What the Tesseract Scene in the film “Interstellar” taught me about Witnesses

“See!” he said to all the people. “This stone will be a witness against us. It has heard all the words the Lord has said to us. It will be a witness against you if you are untrue to your God.” — Joshua 24:27, NIV.

Can stones really be a witness against us? I mean, it doesn’t even have life in it, does it not? And, even if there is life within it, they’re but microbial. Can something as insignificant as microbes, witness to all that we say? Can something as lifeless as a stone, be witnesses against us?

I think it is important to take a step back and look at what the Bible says about stones. In two occasions, the Bible teaches us that stones can cry out (Habakkuk 2:11, Luke 19:40). But on both occasions, these never come into realization. And even if they did, they are miracles uttered by God Himself. So, in a sense, the ability for stones to cry out as mentioned in these two verses differ from our initial question about stones being witnesses for all generations.

My queries on the topic made me dig deeper into the verse. Here, we see that the stone “heard” all the words. It did not mention any other things that the stones would do. Since only the auditory system was mentioned and nothing else, let’s assume that they have only the ability to hear and process what they’ve heard.

So, stones can listen. But how?

In a finite world like ours, we know full well that we are unable to turn back time. In this sense, time is a record of all that we say and do. We can never be at more than one place at any given time. Likewise, we cannot say more than one thing at any given time. Given this limitation of space-time, time in itself keeps a record of our lives. In other words, the absence of time is the absence of all things. That includes our very being.

But since humanity, along with all of creation, is still in existence, time has not come to pass. Now, if the presence of time is as real as life, we can infer that there must be a record of it, somewhere. I have written extensively about eternity and its makeup. You can read more about it here. But for this topic, we’re not looking at eternity in its entirety. We are looking at certain variants of space-time where instead of the conventional four-dimensional reality (three spatial dimensions plus time), we are looking at a five-dimensional reality (four spatial dimensions plus time), where the dimension of time acts in a way a spatial dimension would act (a dimension where we can go back and forth on it). We are looking at a Tesseract.

A Tesseract is a projection of the four-spatial dimension reality in a three-dimension one. And in the film “Interstellar”, Cooper was portrayed to have fallen into a Tesseract that future species have built; a place where the manifestations of all of the physical reality and its time coordinate can be accessed while still being limited in a certain variant of reality.

In this reality, the four-dimensional reality as we know it breaks down. Time is now horizontal. Spatial dimensions are limited to two spatial dimensions. As you go up and down in time, you’re looking at spatial particles in the two-dimensions. It is in this reality that Cooper peered through the particles of book covers and listened in to his own conversation with his daughter Murph. Because Cooper was in a different reality as compared to where he was when he was with his daughter, the Cooper that is in the Tesseract wasn’t able to communicate with himself nor his daughter in the physical spatial reality. No matter how hard he tried, his voice simply could not travel back into the physical spatial reality.

As we manipulate realities in the higher dimensions, physical traits of everyday things will begin to change.

To what extent will it change? I guess we will never know it until we’re there ourselves. But one thing is for sure, physical things in the universe can be witnesses to the lives we lead.

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