Time redux

Since I’m making a fool of myself, might as well be thorough and go full moron, the only rep I’m blowing up is mine.

               Another favorite thought experiment of mine is about the nature of time. It’s a very stimulating, fascinating concept, time. And I like to think, ignoring rules and pondering every little bit that comes to mind, no matter how wrong they can be. Also, I tackle things in reverse, asking questions like: what would have to be true for us to get this result? The current topic? Time – what would have to be true of time in order to have space expanding slower than we’re currently seeing? And since there’s no rules for thought experiments, I’d like to imagine time as the natural progression of space. If space is expanding, it is expanding into something and that something is time. If I think of time as an extra dimension of space, it’s better if we consider the 3D space a holographic image of a 2D sheet of rubber – I’m just saying this to make it easier to visualize the arrow of time, because it’s convenient and not because of the holographic principle that’s been making waves the last few years. So space without time is static, time can go faster or slower so space can expand faster or slower. What manages that speed of expansion? Like a kid, I’d say mass. The bigger the mass, the slower time flies around it, creating the sort of temporal drag on local space. No, I don’t mean mass influences time – because that would mean objects with big mass would dissapear from time – I just mean mass slows the expansion of localized space. It’s easier if we look at it as if it were a contained system. Local time slows down, local space expands slower – but outside the system space expands in time just like always.

               So if time is the dimension in which space expands, it’s easy to make an uneducated guess on what would happen if we measured the galactic color change outside a big clump of localized mass – inside a rather empty part of the universe – it would seem to an outside observer that space is expanding slower – because the drag exerted by mass locally inside a galaxy makes the … aww hell.. Let’s go back to the 2d sheet model. If we have a large piece of rubber with several really heavy stones on it (galaxies, stars, and so on), we could assume it’s the space model without the dimension of time. If we stretch it, those parts of the rubber that have no stones on them would expand faster than those parts covered by the heavy stones. Those stones represent a force slowing the expansion of the rubber. So the point goes, by this analogy, time flows the same but the expansion of space is slower around concentrated pockets of mass. Locally, if we think of time as a dimension, it would appear that time is slower around the mass. Unfortunately, to expand the fabric of space in the time dimension would mean there was a force in that time dimension that generated the expansion – and also that mass, by creating gravity, can only have a localized effect on time. So, in other words, if we’re to measure the speed of galaxies outside a gravitational well we might find their speed is different from what we measured inside the gravitational well.

Thought experiment

               I always wanted to do some experimenting on the fringes of quantum theory and there’s nothing more fun than looking at Young’s double slit experiment in a new way. So here goes, let’s brainstorm. Let’s forget math for a minute and think for a minute at the experiment’s result – it appears that by shooting particles one at a time (photon, electron, you name it) in that scenario the result points as if the particle interacts with itself. How is that even possible? No idea, so let’s backtrack a bit,  starting over like a kid deconstructing a sci-fi movie, no math, no inhibitions and full drive. Continue reading

Adulthood

               For the first time in a long time, I’m alone with my thoughts. My wife’s out chasing bad guys for a few days, my son’s a few hundred miles away visiting my parents and I’ve come home from work only to find myself in an empty house. It’s so bloody empty I can actually hear my own thoughts. Damn the silence. I miss them so very much. I’m sitting here, half drunk, and this reality hits me like a sledgehammer. I’m a father. I’m a husband. I’m an adult. Continue reading

Succeeding at the wrong things

               This here piece of my mind only works if you’re old enough. How old? Beats me, I can’t say. I’ve been saying for some time now success is achievable only if you’ve got enough willpower or you’re stubborn enough to ignore everybody else. Why? Take a good look around, what’s the most common defining characteristic of people? It’s not stupidity because facts don’t support that theory, it’s not genes because there’s too much evidence pointing at the exact opposite, and it’s not the social class you were born in because … well … evidence again. It’s people believing in luck, people resigned to the idea that success is not a consequence of what you do. Continue reading

Greece escapes, again. Experts baffled

               I find it quite amusing to read all the catastrophic headlines appearing on my news feeds, telly or old-fashion gossip, I really do. We have to realize something, though, this Greek business is a misleading event – it’s not new, it has happened before and more importantly it can be analyzed from another angle in another setting. You know, sort of like in 2008? Too big to fail sound familiar? Continue reading