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TOPIC: Absolutely -The Nature of Time and Beyond? by Stephen J Abrahams [refresh]
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Stephen J Abrahams wrote on Nov. 21, 2008 @ 10:17 GMT
Essay Abstract

The 'nature of time' expressed through the concept of a 'Solid' Universe consisting of various vibrating fields the interacting result of which, is matter. the underlying assumption being, that without matter, time cannot exist. So explain what matter is and you get closer to an understanding of what 'the nature of time is'.This essay then goes on to try to explain in the terms above, properties of matter, including inertia, gravity and the energies associated with it.Also the big bang,the big crunch and before and after these major events.

Author Bio

Steve Abrahams An unemployed 'Blue van' driver. Most definitely NOT a 'White Van' driver who really needs to win the money!!!

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matthew kolasinski wrote on Nov. 28, 2008 @ 02:32 GMT
Hello Mr. Abrams,

thank you for a very readable paper.

the thought crossed my mind that a book might be fun, something like:



"WHACK YOUR PUDDING

understanding physics

by Steven Abrahams

illustrations by Gahan Wilson"

i'm sure Wilson would have fun with both the jello and the submarines.

you appear to have recently received some support for the general concept of matter arising from a vibrating vacuum:

web site link

thanks,

:-)

matt kolasinski

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Steve Abrahams wrote on Nov. 30, 2008 @ 16:43 GMT
Thanks Matt

Luv it.... 'Whack Your Pudding' most excellent! And fun too!

Followed the link to New Scientist, all sounds a bit complicated to me, spinning discs inside protons and quarks and stuff, but hey who knows? The important thing is that people think about the possible answers to the big questions.. Looked up the illustrator too, very tallented guy. Overly cautious I might be, but I'm waiting for just one vote before I rush off to the publishers shouting 'Eureka'!!! Read yours too,and yes it was interesting, very impressed. Yes I agree, consciousness, somewhere in the universe, is just a bit important to the relevence of time. psi...Must learn more...

:) Steve Abrahams

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Iacob Suteu wrote on Dec. 26, 2008 @ 16:06 GMT
Hi Steve,

I read your essay with great interest.

Russians calls it active vacuum, Americans calls it virtual particles and you are calling it jelly :). Although, the Russians did gave some examples similar to yours (the ones with water). If you have time I recommend you to read the following book: http://www.rayfleming.com/Physics.pdf. Describes our world from the perspective of virtual particles which behaves similarly to your model. You will find it very interesting.

It will also be interesting what kind of fundamental forces does your model needs. And if you have time perhaps you could elaborate a little more on how stable and unstable atoms are composed by vibrations.

Best regards,

Iacob Suteu

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Jean Ibar wrote on Dec. 26, 2008 @ 16:25 GMT
Hi Steve:

Thanks for your comments (I just discovered). I am due to read your paper, after reading your additions (which made a lot of sense). Sounds like red van meets blue van. Will we arrive at the full spectrum of colors? Happy ending. Jean

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Anonymous wrote on Dec. 27, 2008 @ 18:35 GMT
Hi Iacob.

First, thanks for your kind posting. I will read your recomendation with interest.

Secondly I'm sorry I have lost my voting code so I haven't been able to use my restricted votes.(personally and I suspect to most of us, the actual 'results' of this contest are unimportant. The important thing is that we may, just one day, get a little closer to understanding how our...

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Steve wrote on Dec. 27, 2008 @ 19:26 GMT
Hi Jean

I suspect, only at the point where we both crash into the Green van? :)

Hope after the impact we are all left 'Comfortably Numb'!

Funny isn't it. I did in fact, when trying to visualise this 'solid' universe and its energy source, imagine the 'drumming' coming from a room in some 'Macro world' where our universe was a crystal ball sitting on a stand with the vibrations of Pink Floyd's 'Echo's' being played in the backgound. This being the energy source.

And NO! NO £SD!!! Has ever passed these lips! Honest Guv!

Thanks for your reply.

Ever After!

Steve

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Steve Abrahams wrote on Dec. 27, 2008 @ 23:24 GMT
Hi again Iacob,

(sorry in my first reply, I forgot to put in who it was from.)

Just followed your link to Mr. Fleming's theory and read it up to page 65 when the Maths started. I'm afraid that most arithmetic loses me, let alone mathematics. I very much enjoyed the read!!! Thank You very much indeed.

I do see quite a few similarities in the way we are trying to explain things and I cannot come close to explaining all the aspects of matter that he has.You may have noticed how quickly I glossed over magnetism or avoided it comletely.I do actually have a theory related to the subject linked to my essay proposals, but I have not thought it all through yet, and it most certainly would have pushed me over the word limit if i'd tried to include it.It does involve however perhaps the existence of a completely different frequency field than my harmonic ones and the sustaining one, which takes advantage of the lessening of what Mr. Fleming would perhaps call 'Parton pressure'at the point where matter exists. Or in other words 'sees' a hole in the opposite direction. It would actually however enter the 'hole' from 'within' and try to fill the 'pressure difference' into what was the resonant fields 'space'. There would appear then to be similar possibilities for a 'two way' flow through matter as he seems to suggest, but in a different way. With all the various posibilities that he describes. Obviously for this to work, various 'configurations. of matter. ie magnetic or non magnetic high temperature or low temperature would present different 'resistances' to this fields 'flow'. In effect, either, relatively, accelerating it, or restricting it, with perhaps consequent effects of attraction or repulsion of other matter. As I say, it needs much more thought.

As he says, I think we need many more people to think about these other theretical possibilities, so to avoid getting science bogged down with all the 'dead end stuff'.

Or, if we're going to get to a 'dead end' lets get there after mostly understanding how the rest of it works!

Now back to my favourite pair of 'Partons'. These were two fascinating objects that, seemingly, always defied gravity. They belonged to a young country and west.....hey who cut this?!

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Iacob Suteu wrote on Dec. 29, 2008 @ 09:04 GMT
Hi Steve.

I am glad that you have enjoyed the lecture of The New Physic book.

And thank you for the explanations.

Best regards,

Iacob

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