Archive for September, 2007

Time, space and vision

Human understanding of certain basic phenomena is still far from being accurate. For instance we define time as an interval between two consecutive events. We define space as presence of infinite 3 dimensional points. Similarly our understanding of vision is defined as our brains ability to convert light captured by our eyes into images. The problem with this scenario is that humans become passive instead of active in acquiring vision and understanding. It also suggests that humans have to rely on light to form an image of their surroundings. If this scenario is true then a blind person should have no real understanding of things resulting in lower intellect. It also imposes physical limitations on our ability to see based on the ability of our eyes. But is this really the situation. Is our ability to form a vision or see things dependent upon light reaching our eyes? Or can we become active in forming a vision? In order for us to understand truth we have to have clear understanding of time, space and vision.

 

In the universe extending in front of us there are stars that are at distances of lunar years away. This means that the light emitted by those stars take years to reach us. This means that by the time we see the light from those stars they have already traveled into future. Imagine that a star is 2 light years away from earth and you decide to go to a space station that is midway. Considering the definition of time based on light you can actually see the events happened 1 year in the past on earth as well as events 1 year into the future on the distant star relative to people living on earth. If we consider the above phenomena of time to be true then it means that the whole universe is experiencing different times in relation to each other or in other words universe is experiencing chaos instead of unity.

In the above phenomena in order for us to see a star the light from that star has to reach our eyes for us to experience that vision. On the other hand a radar which is a man made device emits waves to locate an object in space. The basic principle behind radar is simple – extremely short bursts of radio energy (traveling at the speed of light) are transmitted, reflected off a target and then returned as an echo. This means that Radar is an active device. It utilizes its own radio energy to detect and track the target. It does not depend on energy radiated by the target itself. Radar needs a battery or an energy source to create those radio waves. If radar can work as an active device to form a vision then why is it not possible that human as empowered beings can also form a vision as an active participant in the universe instead of relying on light to define the vision for them? It is possible that eyes not only work as recipient of rays of light to enable a vision but also works as emitters of waves to form a vision of an event.

 If time could be liberated from dependence on light then the chaos of universe resulting from it can be eliminated and the universe can achieve unity. In this situation at a given moment in time whole universe will experience the same event rather than different events in relation to each other. In this phenomena space is not fixed rather dynamic to help form a unity of universe. In this phenomenon humans can traverse the whole distance between stars in a moment by relying on their abilities as active beings rather than staying passive and waiting for light to reach their eyes.

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Why time machine can not be built?

All of us fantasize about either going back in time to become part of past historical event or go forward into the future to see what lie ahead. Since we do not have a mode of transportation to achieve any of these feasts we rely on historians and archeologists to learn about the past as well as seek fortune tellers to know about the future. But in both these cases we are never satisfied with what learn as it is difficult to arrive at an absolute truth.

In a literal sense time is defined as an interval between two events. So in order to understand fully a particular moment in time we have to have complete knowledge of the two events. In cosmological sense an event is not just actions of an individual but rather the collection of all events that are happening simultaneously at that particular moment in time; whether it is turning of the earth, the circulation of electron, the blowing of the air or swimming of the fish in sea. Unless we can reproduce all these trillions of events that formed that moment we can not relive that moment.

Going back in time is not a function of speed of light as has been presented in some conventional scientific theories. Light in itself is an event in the long chain of events happening in nature. If we consider Nature as a complex system of events taking place then the event of light is one of the important events to keep this balance.

The prediction of future is also as uncertain as past because the course of future events depends on the creative input of living creatures into the non-living but dynamic nature. The term living here implies an organic element that has the capability to be creative that includes all animals, insects, plants and human. Humans evolve by learning the true essence of nature while other living beings evolve by adjusting to the moment thereby altering their genealogy to adjust to the changing nature of the universe.

The creativity of humans interacting with nature can produce an incalculable combination of future moments. Mathematically it is a factorial with the power n which is an impossibility to calculate in order to predict a future event. As the population on the earth rises the combination of future events also multiply as many times making it even more difficult to predict.

Let us try to understand that through an example. Suppose we are all riding a car that is traveling on the road of time. The person sitting on the back seat takes out a binocular and tries to look behind. Suppose the binocular is emitting illuminating rays that are traveling faster than the speed of light. In this scenario according to the conventional theory of time machine, based on Einstein’s theory of relativity, the person should be able to see the events happened in the past up to the difference in speeds between the speed of illuminating rays and speed of light. On the other hand suppose that the person sitting in the front of the car takes out the same binocular and looks ahead using the illuminating rays faster than the speed of light. In this case he should be able to see an event in the future equal to the speed difference of the two.

Now let’s consider another situation. All of us have heard of stars in the galaxies that are lunar years away from us. Let’s suppose there is a star that is located 20 lunar years away from earth. This means that when we see the light from that star it is already 20 lunar years ahead of us in serial time. Or in other words that star is already in the future by the time it becomes part of our perception through seeing its light. In the same situation lets suppose at a particular moment in time there are two people standing at the two stars. One is at earth while the other person is at the star situated 20 lunar years away from us. Also consider that the distance between earth and the far away star is constant. In that situation when both these people see light from each other they are living the same moment although they are 20 lunar years apart. Or in other words there is no time difference according to the theory of relativity.

From the scientific research we know that the universe is expanding. This means that the rays from each star have to travel faster than the speed of expansion to actually reach the people looking at each other on the two stars.

In most theories of time machine it is considered that one person or a group of people travels backward or forward. But an event occurred at any moment is a cumulative sum of all activity happening in the universe including all living and non-living organisms. So in order to get back to a past moment we have to move the whole universe back into that moment. If we are actually able to carry a person back to the past then we will be adding another entity to an existing moment. This will create an unbalance in the universe as that particular moment has already achieved its balance. To remove that imbalance we would have to gain control of the whole universe which we don’t know how to achieve.

But our philosophy here is that a moment in time is a synchronize event of everything in the universe. If we take out one thing we take out the whole. In this scenario we can not be sure of the destiny or a pre-existing future. Let us get back into our car again and drive to the future. But since all of us have equal rights which means that all 6 billion people as well as all other living creatures have equal say in which direction the car can go. This confronts us again at the mathematical list of possibilities of n factorial. This means that there are infinite directions in space in which we can drive our car. The beauty of the creation is that all of us can do our own thing but in the wider scheme of things it becomes part of a big decision which ultimately decides the direction of the car to drive to.

The other thing to remember in the situation of a distant star is that our perception does not reside in the eye but the mind. Eye is just a sensor that detects light but it is the mind that sees. Do we actually see the star because its light struck our eyes or we actually see it because the flight of the mind has traveled with a much higher speed than light to see the star?

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