The Fourth Dimensional Reaches of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition
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The Project Gutenberg EBook of The Fourth Dimensional Reaches of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition, byCora Lenore WilliamsThis eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it,give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online atwww.gutenberg.netTitle: The Fourth Dimensional Reaches of the Panama-Pacific International ExpositionAuthor: Cora Lenore WilliamsRelease Date: April 13, 2004 [EBook #12010]Language: English*** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK FOURTH DIMENSIONAL REACHES ***Produced by David A. SchwanThe Fourth-Dimensional Reaches of the ExpositionSan Francisco, 1915By Cora Lenore Williams, M. S.Author of "As If" and Essays on "Involution"Paul Elder and CompanyPublisher - San FranciscoCopyright, 1915By Paul Elder and CompanySan FranciscoTo My Father and MotherContentsLines on "Fourth-Dimensional Insight" by Ormeida Curtis Harrison. (Tissue Facing Frontispiece.)A Fourteenth Century LegendEssay on the Fourth-Dimensional Reaches of the Exposition. By Cora Lenore Williams:General Status of the Fourth-Dimensional TheoryFourth-Dimensional Aspects of the Panama-Pacific International ExpositionBibliography: Books and Poems having Fourth-Dimensional InsightIllustrationsAn Unborn Space. The Court of Four Seasons. From an etching by Gertrude Partington (Frontispiece)A Structure Brave. Palace of Fine ...



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The Project Gutenberg EBook of The FourthDimensional Reaches of the Panama-PacificInternational Exposition, by Cora Lenore WilliamsThis eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere atno cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever.You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under theterms of the Project Gutenberg License includedwith this eBook or online at www.gutenberg.netTPitalne:a mTha-e PFaociufritc hI nDtiemrneantsiioonnaal l ERxepaocsihtieosn of theAuthor: Cora Lenore WilliamsRelease Date: April 13, 2004 [EBook #12010]Language: English*E**B OSTOAK RFT OOUFR TTHH ISD IPMREONJSIEOCNT AGL URTEEANCBHEERSG ***Produced by David A. SchwanThe Fourth-Dimensional Reaches of the Exposition
San Francisco, 1915By Cora Lenore Williams, M. S.Author of "As If" and Essays on "Involution"PPuabulli sEhldere r-  aSnadn  CForamnpcaisncyoCopyright, 1915By Paul Elder and CompanySan FranciscoTo My Father and MotherContentsLines on "Fourth-Dimensional Insight" by OrmeidaCurtis Harrison.   (Tissue Facing Frontispiece.)A Fourteenth Century LegendEssay on the Fourth-Dimensional Reaches of theExposition. By Cora   Lenore Williams:General Status of the Fourth-Dimensional TheoryFourth-Dimensional Aspects of the Panama-PacificInternational   ExpositionBibliography: Books and Poems having Fourth-
Dimensional InsightIllustrationsAn Unborn Space. The Court of Four Seasons.From an etching by Gertrude   Partington (Frontispiece)A Structure Brave. Palace of Fine Arts. From anetching by Gertrude   PartingtonA Building Inside Out. The Court of Ages. From anetching by Gertrude   PartingtonA Four-Dimensional Cover Design. By JuliaManchester Mackie. (Cover.)Time is, and all the detail of the world confoundsThe plastic mind. With multitude of shapes andsounds   Do the swift elements of thought contend   To form a whole which life may comprehend.      Only to those of high intent      Is life revealed, and quick dreams sent -      Half glimpsed truths omnipotent.   Out of the silence of an unborn space   A spirit moves, and thought comes face to face   With the immutable, and time is past,   And the spent soul, done, meets truth at last.      Chance, fate, occasion, circumstance,      In interfused radiance   Are lost. Past, present, future, all combined   In one sure instantaneous grasp of mind,And all infinity unrolls at our command,
AAnndd  balel ainsfti naitnyd  umnraonll sa natd  oGuor dc ounmitme,a nads, worldsexpand.   - Ormeida Curtis Harrison.A Fourteenth Century LegendFriar Bacon, reading one day of the manyconquests of England, bethought himself how hemight keep it hereafter from the like conquests andso make himself famous to all posterity. This (aftergreat study) he found could be no way so welldone as one; which was to make a head of brass,and if he could make this head to speak (and hearit when it spoke) then might he be able to wall allEngland about with brass. To this purpose he gotone Friar Bungey to assist him, who was a greatscholar and magician (but not to be compared toFriar Bacon); these two with great study and painsso formed a head of brass that in the inward partsthereof there was all things like as in a naturalman's head. This being done they were as far fromperfection of the work as they were before, for theyknew not how to give those parts that they hadmade motion, without which it was impossible thatit should speak. Many books they read, but yetcould not find out any hope of what they sought,that at the last they concluded to raise a spirit andto know of him that which they could not attain bytheir own studies.tThheem s, pairsitk isntrg aiwghhta t otbheeyye dw,o aulndd.  aHpe pteoaldr etdh eumnt tohat
with a continual fume of the six hottest simples itshould have motion, and in one month spacespeak: the time of the month: or the day he knewnot. Also he told them that if they heard it notbefore it had done speaking, all their labor shouldbe lost.Then went these two learned Friars home againand prepared the simples ready and made thefume, and with continual watching attended whenthis Brazen Head should speak. Thus watched theyfor three weeks without any rest, so that they wereso weary and sleepy that they could not any longerrefrain from rest. Then called Friar Bacon his manMiles, and told him that it was not unknown to himwhat pains Friar Bungey and himself had taken forthree weeks space only to make and to hear theBrazen Head speak, which if they did not, then hadthey lost all their labor, and all England had a greatloss thereby. Therefore he entreated Miles that hewould watch whilst that they slept and call them ifthe head spake. 'Fear not (good master), I willharken and attend, upon the head and if it dochance to speak, I will call you; therefore, I praytake you both your rest and let me alone forwatching this head.'* * * *At last, after some noise, the Head spake thesetwo words: 'Time is.' Miles, hearing it to speak nomore, thought his master would be angry if hewaked him for that, and therefore he let them bothsleep and began to mock the Head in this manner:
'Thou Brazen-faced Head, hath my master took allthis pains about thee and now dost thou requitehim with two words, "Time is"?'* * * *After half an hour had past, the Head did speakagain two words which were these: 'Time was.'Miles respected these words as little as he did theformer and would not wake his master, but stillscoffed at the Brazen Head, that it had learned nobetter words, and have had such a tutor as hismaster; * * * * '"Time was!" I knew that, Brazen-face, without your telling. I knew Time was and Iknow what things there was when Time was, and ifyou speak no wiser, no master shall be waked for'.em* * * ** * * * The Brazen Head spake again these words:'Time is past'; and therewith fell down andpresently followed a terrible noise, with strangeflashes of fire, so that Miles was half dead withfear. At this noise the two Friars waked andwondered to see the whole room so full of smoke,but that being vanished, they might perceive theBrazen Head broken and lying on the ground. Atthis sight they grieved, and called Miles to knowhow this came. Miles, half dead with fear, said thatit fell down of itself and that with the noise and firethat followed he was almost frightened out of hiswits. Friar Bacon asked him if it did not speak.'Yes,' quoth Miles, 'it spake, but to no purpose.'
'Yes,' quoth Miles, 'it spake, but to no purpose.'General Status of the Fourth-Dimensional TheoryThe human mind has so long followed its earlycow-paths through the wilderness of sense thatgreat hardihood is required even to suggest thatthere may be other and better ways of traversingthe empirical common. So it is that the fear ofbeing proclaimed a Brazenhead has restrained meuntil this eleventh hour from telling of mydiscoveries concerning the fourth-dimensionalreaches of our Exposition. That I have the couragenow is due to my desire to help in its preservation;not to the end of enclosing it in a brass wall, but tolift it out of the realm of things temporal and give itpermanent meaning for our thought and aspiration.Would we save our Exposition from the ravages ofTime we have to exorcise that monster with theenigmatical utterances of the aforesaid BrazenHead. The philosophers are telling us that Time isthe fourth dimension in the process of evolving forour consciousness. I take it that there are threestages in this evolution; the first, that of immediateexperience, is subsumed by the phrase 'Time is';the second is a passing from the concrete to theabstract through the fact that 'Time was'; and theglory of the last is visioned only when we can say'Time is past.'While many books have been written descriptive ofthe Exposition, none has succeeded in accountingcompletely for the joy we have in yonder miracle of
beauty. And this through no fault of the writers.When all has been said concerning plan andexecution there is still a subtle something notspatialized for consciousness. Length, breadth,and height do not suffice to set forth the ways ofour delight in it. What of this perceptual residue?Obviously to give it extension we shall have toascribe to reality other dimensions than those ofour present sense realm. Some disciple of Bergsoninterrupts: 'Ah, this whereof you speak is a spiritualthing and as such is given by the intuition. Why,then, do you seek to spatialize it?' And the laymanout of his mental repugnance to thingsmathematical echoes, 'Why?' We have to answerthat the process of creative evolution makesimperative the transfixion by the intellect of theseso-called spiritual perceptions. Although theintuition transcends the intelligence in its grasp ofbeauty and truth, we may attain to the higherinsight it has to offer only if the things of the spiritbecome known to the intellect - a point inBergson's philosophy which the majority of hisreaders overlook. 'We have,' he says, 'to engenderthe categories of our thought; it is not enough thatwe determine what these are.' Bergson ispreeminently the prophet of the higher spaceconcept. We had done better to have held to Kant,for now we are not only confronted with the fourthdimension as a thought-form, but with the duty aswell of furthering its creation. And in that light wehave to regard what of worth and meaning theExposition has for us.Although the scientist has found it useful on
occasion to postulate the fourth dimension, he hasnot thought necessary as yet to put it in thecategory of reality; much less has the layman.Consequently the mathematician holds the soletitle to its knowledge unless we recognize theclaims of the medium to a fourth-dimensionalinsight.There is much, however, today which points to ourcoming to such perception as the natural result ofour evolution and quite apart from geometricalabstractions or occultism. It is as though somegreat tidal wave had swept over space and wehave, quite unbeknown to ourselves, been lifted byit to new heights. And when we have once obtainedour spiritual balance we shall doubtless find thatour space world has taken to itself anotherdirection, inconceivable as that now seems.Space is more than room wherein to move about; itis, first of all, the room in which we think, and uponhow we do so depends the number of itsdimensions. If the attention has become 'riveted tothe object of its practical interest' to the extent thatthis is the only good the creature knows, then is itsthought-form one-dimensional even though itsbodily movements are three-spaced. The greatPeacock Moth wings a sure course mateward tothe mystification of the scientist; the dog finds thedirect road home - his master cannot tell how;Mary Antin climbs to an education over difficultiesapparently insurmountable; Rockefeller knows hisgoal and attains it, regardless of other moralworths. For these the way is certain. They can
suffer no deflection since there are no relativevalues, no possible choices. Their purpose makesthe road one-dimensional. That the majority ofpersons are still feeling their way over the surfaceof things is attested by the general mentalineptitude for the study of solid geometry. Depthand height play little part in our physical perception.For most of us the third dimension is practicallyunknown beyond the reach of a few feet. ABeachey soaring aloft - why all the bravado ofcurve and loop? Sooner or later he will fall to hisdeath. Ay, verily! but his is a joyous martyrdommaking for the evolution of consciousness. Notalways shall we crawl like flies the surface of ourglobe!While a man's space-world is limited by histhought, it is, on the other hand, as boundless ashis thought. That the world evolves with ourconsciousness, is at once the philosophy of'Creative Evolution' and of the higher space theory.Our present spatial milieu has settled down to aseemingly three dimensional finality because ourthought-form has become so habitual as to giverise to certain geometric axioms. All we need inorder to come to a fourth-dimensionalconsciousness, said Henri Poincare, 'the greatestof moderns,' is a new table of distribution; that is, abreaking up of old associations of ideas and theforming of new relations - a simple matter were itnot for our mental inertia. Lester Ward speculatesthat life remained aquatic for the vast periods thatpaleontology would indicate; Cambrian, Silurian,Devonian, Carboniferous - a duration greater than