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June 1, 2020

CATEGORY: FQXi Essay Contest - Spring, 2017 [back]
TOPIC: Time as a tightrope walking towards the fundamental principles. by Daniel de França Diniz Rocha [refresh]
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Author Daniel de França Diniz Rocha wrote on Feb. 1, 2018 @ 21:28 GMT
Essay Abstract

There is a chasm between points of view and no agreement on what is fundamental between thinkers, whatever is the field they belong to. So, what I intend to show it is that time might actually a gateway to deep questions is the fundamentals of nature, or what is behind it.

Author Bio

I work for INPI (My Brazil's trademark and patent office). I graduated in Physics. I am curious about many things.

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Joe Fisher wrote on Feb. 1, 2018 @ 22:01 GMT
Dear Daniel de França Diniz Rocha,

FQXi.org is clearly seeking to confirm whether Nature is fundamental.

Reliable evidence exists that proves that the surface of the earth was formed millions of years before man and his utterly complex finite informational systems ever appeared on that surface. It logically follows that Nature must have permanently devised the only single physical construct of earth allowable.

All objects, be they solid, liquid, or vaporous have always had a visible surface. This is because the real Universe must consist only of one single unified VISIBLE infinite surface occurring eternally in one single infinite dimension that am always illuminated mostly by finite non-surface light.

Only the truth can set you free.

Joe Fisher, Realist

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Lawrence B. Crowell wrote on Feb. 2, 2018 @ 10:51 GMT
Hi Daniel,

I just noticed your essay is here. Glad to see you here again this year. I will read your essay ASAP.

Cheers LC

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adel sadeq wrote on Feb. 2, 2018 @ 16:29 GMT
Hi Daniel,

Very good essay. I know you hate the boring ordinary, so you opted for something that could be fundamental yet exiting about reality. The subject has always been on my list but never got the time to delve. I have the book by Matt the Lorentzian wormholes.

Keep walking, do I have a choice!

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Joe Fisher wrote on Feb. 2, 2018 @ 16:46 GMT
Dear Fellow Essayists

This will be my final plea for fair treatment.,

FQXI is clearly seeking to find out if there is a fundamental REALITY.

Reliable evidence exists that proves that the surface of the earth was formed millions of years before man and his utterly complex finite informational systems ever appeared on that surface. It logically follows that Nature must have permanently devised the only single physical construct of earth allowable.

All objects, be they solid, liquid, or vaporous have always had a visible surface. This is because the real Universe must consist only of one single unified VISIBLE infinite surface occurring eternally in one single infinite dimension that am always illuminated mostly by finite non-surface light.

Only the truth can set you free.

Joe Fisher, Realist

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Lawrence B. Crowell wrote on Feb. 3, 2018 @ 15:43 GMT
Your paper makes some interesting connections with closed timelike curves. These are existent in the interiors of Kerr, Reissnor-Nordstrom and Kerr-Newman metrics and black holes. The Kerr black hole has r = 0 in the x-y plane as a ring that has closed timelike curves around it. This black hole interior has spacetime so twisted up and screwy that these time loops structures are real. They are also apparent in anti-de Sitter spacetimes, but one often considered a conformal patch where these are excluded. The Taub-NUT spacetime flips the meaning of space and time, so the analogue of the black hole and the horizon at r = 2GM/c^2 occurs with a time in the past as t = 2μ/c^2. Before that time there is a region with closed timelike curves. In all these cases we have conditions on the nature of the vacuum which correspond to the violation of Hawking-Penrose energy conditions. In the case of black holes or the Taub-NUT solution these regions are sealed behind event horizons.

The holonomy you discuss is a form of monodromy of a curve around a singularity. A closed timelike curve is often associated with a Cauchy horizon with a weak singularity, such as what happens with a wormhole, or with CTCs around black hole singularities in the RN or KN metrics. These have very interesting structures, and I think the holonomy or monodromy of a black hole singularity is dual to the poles in geodesics in hyperbolic spaces and the theorems of Mirzikhani. The near horizon condition of a black hole is a form of AdS spacetime which has the effect of bringing this structure into the exterior region.

As a result this does have some bearing on relevant physics, even though I suspect that faster than light travel or time travel is not possible in the general exterior world we experience.

Cheers LC

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Kamal L Rajpal wrote on Feb. 10, 2018 @ 18:14 GMT
Dear Daniel Rocha,

I read with interest your views on dark matter. Please read Dark Matter http://vixra.org/pdf/1303.0207v3.pdf and also my essay at https://fqxi.org/community/forum/topic/3145

Kamal Rajpal,

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Juan Ramón González Álvarez wrote on Feb. 20, 2018 @ 20:10 GMT
Time is not a dimension. Time is an evolution parameter. Time is modeled as a dimension only in some theories that avoid the true nature of time, including its characteristic arrow. But those limited theories cannot describe irreversible phenomena.

"The interpretation of quantum mechanics that takes position as the only observable is the Bohmian interpretation of quantum mechanics". Not...

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Vladimir Nikolaevich Fedorov wrote on Feb. 21, 2018 @ 07:59 GMT
Dear Daniel,

Here we are again all together.

I highly appreciate your beautifully written essay.

I hope that my modest achievements can be information for reflection for you.

Vladimir Fedorov

https://fqxi.org/community/forum/topic/3080

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Steven Andresen wrote on Feb. 22, 2018 @ 06:51 GMT
Dear Daniel

If you are looking for another essay to read and rate in the final days of the contest, will you consider mine please? I read all essays from those who comment on my page, and if I cant rate an essay highly, then I don’t rate them at all. Infact I haven’t issued a rating lower that ten. So you have nothing to lose by having me read your essay, and everything to...

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