Time Theory

My favorite genre of pretty much anything (books, movies, TV shows, etc.) is science fiction, which shouldn’t be a surprise, considering the subject of this blog. I particularly enjoy the ones in which time travel is a main theme.  However, every time I watch anything with time travel, I just try to accept its theory of time travel, because there are so many theories, and they all have problems.  So I was talking about this to a friend, and he encouraged me to make my own time theory, so that is what I am doing.  This is by no means set in stone for me, and I would love to talk about it in the forums.

The first order of business would be paradoxes. This is dangerous ground to tread, because they cannot exist, but time is not an entity than can prevent them.  So what do we do?  Well, let’s think about time as a set of dimensions. It is common to think of time as a fourth dimension, but what I am suggesting is, if only for argument’s sake, to think of it as a fourth and fifth dimension, so that basically, time has its own “timeline.” Every time a paradox is created, a change is made in time, and it moves time a little further along its timeline.

Another way to think of this is that every time a paradox is created, an alternate universe is created for that paradox to happen in. If this is the case, if a paradox creates a parallel universe, which universe does the creator of the paradox end up in? Well, the time traveler left his spot in time and moved to a different spot. If he then travels to the future, it will be his future that he travels to, which would be the future of whatever universe/dimension he leaves to go to the future. Thus, if he makes any changes to the future while he is in the past, his future will contain the effects of those changes. Therefore, if the time traveler creates a paradox, he is stuck in the version of the universe with that paradox. Following this line of reasoning, since the very existence of a time traveler in the his own past inherently makes some changes, however minute, to the world the time traveler left, it would be impossible to return to the exact universe you left. You might return to the same spot in your life, and you might not even notice any changes, but you would not be the same you your friends knew. As far as the world around you is concerned, a version of you left, and a version of you may or may not have come back, depending on the extent to which you changed the past, but the you that came back is slightly different from the one you left. Another facet of this is that there will be some versions of reality that have multiple copies of a certain time traveler (because the time traveler’s adventures in the past caused his future version to never time travel, thus leaving two copies of the same person in the universe) and other versions in which the time traveler left and never came back (because no version of the time traveler changed the past of this version of the time traveler to cause him to leave, thus the time traveler essentially dies to his family and friends when he leaves for the past.

There are a few fascinating things to note about this hypothesis:

  1. Each universe would be either
    1. full of perceived paradoxes, because the people who caused the paradoxes would be from a different version of the universe, so the paradox actually contradicts nothing, or
    2. completely devoid of paradoxes, but full of random people appearing out of nowhere. I am not sure which of these would happen
  2. Circular reasoning within time (going back in time and causing yourself to go back in time and cause yourself to go back in time, etc) is no longer a paradox, because every time you go back in time you enter a different universe. What would likely happen is that each iteration of time travel would produce a slightly different result, until the apparent circle reveals itself as a tight spiral within the overall timeline of time.
  3. Time travel would be very dangerous: not for you, but for those who know you. Depending on the history of your universe (whether there was a version of you that entered in the past who left his present under similar circumstances as you), you may or may not come back to those who care about you. Also, depending on how much you change (and/or how much the other version of you that entered your past changed) in the past, the friends that you come back to will be different than the ones you left (or the version of you that comes back to your friends will be different than the one that left)
  4. The existence of each new version of the timeline is dependent upon each previous iteration of the timeline, because if the “creator” timeline had been different, the created timeline would have been proportionally different. This reasoning is valid for each version of the timeline, either until the version of the timeline God originally created, or ad infinitum, depending on your worldview. Thus, because each version of time is connected to the previous in a continuous stream of timelines, it can be said that the timeline is actually experiencing change.

Now, change is relative. Any time something changes, it is changing relative to something. When a top is spinning, it is spinning relative to the things around it, but nothing on the top is changing relative to itself. All change, however, can be described relative to a fixed idea called a dimension.  A bead on a string can move along the string, but nowhere else, so it can move in one dimension.  A figure on a screen can move up and down or side to side on the screen, but it can’t reach out of the screen, because it can only operate in two dimensions. We can move up and down, side to side, and backwards and forwards, because we have three dimensions. But change as a concept makes no sense whatsoever aside from the context of time. This hypothesis postulates that the very context that makes sense of change is changing, but for that to make sense, it must change within a time-like dimension of its own. Thus, time actually experiences time! If we could travel between the versions of time and change them, the entire timeline of time would be changed, so we know that the time that time experiences also experiences time. How far does this go? Are there an infinite number of dimensions? Another way to put this is that the bead on the string can move on the string, but the entire string can move back and forth on a piece of paper.  The figure on the screen can only move on the screen, but the screen can move towards and away from you.  So you can move in space, and space moves in time.  So each successive dimension is like a time for the last dimension. So if space moves in time, what dimension does time move in?  That may be a little harder to grasp, but I feel like it gives a better understanding of what is going on.

This brings up an interesting theological question. If there are infinite dimensions, how many dimensions does God have?  Or does he have dimensions at all? Or maybe he has all the dimensions. I don’t have any answers for this, but I would love to talk about it in the comments.

Finally, the worldview concept I touched on briefly, about whether time’s time had a beginning actually can be used in a proof for the existence of God, which I will be posting soon, so consider this a teaser for that.

Anyway, I hope this made sense. I started it several months ago and heavily edited it, but seeing how much I found to edit, there are probably still lots of errors.

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February Update and Science Video

As I am sure you noticed when you arrived at the site, I actually got some good work done on the website this month! Timothy Schutz, over at evergreenmediaproductions.com, created this cool header image (unfortunately I can’t figure out how to make it link to the home page anymore, due to certain things about how WordPress works, but I will be working on that), as well as a new logo that actually means something, and I have made some progress figuring out how to change the url. I am not done working on the website, but I have made a lot of progress, and I will try to get a real content post up this month. Until then, check out these two Smarter Every Day videos I found:

WARNING: The first video uses medical terminology to refer to Kangaroo reproductive organs

 

 

January Update and Science Video

Well, my prediction came true. I got no work done on this website this month, and barely kept up with family life. However, I was able to refresh myself (somewhat–I’m exhausted now), and I feel like I’m alive again. Also, this semester should, in theory, be easier on me than last semester. I will be working as much as possible, plus some school, but not much school, and the work will be in the evenings, so I can do school in the mornings, work in the evenings, and do website stuff in between. Because I will have less (and likely easier/more interesting) school, and will be working, I will likely feel more fulfilled and productive, which will make me more likely to get website stuff done instead of just taking naps, reading, playing games, and generally wasting my free time like I mostly did this semester.  All that is to say that I got nothing done this month, but I feel better, and should both get more done and continue to feel better next month.

Now, on to the fun stuff–this guy never disappoints. This video is from Thursday, and I got to watch it just a few minutes after he posted it. I think I put his original Prince Rupert’s Drop video in another update, but in case you don’t know what a Prince Rupert’s Drop is, or need a refresher, I put the original video below the new one (he also links to it in the new one before he goes into the main demonstration stuff). This thing is amazing. I should probably come up with some sort of science idea based on/inspired by it.

Anyway, happy new year, and God bless.

December Update and Science Video+Political Essay

School is drawing to a close, college applications are done, and family activities are in full swing (interfering with what school I have left and all the scholarships I need to apply for 🙂 ). I should start to have more time now. Should.

Due to the almost complete loss of compatibility with WordPress in the paid version, as well as other, independent rethinking of things, etc., I have given up on the idea of a forum for this website, and have come to terms with a simple “normal blog” style. I’m pretty sure you can only have one website at once in a free WordPress account, which causes a lot of problems with changing the url, so unless I can find a way to change just the base url, I will simply be changing the titles and stuff like that on this site to read “The Christian Theorist,” while leaving the actual domain as “6tscience.wordpress.com,” so nothing should change for you except the look of the website.

That is my task for December, and hopefully I will get a real post out in January (though it is more likely that I will fix up the site in January or February and get a real post out in February or March). Thanks for being patient with me through this floundering in the world of website development. If you want to see how far I got on the intended new website, go to thechristiantheorist.com

Meanwhile, here’s a fun tesla coil video from Smarter Every Day.

 

Also, I wrote a paper on abortion for school this week, and, at least within the boundaries of the assignment (I was given a specific paragraph map and I had to come up with a topic to fit it), I feel like I wrote a really good paper. If you feel like making suggestions, they would be much appreciated (I have to turn in the final draft on the 19th), but I’m just putting it here for your enjoyment. If you want, I can post some of my discussion board posts from the same class in my January update (more theological/political discourses off the top of my head, in roughly similar style to the science stuff I have on this site).

 

 

Infant Rights: The Forgotten Human Rights Movement

            Perhaps the most nobly intentioned movement of the modern era is the human rights movement. The Black Rights movement fought to ensure that the black man was treated as the equal of the white man, the Women’s Rights movement fought, and is still fighting, to ensure that women are treated as well as men, and the current Gay Rights movement is fighting to ensure equal treatment for LGBT people. All of these movements exist to ensure that the United States’ Declaration of Independence’s claim that “all men are created equal” is followed to its fullest extent. Far be it from us to treat anyone as less than ourselves. But in our fight for the rights of these minorities, we have forgotten one large group: the unborn. In 1857, a former prisoner from Salem named Paon made the famous statement that “your liberty ends where the liberty of others commences.” (Salem Register). This is the code on which all human rights movements are based, but it is one which has been violated in the case of the unborn.

The rallying cry of the abortion movement is that a woman should be able to choose what to do with her own body. I agree. But with Paon I say, “The woman’s liberty ends where the liberty of her baby begins.” No one would disagree with that. The trouble is that the baby is often not considered to be a human being. However, this position is inconsistent, for there are laws that explicitly state the personhood of the unborn. Take, for example, The Unborn Victims of Violence Act of 2004, which says, “Whoever…causes the death of, or bodily injury (as defined in section 1365) to, a child, who is in utero at the time the conduct takes place, is guilty of a separate offense [from any harm done to the mother].” (Congress.gov). Later, lest the definition of “child” be nitpicked into oblivion, the law specifically states that “the term ‘child in utero’…means a member of the species homo sapiens, at any stage of development, who is carried in the womb.” Unfortunately, this law is inconsistent in that while it defines a fetus as a person as quoted above, it explicitly excepts abortion from punishment as harming the baby. I heartily agree with the law that an unborn baby is a human, but if that is so, then the baby’s right to life should not be ignored in favor of the mother’s right to choose what happens to her body. The mother’s right to this ends where the baby’s right to life begins. If a baby is a human, abortion should fall under the same laws as killing any other human. As such, the vast majority of abortions, even in the case of rape and incest, would be undeniably considered 1st degree murder, for any abortion is undeniably premeditated. If the life of the mother is in danger, an abortion would immediately fall under the laws for self defense, and would be considered justifiable homicide.

None of this is disputed; however, many today would disagree with my assumption of the baby’s humanity, so why should it be made? The moment a human egg and sperm merge, they create a distinct new entity. The DNA this new entity carries is a unique set of human DNA at the moment of conception, and it is at that moment that, if the development goes successfully, it will become a SPECIFIC human. We can kill human eggs, and we can kill human sperm, because those are just individual cells from a human, and any combination of them into a new human is merely theoretical, but the instant they combine, that theoretical combination becomes reality, and the combination is a specific human, just at a very early stage in development. If the lack of development means it isn’t a person, then we could “abort” people all the way up until their last growth spurt, or at least puberty, because they are not fully developed, and therefore not a person. If the connection and dependence on another human means it isn’t a person, then we could “abort” fully grown Siamese twins, because they are both connected to and dependent on the other, and therefore neither is a person. Neither of these cases makes the least bit of sense, and in my opinion, neither does the argument that an unborn baby is not a person.

So if the humanity of a fetus is such common sense, why is it so common to think of it as non-human? Basically, it comes down to the efforts of Planned Parenthood. Margaret Sanger started Planned Parenthood to further her eugenicist efforts. Her views and those of her peers in this movement the eugenics movement contributed to the enactment of compulsory sterilization laws in 30 US states, which resulted in “more than 60,000 sterilizations of those people considered ‘feeble minded,’ ‘idiots’ and ‘morons’” (The Washington Times). While many, if not all, of today’s abortion advocates would recoil at the mere suggestion of eugenics, they are nevertheless continuing the eugenics movement, because they are operating off of the selective train of thought that has been fed to them from every area of their lives, including the ministry. The Washington Times cites Sanger as saying, “We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population, and the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members.”

            The rallying cry of the abortion movement is that humans should be allowed to make choices about their own bodies. I heartily agree. However, because they do not acknowledge the personhood of the fetus, they use this mantra to support abortion. I refuse to accept this, and say with Paon, “the right of the woman to make choices about her body ends where the right of the baby to make choices about its body begins.” There is no reason to treat infants as any less deserving of equality than Blacks, women, Hispanics, or Italians, and I invite you to join me in support of the new Human Rights movement: Infant Rights.

 

 

October/November Update and Science Video

I missed the October update, so I’ve got a bit of catching up to do.

I have gotten little work done on the website, for the same reason I missed the October update: school. It is likely that I will not get almost any work done on this website for the rest of the calendar year, but I will see what I can do. It is starting to look like I may just give up on the forums, and go back to the old, free WordPress, though with a new domain and some other new stuff, simply because the paid site loses so much of the simple WordPress compatibility, which is the entire reason I chose to use WordPress as my host.

 

 

September Update and Science Video

I am making progress! The new site is up and running, and I am working mainly on getting the forums operational and smoothing out a host of wrinkles that came with the “upgrade” to the paid plan. For some reason, the paid version took away nearly all compatibility with WordPress: there is no button I can put up so people can follow the site with their WP accounts, anything WP related is gone from the social media options, you have to have an account with my site specifically to use the forums as anything but a guest, etc, etc. There is a plugin that solves some of this, but not nearly all, so I am working with the person I mentioned in the July update to get those ironed out and see if I can’t retain all of the WP integration without giving up on the upgraded version, and, by extension, an in-site forum. School is starting in earnest for me, so I won’t be able to work on the site as much as before, but I am definitely starting to see some progress, and I’ve got several exciting idea concepts waiting for me to flesh them out in posts when the new site is up.

On a somewhat different note, I have decided to write a book. It is based on one of the ideas that I have sitting half written in my blog workspace document, so you should get a sneak peek at the idea behind it in a few weeks/months (hopefully weeks). I have no idea how to write a book, and my only attempt so far at creative writing was, quite frankly, pitiful. So, I am not good at creative writing, I have no idea how to write a book, and I don’t tend to be very creative at all (I know these science ideas I come up with appear very creative, but I would argue that at least most of them are just basic common sense, with perhaps a unique application), and yet I’m writing a book. This should be interesting… Due to school and other factors, I don’t plan to start on it at least until the end of the year, aside from notes and spontaneous inspiration, and I have no idea how it will progress past there, whether I will post updates on this site, make a new site for it, or virtually anything else about the future of this project, but I know the majority of you guys are writers, so I figured you would be interested to know about this.

By now you know this guy is really smart, so now you get to watch him act like a complete idiot to prove a point. And no, he wasn’t acting like an idiot on purpose. You’ll see what I mean:

 

 

Title: Final Decision

I still have somewhat mixed feelings about the title—it feels too simple, etc.—but I have decided on a title.

I can now secure a domain and proceed with the website upgrades and edits that I’ve been trying to do. Thank you all for your patience and support in this, and I will try to get the website in its (hopefully) final form (aside from minor edits in the future) by the end of next month.

I will also use this opportunity to ask for prayer. School is starting back, but I am struggling to get back into the school routine. I am taking several dual-enrollment courses, normal high school courses, starting karate, teaching Algebra II at a co-op, running this website, working on weekends, etc, etc. I have a very full schedule, lots of decisions weighing on me, normal life problems, specific personal struggles, and even depression (unrelated to current life, but very much exacerbated by it), and I am completely overwhelmed by it all. There are days when I can list five different major tasks I need to work on, but all I want to do is go back to sleep, even though I’m not tired. So, without going further into details, I would like to ask for prayer that I would be able to deal with it all, and not just hide myself in books, naps, computer activities, and work, and that God would give me peace.

Matter Follow-up

I recently got a really cool confirmation on my matter idea. A Korean family stayed at my house last week, and the dad was a theoretician. He teaches quantum physics at a university in South Korea, and was here on a research trip. I jumped at the chance to get an educated opinion on my ideas, and had him read my Ultramatter, Gravity Shield, and Matter ideas. He was ecstatic to find a student that actually cared about school, instead of just being in it for the grade and degree, and he gave me his email address so we could keep in touch and he could give his input on my other ideas as he reads them, but the most exciting part was his response to my matter idea. As soon as he read the main concept about matter being a vibration, he said, “How did you know…?”

Apparently, one of the main concepts of quantum physics is the idea that matter, in its most basic form, is a vibration. On the one hand it’s slightly disappointing that I did not think of it first, but on the other hand, this means I figured out quantum physics (or at least part of it), which, needless to say, is really encouraging. One of my ideas was actually correct, at least to an extent! The Korean dad pointed me to the Grand Unity Theory, which is one of various Unified Field Theories, which attempt to explain all aspects of the universe except for gravity in terms of one field. I tried to read up about it, but it required too much back knowledge and would have taken way too long to research about it, but apparently it theorizes that matter in its most basic form is a vibration. My theory would be a Theory of Everything, because it includes gravity in the things it explains in terms of one field, and Scientists are ultimately hoping to come up with a Theory of Everything, but so far the only theories that are deemed plausible have been Unified Field Theories.

Titles

Here are the titles I have come up with so far. Any one of them could probably be vastly improved along the same lines, but these are the main ideas, and the examples give you an idea of what I’m looking for. I’d prefer a reference to God being the reason for science, but I couldn’t find a quote that would work, and I couldn’t remember the ones I’ve seen in the past. Which would you like to see as my new title? Do you have suggestions of your own? I’ve added a poll at the end of this post whose results will weigh rather heavily in my decision.

The Friend of Truth

“Plato is my friend, Aristotle is my friend, but my greatest friend is truth.” –Newton

Playing on the beach of the ocean of truth

“I do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the sea-shore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me” –Newton

The image of Truth

“Science is but an image of the truth” –Francis Bacon

Mirror of Truth

“There are two ways of spreading light—to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it” –Francis Bacon

August Update and Science Video

I did no website work this month, but it was by no means an unproductive month. As some of you know, this was National Novel Writing Month, and Gabrielle at Write for the King used the month to go back over her novel and edit it. I am editing it for her, so this meant, in large part, incorporating my edits, but I had not finished them. So this month was spent exclusively on finishing the edits on her book. However, that has been the biggest competition for website work, so now that I am finished with that, I will have more time to devote to finishing this website. So here are my goals for this month:

  1. Decide on a new website name
  2. Purchase a domain in accordance with that name
  3. Get the forum set up

I really can’t project much further. I won’t likely get much website work done, because school will be starting back, and I will be doing several dual enrollment courses, teaching, working, and a few normal homeschool courses, but I should be able to work with the person who is helping me with the website to at least learn how to operate it all better.

I have some website name ideas, and I will try to get a post out about that soon, and I would really appreciate any feedback you can give me. I hope to base it on a quote from a Christian scientist about the linkage between God and Science.

In the meantime, I will leave you with one of my favorite Smarter Every Day videos to chew on.