Re: that last piece of rambling…I did some research this afternoon.
To rephrase my earlier statements: my conjecture is that the universe is a four-dimensional manifold that has Euclidean neighborhoods, but which itself exists inside of a non-Euclidean n-dimensional set (n being an unknown number higher than four). Quanta are n-dimensional objects that pass through a four-dimensional manifold at multiple points. Within that four-dimensional manifold, these objects are represented as multiple discrete objects that do not coincide within the manifold, though they may coincide in n-dimensional space. The state of this n-dimensional quanta is always internally consistent, but since it cannot be seen as a single object within that manifold, it appears to be multiple non-coinciding objects with non-local coherence.
Does that make more sense? 🙂
(I’m still not sure if I’m explaining this properly. If you’re a physicist or a topologist, it would be great if you could contact me via the contact form and explain which bits of this sound like complete nonsense. It’s not, I assure you, but I may be using the wrong terminology for what I’m trying to convey.)