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CATEGORY: The Nature of Time Essay Contest (2008) [back]
TOPIC: The progression of time as a cosmological process by Johan Masreliez [refresh]
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Johan Masreliez wrote on Dec. 1, 2008 @ 10:53 GMT
Essay Abstract

A new dynamic process, Dynamic Incremental Scale Transition (DIST), is proposed that could explain the progression of time and resolve long standing issues in physics and cosmology. The semi-discrete DIST process, which preserves the spacetime geometry, agrees with astronomical observations and offers a link between General Relativity and Quantum Theory. Key words: Dynamic Incremental Scale Transition, New Cosmology, Progression of Time, Scale Equivalence, Dark Energy, Quantum Theory from General Relativity, Origin of Inertia

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I am an independent researcher who has published extensively on cosmology and physics.

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narendra nath wrote on Dec. 19, 2008 @ 13:22 GMT
Dear Johan,

i read your essay just now. Being late to see such an innovative approach makes me feel a bit guilty in not coping up with other contributions here in the contest.

I enjoyed the freshness of approach. You could do it because you are free from the professional bias one developes when active in a profession. You appear to be a freelance person with genuine interest in physics and cosmology. It is jice to see that consider your DIST approach to cause very high frequency oscillations with very low magnitude to affect the space/time universe that is following a scale expanding growth.Interstingly you conclude that theuniverse does not necessarily comply what we currently believe to be ' the laws of Physics'. The natural compliance with the wave/particle duality is another off-shoot that interest any common man.

i need time to digest your approach better, but i don't feel you need to worry about its general acceptance in the present. Normally, professional physicist develop a bias towards what is accepted easily by the so-called peers in the field. i myself have had such experiences. But if one persists and work hard and genuinely, there is nothing to worry about what others think. More over, i also believe that the cosmological data currently available may get substantially upgraded as soon as cosmological telescopes go farther away in space with respect to our home, the earth. it happened to the mineral constitution of moon through remote measurements as soon as actual samples came from the moon. The figures had to be drastically revised, beyond the usual errors one attributes/evaluates about one's data!

In my own essay in this contest, i have provided some perspectives about the mysteries of the dark matter and energy, believing these conjectures to be true. you may like to comment after a study of the essay. On posts there , i have added two other preceeding manuscripts, one of which deals with' Inconstancy of the Physical Constants and Strengths of the Force/fields'. Current beliefs may have to be revised if one has to understand the universe in the first billion years of its life, i.e. 'the laws of physics do not seem to hold then', as agreed to currently!

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matthew kolasinski wrote on Dec. 21, 2008 @ 05:18 GMT
Hello Johan,

very nice. thank you. arriving as it did in the flurry of last minute entrants, i'm concerned that it won't get the attention it should or would likely have received earlier here.

thanks again.

matt kolasinski

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Johan Masreliez wrote on Jan. 17, 2009 @ 05:19 GMT
Dear matt kolasinski,

Thanks you for your nice comments. I don't know if I inadvertently clicked on the 'report post as inappropriate' button, which I certainly did not mean to do.

johan masreliez

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Johan masreliez wrote on Apr. 3, 2009 @ 15:17 GMT
Dear Narendra,

Thanks for your thoughtful comments. The first sentence in your essay reads: ‘Both change and conservation are the features required to describe the Universe.’

I think this is a profound insight. As humans we have always felt the need to confine our existence to a limited place in both space and time. Maybe this is to avoid confronting our smallness in comparison to the immense vastness of the universe. But, gradually over the millenniums we have become aware of our utter physical insignificance in the world. Now our last holdout is going to fall; we will come to realize that there is no beginning or end of time.

To make eternal existence possible a dynamic process must exist that makes time progress and powers the world forever. The expansion of both space and time could do this, and the resulting cosmos would agree with all our observations. Furthermore, it would mean the existence of dimensions ‘beyond space and time’ given by vibrating metrics of spacetime, which would make the missing connection between general relativity and quantum mechanics. It would also explain the origin of Inertia. However, this new insight will require revision of physics going all the way back to Galileo, leaving most modern theories of the universe behind on the ash heap of history.

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george james ducas wrote on Dec. 16, 2010 @ 23:10 GMT
Here is the current update of trans dimensional unified field theory. You can access it on the internet at

I also have a physics group at

Thank you.

George James Ducas

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