Scott McCloud’s exploration of duration, time, or the fourth dimension and how it can and is represented within comic strips and more generally all types of media brings my mind to string theory and several concepts I am still trying to wrap my head around.
My first realization came when I watched Carl Sagan’s Video on Flatlander’s and began to understand that something that lives in the second dimension can only perceive things in the first dimension. This, if I am following this theory right, leads me to believe that we humans live in the fourth dimension, time, and perceive things one dimension below us or in the 3rd dimension. Our memories and perception of the world around consist of nothing more than a series of geometric configurations from which we are able to derive meaning and a type of understanding about the significance of those configurations. McCloud’s 2-Dimensional Discussion is able to achieve the same thing simply using a series of lines on paper.
When the discussion extends to 10 dimensions things get a bit more complex but if a two dimensional medium is able to represent a fourth dimensional concept. What is something not limited by the 3 dimensional world able to represent and is it possible for beings living in the 4th dimension to potentially perceive the higher dimensions through the use of this tool.