Re: What is spacetime made of?
DEFINING TIME IF MATERIAL
If time was a material element how could it be defined? I plan on explaining time as a material object. Let’s consider a construct of time by first analysing how it is visualised. Time is reasoned and visualised through our human brain does that mean to say it is real? Well, the feeling of touch is real (we can feel), we can smell, we can hear, we can taste, and we can see – these elements warrant the existence of material objects within our existence. But let’s postulate that a sixth sense occurs, the instinctual perception of time. I believe humans possess this sixth sense and the way it operates is through a spatial arrangement of neurons within our very own minds.
Various individuals have a knack of telling how much time has elapsed without resorting to counting seconds within their minds. I will give you an example that started happening late last year to me and for the first few months of 2012 this year. Every time I looked at the clock I would turn just in time that 11:11am, or 11:11pm surfaced on the clock, this every day and for months. Myths suggest that such incidences occur when an angel or spirit is trying to reach you; I dismissed it as nothing but a mental conditioning process that took place in my time in order to console any hidden fears I had within me. It did not stop there, just when I became used to such twice daily occurrences then it became worse, for 2.5 months straight for 95% of the time (every time I looked at any clock unintentionally) I would see re-occurring patterns of numbers, ie: 2:22, 2:32, 2:42, 3:43, 6:06 and etc… This is only a one in ten chance of happening but the fact that it happened continuously over several months bore credence that indeed my brain habitually conditioned itself to monitor time through processes of its own, although not on a voluntary basis but more of an instinctual.
Such occurrences do not occur to me anymore, and it was quite a bizarre period in my life as I did a lot of research around the topic. But regardless, there is proof that the concept of time can be grasped through our instinctual senses, many individuals have experienced such instances. Now, with the element of time being a constructive ensemble within our mind then how do we define it? Obviously it is a manifestation based on the arrangement of matter. Our brain archives moments in time through materialistic processes and stores each moment like an ‘engram’. Therefore time can be re-winded by checking our neuron-based archives and moments experienced in the past can be re-lived – this as far as human capability goes in turning back time.
Consider the visualisation of time like a VCR (video cassette recorder, for those that don’t know) tape. Time is encapsulated through a snapshot in a magnetic tape and it is a continuous process that captures each frame in time. At any point we can ‘pause’ the tape, re-wind it, and re-play time at a point of our convenience. That is to say that time itself needs a ‘canvas’ to archive such moments in time and our brain achieves this by engraving time in matter (our brain cells and dendrite pathways) in a process that allows us to re-live those captured moments when we deem suitable. To think of this concept of time on a macro scale we would have to assume that the very fabric of time is matter or the very distortion of space. Maybe our reality is like the tape filament in the VCR and in order to play back time something outside of the bounds of this universe is able to play back the tape through forces unknown to us.
Let’s use the archaeological or geological interpretation… Scientists, when studying the history of time examine newfound evidence and ruins of the past and based on logical postulations given the surroundings and all available knowledge we are then able to make accurate constructs of our past. Such would be a possibility on the interpretation of time travel, that is, based on the arrangement of molecules, given greater ‘reason’, and given the capacity to bring forth and re-arrange the very fabric of space it may indeed be possible to re-arrange time. In other words, every passing moment, and every action in the universe is recorded in the ripples of the fabric of space and this may be either be traceable through detective-like investigative work or maybe just re-winded through some unknown means like the very VCR tape we take for granted (make sure you have BIC ballpoint pen if attempting to wind time in case it goes wrong though).
Ok, the very notion that is important here is that visualisation of time is a ‘sixth’ sense, and if we can perceive it therefore it must be real, hence it is. Time can be further re-defined through virtual worlds within virtual worlds, and hence time can be given subjective meaning in an objective context. Now, what would happen if entropy was reduced to zero and temperature itself was reduced to absolute zero, zero Kelvins? I would argue that time would cease to exist and hence reality as we know would freeze indefinitely (maybe). However, the very fabric of space may be distorted in such a manner that would affect and ripple across other universes therefore an imprint of time would still be ever-so present on the greater scale. Time is physical, real, and very much an object, more-often than not a collective organism of objects and hence an amalgamation of the very constituents of space – it is interconnected to everything we know and should we choose to examine just a portion then we shall only obtain a certain fragment of time.
Ummm… Ok, this was my go in defining time in a gist – I just want to see this thread finished. LOL