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<p><code>_____________</code><a href="https://openscienceframework.org/project/dXJEO/wiki/ProjectBranches" rel="nofollow">News</a> </p> <h2>Overview</h2> <p>Inspired by Edwin Abbott’s mathematical allegory <i><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flatland" rel="nofollow">Flatland: a Romance of Many Dimensions</a></i> and <a href="https://openscienceframework.org/project/dXJEO/wiki/PsychResearchBefore09242013" rel="nofollow">recent psychological research</a>, Hyperland may be thought of as a simulated world inspired by geometry as it relates to the habits and boundaries of human perceptual capabilities. Its central question: <i>to what extent are humans capable of perceiving and operating in four spatial dimensions, with the fourth dimension being a spatial continuum that <a href="http://scholar.google.com/scholar?q=%22four+spatial+dimensions%22+cosmology&btnG=&hl=en&as_sdt=0%2C47" rel="nofollow">cosmologists</a>, mathematicians, and <a href="http://scholar.google.com/scholar?q=%22four+spatial+dimensions%22+molecule&btnG=&hl=en&as_sdt=0%2C47" rel="nofollow">molecular chemists</a> alike have posited the existence of to address challenges in their respective fields?</i> <br><br><br> The process whereby Hyperland's physics engine and user interface design emerges will be noteworthy because it will do so by being <b><a href="https://github.com/bblohowiak/Hyperland" rel="nofollow">open source</a></b>. Broadly speaking, the two-stage plan is to develop a simulation of: </p> <ol> <li>4D Euclidean space as proof-of-concept</li> <li>Minkowski spacetime with four spatial dimensions to include relativistic effects </li> </ol> <p>Like any challenging undertaking, it will prove educational to its aspiring programmers, engineers, mathematicians, digital artists, and the like. Transpiring largely online, their collaborative work has built-in global and research-friendly affordances.</p> <p>Project goals include users having the ability to:</p> <ul> <li>manipulate photorealistic representations of objects of varying dimensionality in a hypothetical physical space that consists of four dimensions </li> <li>experience moving themselves and/or non-self objects toward intended target destinations in that space </li> </ul> <p>This project also has the goals of documenting how:</p> <ul> <li>Hyperland may acclimatize individuals to perception of <a href="https://openscienceframework.org/project/dXJEO/wiki/4DObjectPrimer" rel="nofollow">4D <i>objects</i></a>, <i>environments</i>, and <i>representations of themselves/each other</i> in 4D space & how that may alter users' perception of natural spatial relationships<ul> <li><a href="https://openscienceframework.org/project/dXJEO/wiki/InSimSpatialPerception" rel="nofollow">in simulation</a> </li> <li><a href="https://openscienceframework.org/project/dXJEO/wiki/OutSimSpatialPerception" rel="nofollow">out of simulation</a> </li> </ul> </li> <li>Hyperland may acclimatize individuals to perception of 4D <i>locations</i> in 4D space and <br>how that may alter users' mnemonic encoding and retrieval<ul> <li><a href="https://openscienceframework.org/project/dXJEO/wiki/InSimMnemonics" rel="nofollow">in simulation</a> </li> <li><a href="https://openscienceframework.org/project/dXJEO/wiki/OutSimMnemonics" rel="nofollow">out of simulation</a> </li> </ul> </li> </ul> <p>As in preparing systems for space travel, focusing on final outcomes for end users is but one way to view what draws upon a variety of disciplines and sub-disciplines in mathematics, the sciences, engineering, and the arts to bring a world otherwise known only to individual imaginations and through inference to shared interactive life. The potential utility of Hyperland in psychological, cosmological, and medical research--as well as in so-called "pure" research or data-mining without a predefined discipline or application--speaks to its important <a href="http://people.virginia.edu/~pwh2a/Frigg%20and%20Reiss%20response.doc" rel="nofollow">epistemological consequences</a>. <br><br> <a href="https://openscienceframework.org/project/dXJEO/wiki/ProjectBranches" rel="nofollow">Click here</a> to see what contributors and their teams have been working on to achieve project goals.<br> <a href="https://openscienceframework.org/project/dXJEO/wiki/contributors/" rel="nofollow">Click here</a> for background information about current contributors.<br> Become a contributor yourself to suggest additional or alternate goals and to assist in their achievement!</p> <p><i>If you are interested in being added as a contributor to this project, do two things:<br> 1) Make sure that you have an OSF login. <br>2) Email the name associated with that login with a request to be added to Hyperland to: <br> </i>ben.blohowiak at gmail dot com<br><br></p>
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