Using levels instead of dimensions is a neat way of thinking about it. I feel like i was kind of misleading with how i explained things. I said that i think the DO exists outside the pattern, which contradicts what i said about him being imprisoned in the 2nd dimension. Let me see if i can use your idea of levels to describe what i meant.
Level 1 - ?
Level 2 - DO's Prison
Level 3 - All of Space (Abode of the brain, all energy (that includes matter) that exists in one instant of time)
Level 4 - All of Time (Every position of all energy in space at every point in time it will ever be at)
Level 5 - All possible timelines (Portal worlds, every possible position of energy at any time)
Level 6 - Everything (Abode of the soul, origin of energy, theoretical source of the One Power)
Using that setup, the pattern would be the collapse of all possible timelines into the only possible Level 4 reality. Level 5 I believe is necessary because having all possible timelines allows for one timeline to exist that will be able to continue to exist indefinitely (there are neither beginnings nor endings to the Wheel of Time)
What you said about the Dragonsoul "collapsing" creation is similar to this idea. I thought about it heavily last night, but I'm not sure how to communicate it exactly, so it might seem a little bit jumbled.
All of reality, space and time, exists, but truly exists in only one state, ever. It always exists, because if it didn't always exist, it would never exist. Any other possibilities of what could have happened (different decisions for instance), are simply possibilities, nothing more. All decisions have already been made, and could only have been made one way for reality to continue existing indefinitely. This brings up the question of free will. If there is only one timeline that can continue indefinitely, then that means there is only one way to make a decision to allow it to continue indefinitely. So would free will exist in this theory? I think it would, let me quote the matrix against my better judgement. The Oracle says "You've already made the choice, now you have to understand why you made it." In the reality we perceive, the only reality that truly exists, the decisions we make have already been made, but they were still our decision.
It's tough to visualize what i mean by this. To help, consider the position of an electron, it's a probability based on Schrodinger's Equation. Once observed, it "collapses" into a definite position. But the electron will always be in the same position if observed at the same point in time, because it has to be. Any other positions it could have been are irrelevant, and only influence other possible timelines. If it wasn't at the same point at the same time, every time, reality would be inconsistent. Likewise, other possible timelines can exist, but only one reality truly exists, the reality observed by all souls. The other positions that the electron could have been in don't matter because the only position that matters is the one that allows time to continue indefinitely.
Now, the decisions of the dragonsoul could help the DO in his goal to "collapse" reality into destruction. But by the nature of how the pattern works, reality MUST continue to exist. It might get to the point where the only timeline that exists is the one and only reality capable of existing and continuing to exist, and that one somehow prevents the DO from collapsing reality completely, even with the dragonsoul possibly helping him. Theoretically at this point, none of the portal worlds would exist, and then after this point they would begin to re-emerge (once the DO is completely resealed or something). This wouldn't contradict what's stated in the book, (that if the DO is sealed, he's sealed in all worlds) because, once freed, he would be able to instantly destroy all other worlds (the ones where no one was there to put up a fight to stop him.) Incidentally i believe this is what could happen once Rand breaks the seals before the last battle, the DO gets to destroy all the portal worlds, but true reality will continue to exist because it has to (and because Rand's a boss).
Now, after all that, I'm sitting here trying to work in the quantum brain theory to what i just proposed, and my mind is just drawing blanks
. So ill move on to the rest of what you said.
I started college as an electrical engineer, so i have some knowledge of systems using ternary logic or higher. They're pretty interesting, though, like you said, not very practical, at least not yet.
Chaos theory is quite interesting, and is definitely a topic i want to get into at some point. I don't really know much about it so I'd have to do some research, which i don't have time for right now (spring break just ended
) A chaos theory based idea would certainly fit into the model above, exactly how i cant be sure. Probably the best place would be, like you said, to help account for free will.
As for the quote by Einstein, i think he probably understood that Buddhism was more of a philosophy than a religion, and i also think that's probably part of the reason he picked it. Philosophy is sort of a science, i called it a pseudo-science earlier in the thread. Philosophers base their ideas primarily on sound reasoning. An idea that makes sense, leads to these conclusions, which has these consequences, which leads to...etc. Religion is based on tradition and belief, without considering reason, at least for the most part. Philosophy is in my opinion the link necessary to bridge the gap between science and religion. And Buddhism is undoubtedly one of the greatest philosophies of our time. Maybe it's time Buddhism was considered a religion, more people might be inclined to follow it then!