Einstein: Time -Space and Literature
April 5, 2015 Einstein, Time-Space and Literature
The most profound thing Einstein said is that time is taffy, malleable.
And so is space.
If I do it correctly I can leave earth and see me coming back again younger than I am today.
Now practically, this means that the car ahead of me on the highway is pushing both time
and space ahead of itself and I am in the rear observing my own future since I and my car
will soon occupy a future I can see outside my windshield; one that will occur as soon as I reach
the spot where that car ahead of me is now, or was, when I was in the rear observing that
car moving through what was clear to me was my future. More, I was, (am) in the present behind him
pushing space in front of me creating time-space as I proceed and if my speed is at the speed of
light I can compress both time and space in doing so and increase mass to something approaching infinity. So a car moving much slower behind me is actually existing in a different relationship to
time and space than I am; so different so as to be almost in another dimension. So lets assume I am moving at the speed of light; that much slower car behind me probably could not even see me or be aware of me because for all practical purposes I exist in a separate universe from my much slower moving compatriot. But the larger point Einstein says is that you and I and everything exists in time and space simultaneously living both our past, our future, and our present. That is, all these dimensions exist together.
Look up at the stars and we see what was going on millions if not billions of years ago because light
takes that long to get here. But note that other stars also exist in space in our future, so do we; so all three dimensions exist simultaneously in the time-space continuum. Space-time is a fabric and if we shake one end of the fabric ripples happen all though the fabric.
Now in the Tibetan Book of the Dead the same point is made a different way in that when we die and get reincarnated we come back again probably using Einstein's time space continuum.
Well, Christians also believe something very similar in that after we die we simply enter into another time space continuum and our atoms, our soul, or what ever, are merely transformed from matter into another form of energy. Hello Einstein again.
Wonder what want he was reading.
So there is agreement then between religion and science on these things and therefore what is the big disagreement about? Nothing but institutions fighting over money and adherents in time and space so to speak.
Now the quantum folks come along and they say 'Wait a minute Einstein, nice theory but that is not the way things work down at the atomic level. Time and space are not linear like you imply and you have not recognized the import of your own idea that time and space, past, future and present exist simultaneously.
If that is true, and it is at the sub-atomic level, what we get there, and in the heavens, are small black holes in one and big black holes in the other, and to booth all things existing at the same time is not true. Things at the sub-atomic level come in an out of existence.
Therefore, things are not stable at all on either level, and at both levels, things pop in and out of existence, our universe popped into existence from nothing (the big bang) and we can see parts of our universe popping out of existence into black and white holes everyday in space.
Therefore, therefore, on the sub atomic level the cat is made up of atoms which, too, pop in and out of existence. It is just that we can't see it very clearly from our vantage point but we use this fact everyday in computers in the way that every electron popping into and out of existence tracks with its counterpart where ever that counterpart is any where in all of the universe. That is how a computer works. Change the charge of electron 'a' and electron 'b' will instantly change its charge and the gate is open and the computer works. It is called electricity.
Now out of all this comes String Theory (look this up) which says that atoms have no intrinsic characteristics by themselves. All properties of everything we know in the universe are generated by atoms vibrating at different frequencies and with different numbers of them around the nucleus.(This is the periodic table and note most elements are spontaneously decaying and losing electrons.
So red is merely matter vibrating at a frequency we perceive as red.
Change the frequency and red becomes blue. Change the vibrations of the atoms in a cat and the cat is dead. Change the vibrations back and the cat is alive; we know this is true because the cat is made up of atoms, true?
Thus simply stated all existence is potentiality, and probabilities and this comes into and out of existence routinely on a potentiality basis. Now add to these factors one more: "M" theory or Membrane theory. This idea is a progression, from quantum theory and initially stated that there were many dimensions, more than three or even four.
After much theoretical wresting these folks decided there are 11 dimensions, because the math worked. But the implications of all this grew very quickly because it also became apparent that how can these 11 dimensions exist in the same time and space? Tricky huh? Well, the answer is that they exist side by side often just centimeters apart. We may have whole other dimensions and membranes floating in our same time and space, such membranes containing entire universes floating in the great nether.
Contemplate that for a moment. A parallel universe may be centimeters from my face and I cannot perceive it. This theory explains the relative weakness of gravity (I can lift my arm and defy the entire pull of planet earth. Why? Because there is a parallel membrane universe centimeters away and, in fact, our gravity in this membrane universe in the "residual" gravity from that one explaining its weakness in our membrane universe. Further, if two of these universe membranes collide, this would explain the big bang, the volatility of our universe, things popping in and out, etc. My how theory can bake a beautiful cake. And this is all consistent with Einsteinian views.
Let's take a concrete example of membrane theory . Fish swimming below the surface of the ocean live in one universe but fish-world is separated from our world by a thin membrane called the surface of the ocean. The fish are not aware of the air-breathing world yet both exist in the same time and space. Simple. So I will give you a moment to catch your breath to see if you buy into all of this.
All of this can be very confusing, but I promise you that people believe this enough to put billions in the Hadron Collider in Switzerland.
Humm, if all everything does exist simultaneously and we move between these existences, it explains why my Physics professor was so weird. He definitely was not from this planet.
But more profoundly it explains how I can create this very poem from my very own future where it already existed. And more I can access all of my various selves, past, present and future and use the skills I did, have, now have and will have in my future. It may be that in a parallel membrane universe existing right now inches from my face, ideas can hop back and forth between myself and my other poet self in an adjoining universe. So we can have our Einstein and eat it too.
This, by the way is the way of Buddha who says this exact same thing. Buddha says we can access all of these states of mind through meditation. It is Indian theology as well. There is the world of the unseen and mystical. And in existing we pridefully demand
to be able to understand it but that is an impossible dream. We are formed by this universe and are not equipped to sense or really interact with these other worlds. We can only go on faith or test the boundaries which is what the Hadron experiment is doing, literally looking to interact with another parallel universe through particle explosions initiated at the speed of light where these particles disappear; the presumption is that they, like gravity, have gone to that close-by universe.
And in the end no one has an answer to the unknowable question who or what started all this, and more importantly who or what maintains it.
Faith becomes the admission we ain't that smart to know that answer and will never be smart enough to know these answers. Both religious people and scientists now agree on this point.
Well, the more things change, the more it seems like that what we are all saying is the same.
Got to go.
Time for a little meditation.
New update: April 5th 2015 -Einstein
Now if, as I am fond of saying, things literally pop in and out of existence, how then does this exactly work? Now keep in mind this is no random problem. Billions have been spent, and billions more, at Cern in the Hadron Collider to answer this question.
Let's take an example of how this works;
We exist in a dimension like the surface of an ocean. The surface of that ocean, as Einstein said, is the fabric of space-time. The surface separates the water world from the air world, and both exist in the same time-space but are unaware of each other. Fish don't know we exist and in our example, we don't know the fish world exists. At the intersection of these two dimensions (there can be many--up to eleven dimensions) the surface has little waves which pop up onto the air world and then fall back down into the water world. The surface forms the boundary between the two dimensions and we are seeing that indeed, water is composed of part oxygen and evaporation occurs at that surface and therefore there are exchanges between the two worlds. Now in membrane theory, (see above) the idea is that this is precisely the case between our universe and another "membrane" universe abutting our own. This explains the weak gravitational force, (gravity here is reduced because gravity is actually coming from an abutting larger universe, hence by the time it reaches our universe it is weaker. It explains why I can lift my arm and defy the entire gravitational pull of the earth. Gravity is very weak in our universe for the reason stated above.
So far so good.
Now just as our world has more to it than water and air our universe model has more to it than just two membranes. (Note that collisions between membranes, in this view, caused the big bang.)
But we have bigger fish to fry here. We want to know the nature of dark matter and dark energy. We now know that in our universe only 4% of the universe is accounted for in what we are able to see. There is no question what so ever that dark matters exists. We can't see it but we have measured its effects. The same is true for dark energy. It rules the universe of the stars but we want to know it's role as well on the sub-atomic level.
Stay with me now. The unseen medium in which dark energy and matter exists we shall call Ether, the unseen. It is all around us yet invisible. The search is on for this ether or particle at Cern where such a particle is called the 'gravitron" and/or the Higgs Boson. Why all the fuss?
Well to discover such a particle is to discover how mass comes into being and hence the interplay between mass and energy that Einstein describes. We want to know what imbues mass to objects.(Notice we have come full circle here)
But even more importantly a discovery of this particle will have implications way beyond physics. Here is my view..
1-A discovery would mean that the world of the unseen and the not directly detectable exists. Humans may simply be unequipped to see or directly experience 96% of the universe. The unseen and the unknowable is, therefore, most of the world and our universe. What is the nature of this unseen?
2-No one knows who or what created this huge mechanism.
3-The existence of other universes means the potential for other life forms beyond our comprehension.
4- Popping in and out our universe means that our universe has a basic instability to it. It is mere "potential" as quantum physics discovered. We are constantly interacting with other universes and therefore our universe is constantly changing. It is analogous to the latest gene theory where genes are now seen as merely starting points for the human being but malleable and can be changed by interaction with the environment. They are not immutable, and unchanging.
5-Finally, such a description of the universe would explain some of the greatest mysteries of all- a. how can all particles in the universe be in touch with every other particle in the universe regardless of time and distance b. how can a particle be in two places at the exact same time c. how can the universe at every level be in touch with itself at every level, the sub-atomic and the galaxy level?
The answer takes us back to Mr. E who stated that time-space is a fabric. So if I tug on a piece of fabric on one end, the other end of that piece of fabric moves from my tug on this end of it. Now imagine the fabric in question is our universe floating in space as a thin membrane where a tug at one end of it, no matter how slight, now matter what size and what is produced is a reaction at the other end of the universe. Time-space is a fabric.
Once again we can now have our Einstein cake and eat it too.
April 7, 2015 Einstein
Now, here I take another theoretical leap. Suppose what we have here are two membrane universes which have not only collided but merged-- and are now passing through one another. The larger more dominant universe-membrane is invisible to us yet affects us. This idea would solve a lot of theoretical problems:
1-It is the source of the gravity problem described above.
2-It is the dark matter and dark energy sought by so many
3-A merged universe membrane idea with each universe having its own differing physical laws explains mysteries such as black holes etc. and why one is is not detectable by the other.This is the source of dark matter and dark energy as well.
4-A larger, merged passing-through universe in the 11th dimension partially explains the space-time fabric issues. Space-time is a fabric because it is being tugged and pulled by another invisible universe and both membranes have ripples in them, thereby creating clumps of matter which we call galaxies.
5- A last point, how can the universe be constantly expanding and growing, yet remain in touch with itself at all points in space and time at the same time. Answer: This is a characteristic of a living organism. So next time: Is the universe alive" Is it a living organism? One man says so.
April 8. 2015
Well the idea that everything in the world and in the universe is alive isnot exactly a new idea. Animists, new age people, Buddhists, and many others have proclaimed the existence of a spirit world. Even Christians believe in constructs like "the holy ghost." The soul itself is not material. Therefore, the idea is not new. The new startling idea, for me, is that undetected, there might be particles that are in touch with one another just as cells in the human body are in touch with one another, because they are part of the same living being.
Think for a moment on this. If true it would explain how space can be created. Cells create "space" by their very growth. We can argue all cells in the body are in touch via signals from the brain and even such cells are also in touch with the external environment, (the eye cell for example) As the Buddha says we see miracles everyday and do not understand or recognize them as such.
Therefore, the question is what if the universe is a living organism and exists as Nietzsche says "exists only in the mind of God?" Such a conclusion, would, therefore, not be entirely new. What would be new is its application to physics and it surely would have implications for religions of all stripes. If the universe is alive then who is that alive entity we are part of?The concept of God enters the conversation with pardon the pun-a big bang. More tomorrow.
April 9. 2015 -Einstein
Of course, such a God by definition will likely not be comprehensible by us, especially given the premise that such an entity is part of another parallel universe, of which we are just a tiny cell in the celestial body. Do cells in the human body comprehend the human whole? Likely not. And likely will not ever.
Therefore, we as human beings, will likely never comprehend God or what ever entity, and must live a life of being affected but never truly understanding. We are likely in a position of getting hints by tinkering at boundary of our ability to comprehend and that larger world beyond us.
Of course, all religions since the period of Greek and Roman Gods, make this exact claim. God is other and not of this world and not comprehendable. The implications of this are many:
1-If God is not comprehendable then what do we do with those who claim special knowledge of God's nature and intents?
2- If the premise is true, then, we are limited in how far and how much our intellect can be useful in the enterprise to understand God. We will fail. If so what is to be the resolution of failure itself? Do we abandon interest since the attempt is futile? Do we fill in the gaps of our capabilities with "faith" or some other means? Do we retreat to simplistic materialism--that is believe only in what we can see, smell, touch or taste or otherwise comprehend. Will this be our new God? It has been in the past in many cultures.
3- Do we enshrine the attempt at understanding even though it might fail in its ultimate goal--understanding the divine? Do we like Socrates enshrine the question, rather that the answer?
4- Finally do we have any real choice in all of this? Human-kind is the striving animal and will not stop in its quests for understanding. So there is no real choice. Since striving is not a question, then failure as well is not a deterrence. We are the animal that follows its nature like all other animals do.
But what does this have to do with literature?
April 14, 2015 Einstein and Literature
The capacity for literature depends that capacity which combines consciousness, imgaination, idea and ideology formation, and the physical brain's interation with itself and its environment. The capacity to form an idea is of course, related to the physical brain in that it too is formed of these same atoms we have described as popping in and out of existence, as having the capacity to be in two places at the same time, and as having the capacity to have two electrons in contact with one another across the known universe.
These elements must also now be seen as existing in an muliti-verse environment where many many variations of the writer may exist. This is so if you believe the physical experimenters at Cern. Therefore, ideas may exist not merely in the individual but among a number of individuals sharing ideas across the universe barriers, all of this existing in a mileu where 96% of the universe is dark matter and energy and virtually unknown.
It is singularly anomalous that the main driver in human history, the idea, is unknown in its origins and functionings in the new physics. Literature here becomes mystery.
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