Registered: Dec 2003
My project summary for FQxi grant
Here's the info on the grant:
In case anyone would like to comment on my project, here is the summary I will be including with my application:
It is not very well known that in the Principia Newton states "it will be helpful to distinguish time into absolute and relative... relative time, of its own nature, is a measurement of duration by the means of motion."
Unlike conventional research, which considers only a single Nature of Time, my "quantum monadology" does identify multiple Natures of Time, following a tradition going back to antiquity. Relative time is a measurement, a shadow on the wall in Plato's Cave, while Absolute time is outside the cave.
To achieve this mathematically, following the hints left by Leibniz, the idea is to create a computer world populated by monads. Monads represent "absolute matter", and are distinguished from "relative matter", such as physical particles, atoms, molecules and macroscopic objects.
Relative matter, relative space, and relative time aren't directly declared in the computer model.
Instead, they are indirectly recovered as an emergent consequence of monads that are interacting in such a way as to make measurements of their computer world.
If a group of monads is acting with such complexity that it measures other groups monads in the computer world, then the measurements exist as a secondary set of relational information inside the primary information defining the computer model.
The emergent secondary set of relational information, measurements of the computer world made from inside the computer world itself, is a model within a model where you will find relative matter, relative space, and relative time.
Is relative time an illusion?
Relative time a measurement and hence the product of an observer, and has a nature distinguishable from the nature of absolute time.
This has been known for thousands of years, yet has thus far eluded the mathematical description my computer model aims to provide.
There is no such thing as, nor a need for an arrow of time in the model.
The nature of time is intrinsically similar to space as well as matter.
Because relative matter exists in the model as a measurement made by an internal observer, quantum monadology provides a single consistent framework in which to explain the uncertainty principle and also length contraction and time dilation.
As quantum monadology supersedes both conventional QM and relativity, questions regarding the inconsistencies between QM and relativity are no longer applicable.
This would be an entirely new mathematical foundation for modeling physical phenomena with broader implication than this summary can provide.
Information Science, Neuroscience, Quantum Mechanics, and Leibniz
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