Sunday, 24 April 2016

Mahakala's Quantime and the frame-rate of the Universe

Time is a difficult concept which scientists and philosophers have been unable to properly define and understand. As a result there are no technological applications known, which really involve some manipulation of time. In our quest of knowledge and mastery of nature, it is therefore indispensable that we arrive at a true knowledge of time, which will be confirmed by our ability to technologically manipulate it

The approach in this essay is explorative and speculative. Whereas I am not a fan of speculation, as by itself it will not lead us to knowledge, it is however an essential tool to come up with a plurality of hypotheses to account for a phenomenon, which hypotheses can be verified or falsified. If more than one hypothesis remains after verification, usually we will choose the hypothesis with the least number of assumptions. This principle is known as Occam’s razor, which is an intuitive but unproven principle.

In ancient times Time was usually associated with the periodicity of a natural phenomenon such as tides, seasons or the movement of celestial bodies. Time has been associated with movement or with change in general. In recent times, the arrow of Time from past via present to future, which as of yet seems to be irreversible, has been connected to the notion of entropy: Time can only progress in the direction of an overall increase of chaos or increasing entropy: This is known as the second law of thermodynamics.

Einstein has made major contributions to our grasp of the notion of time by showing that time is relative and can be dilated if the speed at which we move approaches the speed of light. The speed of light has thus far been found to be an absolute limit to speed and when a photon travels at this speed -from the perspective of the photon- time is said to stand still. This is a consequence of Einstein’s theory of special relativity.

Einstein’s general theory of relativity goes a bit further and combines space and time into a so-called four dimensional “space-time continuum”. A continuum, because nobody has ever been able to find discrete units of space, time or space-time.

Yet there are alternative theories, which equally well account for the speed of light as a limit to speed and which are functionally equivalent to Einstein’s theory of special relativity, albeit based on different concepts:
One of these is the MDT (Moving Dimensions Theory) of Elliot McGucken. Space-time itself is expanding at the constant rate of light speed. Langan’s “conspansion” is a variant thereof in which all objects are shrinking at the constant rate of light speed, whereas space itself remains unaltered.

In my panpsychic pancomputationalism T.O.E. I have relied heavily on the work of Steven Kaufman ("Unified Reality Theory"or URT), who describes space as a fabric of “reality” cells. The reality cells themselves are nothing more than consciousness forming a first relation with itself. The cells can have an energetic content or not, turning them into a kind of computational digit. Kaufman calls such an energetic content “distortion content” and this distortion content propagates through the reality cell or space matrix in a periodic manner creating a “period of content exchange”, which Kaufman equates with the speed of light. Time in Kaufman’s model is merely a measure of the periodicity of what he calls “compound processes”. When energetic content (or photonic entities if you wish) encounter each other, they start to attract each other due to their mutual attractive distortions radiating in all directions. Thus they start to turn around each other thereby forming “matter”, which is nothing more than a second order relationship of consciousness to itself.

In this view time is more of an emergent property resulting from the compounded dynamics of multiple energy content entities propagating through the energy matrix in compound processes called matter. Without matter there is no time in Kaufman’s model.

On the other hand, since the reality cells can function as a computational digit, which conveys information, I have argued that Kaufman’s theory is essentially a form of pancomputationalism. Since in Kaufman’s model every energetic relation is an expression of consciousness, I also indicated that Kaufman’s theory is a panpsychic theory, leading to the unusual terminology “panpsychic pancomputationalism”.
More of this chapter in my next book, which I have submitted for publication.

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