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CATEGORY: The Nature of Time Essay Contest (2008) [back]
TOPIC: The Drumming of Space-Time by Jean IBAR [refresh]
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Jean IBAR wrote on Dec. 1, 2008 @ 10:53 GMT
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The synchronization of space and time defines the present. If we imagine the past –in a space-time diagram- as a curvy path whose head is the present, any cross-over of paths represents a synchronization of events. Such is the encounter of my path as a pedestrian going through a park, on a road, with a couple of cars, all crossing at the exact same point in space-time. We can structure space from the smallest distance measurable of 10-16 cm, and time, from duration measurement of 10-18 sec. Are these two scales dependant, should they be “synchronized”? How? Can matter’s genesis depend on the synchronization of fluctuations of time and space at the smallest scale? Was the Big-Bang a phase transition between a time-space-plasma (unsynchronized time and space scales) and synchronized space-time? Is this phase transition still occurring at the edge of the expanding universe, with most of the (missing) matter localized at this new expanding horizon? Is it conceivable that more than one Big-Bang occurred in the past, perhaps three (to explain the table of particles), that continue to expand and interact to knit our present universe, a tissue of granulated matter obtained by interference: the drumming of Space-Time! Our collective experience anchors our perception of time and space into a global consciousness, which has remained, perhaps, until now, very basic and common sense even after the scientific revolution. New media communication tools, such as live video-games, could generate a more sophisticated and powerful “laser consciousness” where all brain activity from the participants synchronize to resonate with the reality that they create together. This offers to redefine our limits of space-time, and a new generation for mankind.

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Educated at ENS Chimie Paris, and MIT. Fulbright Visiting Professor in the Physics Dpt at the university of Pau (France). Specialty: physics of interaction, dissipative systems statistics, amorphous matter (polymers). Paintings (Lautrec, Soutine, Veermer). Music: LVB, Pink-Floyd, James Brown Sport: Basque Pelota, rugby Books: Russian literature

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Steve Abrahams wrote on Dec. 23, 2008 @ 19:59 GMT
Dear Jean

I enjoyed your essay very much. I have read many of the essays here with great interest but find some of my ideas have a 'resonance' with some of yours. My essay is based upon the intraction of 'assumed' vibrating fields which fill all space. Matter being the result of harmonics in a number of fields being sustained by resonance in another.Matter being similar to 'standing waves' at a point. The energy transfer via resonance, being a continueous 'flow' toward each point, giving the effects of both inertia and gravity to those points.Any difference between perfect resonance and imperfect resonance being seen as a 'feedback' interference into the sustaining field. We seeing it as heat light etc depending on how far from perfect resonance the point is.

Sorry. Getting to the point of this post, I feel that if what I propose has any foundation in reality then these following things may happen.

Every point of matter will transmit its existence to every other point of matter.(in the universe eventually) Both as feedback into the sustaining field and and through effecting the 'flow of' sustaining energy(its gravitational effect albeit very small) and also into the 'harmonic' fields.

This could mean that every 'thought' we have will fill the universe! Every thought we have will pass through every other brain. Every thought we have will be transmitted into the 'harmonic fields'(perhaps more permanent than the 'resonant' field?) like rain on a tin roof or the distant beating of a drum? They may very well form the 'memory well' of the global/universal consciousness.Or even the laser consciousness of which you speak.Perhaps only the odd 'freak' human brain is tuned to recieve its frequency or perhaps we all dip into this well from time to time.(I don't really know where i got these essay thoghts from either!)Perhaps as you suggest, humans will evolve to tune in and syncronise within these fields.

It may be that from this 'reverberating well' of 'knowledge' (and perhaps 'awareness,') that may survive the comings and goings of universes, that gives rise to the 'will to live' which organises matter into life, (wherever it can),and gives it, its instincts to survive, perhaps.Who knows?

Oh dear, my tea's burnt! As you say doesn't time fly!

Good Luck and thanks for a great essay.


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Iacob Suteu wrote on Dec. 26, 2008 @ 20:18 GMT
Hi Jean,

Read your article.

You wrote:

"Our ability to focus intensely on a given task makes our

perception of time a unique individual experience, unshared with others. For instance, the

writing of a theoretical article makes time loose its grip: the present, past and future

dissolve. « Hello, I am back » says my wife, and I thought, for a moment, that she had

left five minutes ago, although four hours had passed."

I propose the following experiment:

First of all you have to do something that will necessitate your attention so the above experience might happen. But with a difference this time. You'll have to put some music that you like, in this way you will notice when you focus intensely. You will probably notice that the melody is fragmented (you hear only fragments). Also if you have a web camera, you could record your eye blinking during this experiment. In this case you could see if some body automatic behaviors are affected.

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Anonymous wrote on Jan. 5, 2009 @ 13:41 GMT
Hey Iacob:

Thanks for your comment and suggestion. I have indeed already noticed the in/out perception of music when focused. But, often, when I am concentrating on some thoughts, music distracts me, and I can't think, I have to shut it down. For the webcam experiment, quite a good idea, and I will try it.

Happy New Year, best wishes.


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