and histrionic traits. Jehovah is jealous, aggressive, and obviously hellbent on being in charge, especially when his control seems to slip. In the Old Testament as well as similar scripture, Jehovah exercises all his power to lord over his creations, created solely for the purpose of worshiping and glorifying him. In the Old Testament, Jehovah is shown to be pathologically insecure and anxious. Jehovah is a hypocrite, constantly testing the faith of his creations and punishing them for having his flaws. Ultimately Jehovah is genuinely malignant and very human, at the same time striving to be incomprehensible and showing himself in ways that he finds would be incomprehensible to his creations, possibly being a deep thing.
As a side note, the description of celestial angels in the Book of Ezekiel is consistent with 3D QP intepretation of folding things and, while filtered through eyes trying to understand and make sense, eyes striving to draw analogies to aid the reader, are a very sober depiction of dimensional refraction that do not constantly grasp for words that are yet to be made.
Evading the things he thought to chase him, he took control of the cosmos and did quite a number, comparable to other deities, but ultimately his creation was marked and marred by his cowardice. Jehovah's greatest failure was to even tempt his creations with the prospect of comprehension. When the monkey men of Earth arose, even they could have been part of the natural chaos, but Jehovah was lonely and afraid, and needed worship, and needed peers but at the same time was scared of losing his own standing among them. The endowment of monkey men with «reason» has been depicted in myths like Prometheus and the Serpent in Paradise, and whether it was the work of Jehovah's own prodding (much like a child will throw firecrackers into a fire to see what happens) or the interference of someone with different motivations, it exploded in Jehovah's face as well as that of the monkey men. Gaining deeper insight into the world only exacerbated their natural flaws, which reflect the flaws of Jehovah himself, and it brought them even closer to being more like Jehovah, which drove Jehovah to assert his dominance by flaunting his nature as a deep thing.
The Coward God Jehovah is the quintessential coward and a flawed character whose veracity is supported only by persistent fictionalizations. The figures interfering with the doings of Jehovah, however, are depicted as having a multitude of motivations, which reflects that the monkey men of Earth are ultimately unaware of who the mysterious forces even were, trying to come up with explanations that would at least make sense in context of Jehovah, if not outright sanctioned. Invariably the creator god is either jealous or indolent and invariably his nemesis is a trickster and a deceiver, depicting the Monkey Men's deeper resentment of both.
The Monkey Men ultimately resent their deities out of fear, out of spite, and out of jealousy. They are afraid of the punishment Jehovah might inflict upon them, but they also resent Jehovah for having the power they covet, and they resent Jehovah for being something outside of their grasp allowing him to be outside their control. The stories attempting paint Jehovah as a tool, like the biblical tales of the «God of Israel» may be seen as the Monkey Men's attempt to control Jehovah through sublimation, which is not an entirely far-fetched concept but for the Monkey Men hinges entirely on asinine logic.
Ultimately, while they exercise a great power over 3D QP by virtue of being effectively «outside» it, the gods are necessarily animate in the same way as the Monkey Men and other 3D QP beings. Their power over the QP (and probably beyond) stems from their nature as being «immigrants» from the ER «outside» the QP of the Monkey Men, and having the ability to cross over, it stands to reason that they would also have the ability to warp or influence the processes of 3D QP. Gods don't even have to be real. Jehovah (and his angels) is the most likely candidate for an actual deep thing; the rest could easily be chalked up to being glorified Monkey Men from either distant history or heavily idealized fiction contrived by the Monkey Men to be an analogy of themselves—or, in a peculiar twist, an amalgamation of idealized monkey men and interference from the outer ER.
Nevertheless, OSR, while not mutually exclusive with Jehovah, has yet to reach the point where Jehovah would be a scientifically acceptable element. The same could be said for the other gods. Due to the crudeness of OSR procedures, Monkey Men are prone to elevating the discrepancy to the level of a dichotomy between the gods and OSR. Ultimately 3D QP is subject to the whims of its constituent particles, animate or otherwise, OSR being the method to categorize them and gods being instigators on a level beyond 3D QMs. And for all we know, the Monkey Men might even themselves be responsible for bringing the gods to their QP, probably excepting Jehovah, if he was to have designed the Monkey Men himself.
Philosophy was never important, and has always ultimately been a pointless solipsist pursuit, practised by the few to the chagrin of the many. Its true nature has never gone beyond drawing lines in the mud and discussing all the pointless ways in which they differ. All it has achieved has been to assign a whole set of new labels to conceptual elements of QP, even aspiring at times to lay hands upon the sacred cow OSR. And given that it has invariably been joined at the hip with religion (including the very real religion of atheism) its utility diminishes even further.
ER will ultimately exist whether or not anyone sees it or believes in it. Even somehow perceiving or understanding ER won't grant any magical powers. Even if a 3D QM of QP, steeped in OSR and OSR-friendly environments was to gain any sort of insight or inner vision, it would not breach the confines of their own physical body in and of itself. While seeing the things makes one be seen, it's ridiculous to presume that it will necessarily have any sort of significance. Reality as we understand it, OSR, the 3D QP, is too small to be anything beyond a cosmic mote of dust. Continuously pondering on it is not productive. Discussing it won't change it. All it's good for is pretending to be smart. So I don't waste my time.
That's why I'm an agnostic.