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Teenager Describes the Fourth Dimension to the Rest of Us


We stumbled across this video the other day and were blown away. Who says teenagers can’t understand, study, and get excited about complex, abstract topics? Who says we’re only able to handle the latest celebrity gossip, pop song lyrics, and Internet memes?

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If you’re a teenager we hope this video inspires you to think deeply and study hard about the things you love. Don’t be afraid to be the ‘nerd’ who changes the world. Don’t be afraid to use your brain and stretch yourself in any area.

If you work with teenagers we hope you are motivated to challenge the young people in your life. Feed them meat, not just milk. Hand them serious books about serious issues. Encourage them to pursue their passions. Youth pastors, don’t just babysit us. Teach us doctrine. Confront us with the glorious complexities of theology. You might just be surprised at how much we can understand.


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Alex and Brett Harris

are the co-founders of and co-authors of Do Hard Things and Start Here. They have a passion for God and for their generation. Their personal interests include politics, filmmaking, music, and basketball. They are both graduates of Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, Virginia.


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  • This simplified explanation still seems above my head– maybe that’s just God telling me that I shouldn’t go into physics… 😛

  • I appreciate his simple explanation but I do think that we need to remember that God is infinite and we are not. Therefore we can not expect to completely understand the universe and that all that He has created.

    Now, I’m not saying that we shouldn’t research or try to understand things. There are many things that we can, and should, understand.

  • I’m not sure everything he said is completely correct. While I don’t (by any means) consider myself an expert in this area but I have done some listening to Dr. Chuck Missler talk about this issue and he says that actually space is time (shockingly enough) and physicists actually often refer to it as “spacetime”. To prove this, scientists used two atomic clocks and sent one for a trip in an airplane and when it came back, the clocks showed different times. I’d encourage all of you to listen to Dr. Missler’s has some radio programs about this topic on his website related to this at “Beyond Time and Space” ( espcially talks about the 4th dimension, I beleive.

    I do agree that teens shouldn’t back down from science though! I’m so glad he had the courage to make this video and encourage all of us to stretch our minds!

  • If the second dimension is made of first dimension lines, and the third is made of 2nd dimension planes, then what is the first dimension made of?

    • It’s made of zero-dimensional points. A point has no length, width, or height; yet when you string them together you get a line, or length, forming the first dimension.

        • Probably nothing. I’m not sure if you can see a point. I don’t really understand it myself…all that theoretical stuff that’s true but seems impossible…

  • “Flatland” by Edwin A. Abbott is a great little book that explains many of these concepts in a fictional format. It gets a little monotonous at times, but I would highly recommend it to anyone that likes this video. The perspectives portrayed in the first part were interesting and the last part of the book was especially interesting as it attempted to describe the additional dimensions beyond the third dimension. If I recall correctly the book also spends a little time in the 0th dimension which would simply be an infinitely small point.

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