MTSU group explores possibility of ‘5th dimension’...

MTSU group explores possibility of ‘5th dimension’

Is the “fifth dimension” more than just a singing quintet?

The MTSU Science and Spirituality Group will explore that question in a presentation titled “Conscious, the Paranormal and Higher Dimensions” at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23, at Unity of Murfreesboro, 130 S. Cannon Ave. in Murfreesboro.

Dr. Horace "Hap" Crater

Dr. Horace “Hap” Crater

Dr. Horace W. “Hap” Crater, a physics professor at the University of Tennessee Space Institute in Tullahoma, Tennessee, will be the guest speaker.

Crater will examine the possibility that the space-time continuum is not limited to the four dimensions accepted by physicists and cosmologists — length, width, height and time.

Crater proposes that a possible “fifth dimension” in the universe “might provide a physical way of allowing our personal consciousness to extend beyond the normal four dimensions,” said Dr. Gary Wulfsberg, MTSU chemistry professor emeritus.

“The existence of consciousness outside the normal four-dimensional physical universe cannot now be rejected out of hand as absolutely unverifiable by science,” Wulfsberg added.

Crater, who teaches several physics courses at UTSI, also conducts research on theoretical physics. He earned his bachelor’s degree from The College of William and Mary and his master’s and doctoral degrees from Yale University.

The Science and Spirituality Group grew out of conversations between MTSU professors about humanity’s place in the cosmos.

Since 2008, the group has brought accomplished speakers to campus to allow students, faculty and the public an opportunity to see both science and spirituality “as a valuable lens through which to explore perennial questions of human interest,” according to the group’s website at

For more information, contact Wulfsberg at or Unity of Murfreesboro at 615-907-6033.

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