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CATEGORY: Show Me the Physics! Video Contest (2014) [back]
TOPIC: Does Time exist? How 'Time travel Paradoxes' can't happen without "the past". by Matthew Welcome Marsden [refresh]
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Matthew Marsden wrote on Aug. 22, 2014 @ 18:19 GMT
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This feature video explores the possibility that perhaps matter just existing, moving and interacting may be enough to *mislead* us into thinking how a “past, “future” and thus thing called “time” may exist. It carefully, scientifically, and logically examines where our conventional and widely accepted reasoning may seem sound, but contain false assumptions and gaps in logic and observations, leaving “TIME” as possibly just being a very useful system for understanding and comparing “examples of complex, to , regular *motion*” . And, how just calling one example of motion, “time”, is not enough to prove there is such a thing, or that ‘time’ is needed or observed where motion occurs. The essence and proven aspects of relativity are embraced, but with its (imo) unseen and unproven aspects (e.g. time – travel) brought sharply into question, and an alternative workable interpretation described. M.Marsden (auth - a brief history of timelessness).

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Matt (welcome) Marsden, is a stand up, and science geek, his "“A Brief History of Timelessness” eBook website and Youtubes attempt to explain and explore (open mindedly) a question and possibility that no other expert on "time" seems to have considered. Let alone considered and dismissed or otherwise. The key question addressed being "if matter –just- exists, moves, interacts and changes.... including the matter in our own minds... would this be enough to mislead us into thinking a "temporal" past, and thus a thing called time might actually "exist"? the analysis is not "metaphysical" or "philosophical" or "semantics", but based on di

Matthew Marsden wrote on Aug. 22, 2014 @ 20:50 GMT
Hi FQXI Contest viewers,

If you have any questions concerning the meaning of the "timeless" possibility I am suggesting, just post a comment.

Matt Marsden

(A brief history of timelessness)

Teresa Mendes replied on Aug. 23, 2014 @ 22:02 GMT
Hi Matthew

1 hour movie? You are testing our limits, hehe.

But in fact I did see it all and did enjoy it very much ...

You have a very local realistic way of looking at Time, only 3 spatial dimensions, and time as just a referencial.

Well done !

Good luck in the contest.

Matthew Marsden replied on Sep. 7, 2014 @ 12:54 GMT
Hi Teresa,

Just a quick note of 11 dimensional string theory, I know virtually nothing about string theory – only what I have read in the odd article etc – however I understand that the concept of extra spatial dimensions is such that the inverse square law of interactions tailing off with distance is modified so as to fit with certina observations.

e.g. if I am correct – in 3 dimensions forces (like radiation, gravity etc) tail off at a rate of 1/r^2

in 4 spatial dimensions this would be 1/r^3, and so on ( e.g. n dimensions leads to 1/r^n-1 ).

ALL, that I am suggesting, is that every thing seems to just exist, and be moving, and interacting “now” (to use a leading term).

Many may assume that Relativity ‘proves’ time ( through time dilation), and thus my statement above must be wrong. But as I suggest a thorough look at ‘on the electrodynamics of moving bodies’ seems to show Einstein only assumes time exists – and thus relativity may only show ‘rate dialtion’ “now”.

Thus re string theory – if the 11 dimensions suggested are 3 spatial, time, and 7 others, I am just suggesting the time dimension may be completely bogus, and whatever the other 7 dimensions may be , the time dimension should be replaced with the concept of things just existing and moving, (at dilated rates, in warped space, etc depending on local circumstances), “now”.

Thus I would suggest timelessness should greatly simplify any thinking around theories like string theory – whether it is on the right track or not.

All the best, (hope you caught the other videos)


Matthew Marsden wrote on Aug. 25, 2014 @ 13:49 GMT
Hi Teresa,

Thank you for your kind words.

Yes, essentially I'm trying to point out that (according to my analysis), despite very widespread opinion, in "on the electrodynamics of moving bodies", it in no way, whatsoever seems to prove the existence of a past, a future, or thing called "time" at all !

Instead, the paper seems only to "assume" a thing called time exists, and is...

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Teresa Mendes replied on Aug. 29, 2014 @ 19:42 GMT
Hi Matthew

I found your presentation very easy to follow.

In fact your way of looking for "time" is very local realistic.

Can I ask, how to you see the relativistic space-time?

And do you have an opinion about the 10 dimensions of String Theory ?


Matthew Marsden replied on Sep. 2, 2014 @ 11:33 GMT
Dear Teresa,

Thank you for that, I looked at your "Physics Needs A Paradigm Shift" video, but didn’t understand enough of the qm terms to really understand it.

Were you saying that because we perceive real solid objects on the classical scale we should consider matter is like this all the way down? (or did I completely misunderstand ?). I must admit I know only the...

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Teresa Mendes replied on Sep. 9, 2014 @ 17:05 GMT
Hi Mattew

That is exactly what I am saying. Local realism. Everything like the macroscopic world, chemistry, biology , even cosmology.

I will return and read your post again ... but I think we agree on the question of what is time.

(Now I have to do my "job", and promote "the scientific revolution", hehe.

I will be back.


Lyle wayne Moss wrote on Sep. 10, 2014 @ 02:51 GMT
Dear Matt,

I wish to congratulate you for putting into precise and thoughtful language a concept that has seriously troubled me for a very long time. I am about as far removed from a physicist or mathematician as one could be (i own a little country cafe)and I'm not even sure HOW I happened to stumble onto this video, because I would never DREAM of trying to understand Relativity, let...

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Sorana Dana Stoica wrote on Sep. 10, 2014 @ 09:08 GMT
Your video is very interesting, and I loved the Lego part!

My video is A universe in a cup of water, I hope you will like it too.

I wish you success!


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Adam Washington wrote on Sep. 11, 2014 @ 07:01 GMT
Dear Mr. Marsden,

I thought the lego animation was absolutely great, so I was hoping that you would've continued to utilize the lego concept through out. However, to make an hour long submission was overwhelming. I know that the creators of the contest said that they didn't want to put any time constraints on the videos, but they did recommend keeping it at 5 minutes. I can understand why. I thought the point of this contest was to attract non physic types to take an interest in physics. Therefore, when you started out with the legos, I thought great, something other then a classroom lecture on physics. I was wrong. So I wasn't able to finish watching the whole thing. I did rate it and applaud your tenacity.

When you get a chance please check out my video"The Escape - Physics & Fairytales". I took a creative approach by taking a classic fairytale about Cinderella - modernized it and then used physics to explain how Cinderella escaped from the castle. I hope you will check it out, rank it and give me your feedback. I think you'll enjoy it.


Matthew Marsden replied on Sep. 11, 2014 @ 07:48 GMT
Hi Adam,

Thank you very much for that, I may try ad do some more lego at some point, but its very slow work.

My video is long, but I am very genuinely trying to show how the universe may be genuinely timeless... ( and if it turns out so to be, to make sure people know where the analysis came from :)

Thank you for watching what you did, my other videos are signigficantly "shorter" so please check them out ( and vote ), I`ll check out "the escape" and vote on it.

"Time Travel,Timeless Answers to Prof Brian Cox's Science of Dr WHO "

thanks again


Ian C Harris replied on Sep. 11, 2014 @ 19:15 GMT
Dear Mr. Marsden,

I really enjoyed your video and found it to be Very interesting! The progression of the presentation was very logical and ordered in its course. I was very intrigued by your perspective about time - it made me think and I like that!

If you get a chance, I'd love for you take a look at our video and tell me what you think. Please make sure to rate it too!



Ian C Harris wrote on Sep. 11, 2014 @ 19:38 GMT
Dear Mr. Marsden,

I really enjoyed your video and found it to be Very interesting! The progression of the presentation was very logical and ordered in its course. I was very intrigued by your perspective about time - it made me think and I like that!

If you get a chance, I'd love for you take a look at our video and tell me what you think. Please make sure to rate it too!



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