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CATEGORY: The Nature of Time Essay Contest (2008) [back]
TOPIC: Gravity: The Power Source of Entropic Time by Timothy E Faucett [refresh]
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Timothy E Faucett wrote on Dec. 1, 2008 @ 16:54 GMT
Essay Abstract

In any natural process there exists an inherent tendency towards the dissipation of useful energy to an equalized state. This is known as Entropy. The universe is a natural process. This process consists of "surroundings" and "systems" made up of quantities of matter, pressure differences, density differences, and temperature differences which all tend to equalize over time. All processes require a ‘power source’ to create a differential potential within the process in order for the process to ‘function’ or do ‘work’. This equalization tendency provides the poles of a power source for things to ‘progress’ in the universe ‘over time’. This paper proposes that time is a process and in turn requires a power source to ‘function’ and that power source is gravity. This paper also proposes that singularity becomes one of the two reference points (poles) of the power source, while the opposite reference point (pole) is non-singularity or Polylarity. This creates a differential condition for gravity to exist as a ‘power source’ or universe size force. Polylarity would be defined as uniform distribution of mass, energy and gravity in the universe. The relative potential of Gravity in this model provides a power source for time to function.

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Amy Ciesielka wrote on Dec. 1, 2008 @ 22:05 GMT
Your approach is simple and elegant. Are the gravitation shapes 2D or 3D?




Alex wrote on Dec. 2, 2008 @ 05:49 GMT
Thank You! This made me think about several new concepts to explore while reading. Very interesting.




matthew kolasinski wrote on Dec. 2, 2008 @ 17:59 GMT
Hello Mr. Faucett,

i like the idea of gravity as being that which shapes what we experience as the passing of time - that makes sense to me, gravity being the source of the geometry of our world. i'd made a comment to this effect at Dr. Pitkänen's page.

however, this does not appear actually to be time.

coming to think that, for physics purposes, time needs to be defined very simply, something along the lines of:

"Time is a potential for data to exist."

and further define this relationship as non-commutative; that is, that an absence of detectable data does not necessarily demand that the potential is non-existant.

and all other effects associated with time to be considered as arising from associations of processes in time.

i hope to eventually find the time to read the entirety of your paper - there's a bunch of new posts here, time's growing short.

glad to meet you,

matt kolasinski




Narendra Nath wrote on Dec. 25, 2008 @ 04:59 GMT
Timothy,

a concise presentation of your idea of the Universe from start to finish. You say that there was pre-start pure Gravitational potential, containing the entire mass and energy. Then, what triggered the Big Bang to manifest the physical universe. You are fine with your two polarity concept that results in continuing the evolution of the Universe. Gravity acts in distributing mass and energy in the universe so as to conform to increasing time along with increasing entropy , say from 0 to the maximum possible. Then what will be that maximum that should bring its termination, again a singularity similar to the start!

Also as per your description the total mass /energy content remains constant all through from potential to dynamic to potential energy. It is a kind of pendulum simple harmonic motion that has all potential energy at the two end of momentary stoppage and maximum kinetic energy at the mid point. But then at all other stages, both potential energy builds as kinetic energy gets lowered. May be that is not what you envisage!

Also, you deal entirely with gravity only. What you want to say about the other physical fields that have manifested in the universe, viz., nuclear strong and weak and the electromagnetic. Have these also emerged out of the gravtational field. How then you may fix with the idea of the Unified field as the source of all the manifested four fields. In my essay on the website , i have talked about some mysterious aspects of the universe, i wonder if your ideas may help solve some of the mysteries that are indicated!




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