I am no nuclear physicist. I tread lightly here. But something has been troubling me for a long time, and I want to put it into the universe: I believe we have missed something about gravity, distance, speed, and time.With as much humility as I can possibly put forth, I welcome any quick (hopefully painless) attacks on what I am about to say.
As much as I will be ridiculed: I believe there may be no dimension of space-time at the quantum level. Atoms exist, absent of time and space. This would explain the apparent duality of the double-slit experiment. It would also explain entanglement — Einstein’s “spooky action at a distance.”
My ceiling fan is spinning above my head. We would describe one of the blades on that fan as having a universal speed in time and space. In other words, the fan blade is moving at, say, 20 km/h through space and time. But that isn’t really accurate.
Speed is measured as:
s = d/t
The hub of the fan travels a significantly shorter distance than the outer edge of the blade, in the same amount of time. Clearly, the outer edge is traveling faster than the hub. And with that, it seems you could legitimately claim that with each unit of distance you move outward — away from the hub — each subsequent part of the blade is moving slightly faster.
This troubles me for many reasons, but the main one is that scientists struggle with an explanation for the amount of gravitational force in our universe — ascribing it to a mysterious and yet unexplained substance called (appropriately enough) “dark matter.”
Without going too much deeper, I’m just going to say that I suspect the answer to this mysterious gravitation phenomenon is going to lie in the relationships between gravity, distance, speed, and time. I know that sounds absurdly obvious, but I believe we’re going to have to reconcile the fact that the outer edge of a galaxy spins much faster than its core, and I don’t think it has anything to do with so-called “dark matter.” I believe there is a simpler, much more elegant explanation, and it will provide us with elusive answers throughout physics.
Think about the implications of my ceiling fan illustration, above. Using Einstein’s theories, we could surmise that time for an observer on the surface of the earth (for instance) would age much slower than an observer at the earth’s core — who is traveling significantly slower through space and time, as the earth rotates on its axis. Now extend that to our galaxy.
If I had enough time, I would pursue a career in nuclear or astrophysics. But I do not. So I’ll have to leave it here. I do believe, however, there is something about making time a constant in the equation, and building from there. It seems to me, if we were able to do that, then the rest would follow. It’s something about Einstein’s “spooky action at a distance”… something about being in two places at one time — separated by billions of light years.
In short, something tells me it’s not the distance, or the speed, but something in between. There is a constant we have missed.
These are the musings of an untrained mind. I’m certain people much smarter than me have already been down this path.
EDIT 11/29/15: it has occurred to me — after obsessing over this train of thought for weeks — that perhaps I can go farther with it. It’s this idea that there is no time at the quantum level.
It seems akin to what I’ve called “suchness” in my work — or what the Taoists and the Buddhist sometimes refer to as “nothingness.”
What if the absence of time at the quantum level is somehow quasi-static. What I mean to say is, what if everything exists at one single instant — all of it — with no thought of time. From the big bang, all the way to the end… whatever that means!
This is similar to the idea I believe Feynman came up with — that the universe only has one, solitary electron. The theory isn’t accepted at all, but it’s an interesting thought experiment; that this single electron has no place in time — and that everything shares it. So instead of the innumerable electrons we use to describe the atoms in our universe, there is only one — being shared by all those atoms. But because it has no dimension of time, it appears everywhere at once.
Another way: everything that has ever happened in our temporal perspective, and everything that will happen in the future (again from the same perspective) simply just is at the quantum level.
What if it all just came into being in one instant — with no time. It’s hard to describe, because I want so badly to say, “What if it all came into being instantly, at one point in time!” But it would be more accurate to say simply, “one point.”
If this were the correct path, then the double-slit experiment would be explicable; simply, the photons would not respect “time” as we know it, and they would act in unison, as waves — that is, reacting to one another as part of a wave. They would exist simultaneously. So why not act that way?
But to us, in our macro-physical world, time is a dimension — a construct we have developed through our evolution, for some reason. And too explain… what? Movement? That’s not quite right.
I feel like I’ve touched something important, but I just can’t get there.