Wednesday, January 6, 2010

TGIF Part 5: Time

The Kovachi Temporal Gravitational Interlacing Force (TGIF) Grand Unification Theory
Part 5: Time

Let's take a look at time. What we understand about time is limited to three basic suppositions. First, we can only observe it flowing in one direction. Two, it’s perceived passage is tied firmly to the speed of light. Three, it appears as an unstoppable force that is the backbone of our universe. Not a lot to go on.
We understand that the universe is so vast that the further away we look, the further back in time we see because the speed of light isn’t instantaneous. We can’t reach the outer edge of the universe with our telescopes. Yet, quantum entanglement says a subatomic particle can communicate instantaneously across the galaxy with its twin. How can a proton cross the galaxy in a spliced second when a massless photon of light would take years to get there?
How is that possible? General relativity dictates that as you approach the speed of light, time observed outside your craft appears to slow down and space within is compacted. However, inside the craft, light still travels at a constant velocity. Take a look at those spiral galaxies through Hubble. They appear pinwheeled in shape from whipping around but have yet to show much progress in the span of human observation. It is conjectured that they might take a billion years to go around once.
We define a year as the time it takes the Earth to rotate around our sun. But that isn't the only motion and velocity we experience. The Earth spins on it's axis, it sails around the sun, the sun revolves in our local star group, the stars move with the galactic arm and the galaxy circles with the local galaxy group as we all zip away from the center of the big bang. We may feel like we’re standing still but actually we’re moving at a pace that would dazzle Zefram Cochrane. No wonder the galaxies look like they stand still. We’re observing them from a very fast moving object which makes all outside observations appear to slow down. What if you suddenly flew off the planet, off the galactic plane and out into slow, deep space where motion really did stand still. Would you be able to observe the galaxies actually whirling around?
We peg the age of the universe at fourteen billion ‘years’ old. With all the stars and gasses and expansion and rebirth of stars that live for billions of years, you’d think the whole system to be older than it is. But that’s only an outside observation. In fact, standard model physicists wonder how the universe could have come to be where it is in so short a period of time and created a theory called inflation which postulates that during the first microseconds of the big bang, the whole works blew up to as big as it is now and then suddenly slowed down as it reached its current size for the rest of its 14 billion year span. That’s a very earthbound theory. Objectively, who says it slowed down? The thing may appear to be standing still while we whip around like a double Ferris wheel on steroids. We say a billion years like it means something measurable outside the spinning of this sphere at this time in this solar system.
Unfortunately, inflation, like dark matter, may or may not be a convenient add-on tool but it begs the question of whether our reality is a metaphor for the mathematical equations or are the equations a metaphor for our reality. Rather than alter the basic perception of the formula, the timid physicist screws gadgets and glues appendages onto the sides to keep it alive.

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