Ex-News JunkieDeterminismMon Jul 17, 2017 10:08pm2001:1970:5c22:6100:ec6d:61c0:3fde:22fd"Determinism is often contrasted with free will. Determinism often is taken to mean causal determinism, which in physics is known as cause-and-effect. It is the concept that events within a given paradigm are bound by causality in such a way that any state (of an object or event) is completely determined by prior states."

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Consider the thought experiment:

An astronaut fires a laser for a fraction of a second, just long enough that it emits a single photon of light. He then hops in a spaceship and chases it, traveling at close to the speed of light until he sees it absorbed by a molecule and destroyed. Because the astronaut was traveling so fast, special relativity demands that the universe appear to contract in the direction of travel, that is along the path that the photon took. Therefore, from the astronaut's perspective, the photon was emitted and absorbed at nearly the exact same time and place. It would appear that the photon's origin and destination were pre-determined, even though spectators at rest might perceive that it had to travel a billion light years in between. Since each photon's origin and destination are therefore pre-determined, and the universe is full of photons zipping around every which way, then everything is connected and the state of the entire universe is deterministic.

Let's expand further on that thought experiment — Ex-News Junkie, Sat Jul 22 9:40amSuppose a photon is emitted a billion years ago from a star and has been en-route ever since. Recently an experiment was carried out on a particle accelerator in Europe that resulted in the high... more

Gravity breaks determinism — Ex-News Junkie, Sat Jul 22 10:17amSpace and time is defined as the separation and relative movement of particles, observed by the exchange of photons. If there are no observable particles, there is no causal connection - Determinism... more

Transitions from the abstract to the observable — Ex-News Junkie, Sat Jul 29 9:01amThe idea that an unobservable non-deterministic abstract state can transition into an observable and deterministic one suggests... a mechanism of non-temporal causality. Could there be another form... more

Mathematical universe — Ex-News Junkie, Sat Jul 29 9:58amConsider the mathematical nature of nature... Could the universe exhibit characteristics that can be described mathematically because math itself is an extant state of the universe, but one which is... more

Ancient-meets-modern philosophy — Ex-News Junkie, Sun Jul 30 3:42pm" Pythagoras of Samos (570–495 BC) was an Ionian Greek philosopher, mathematician, and putative founder of the Pythagoreanism movement. He is often revered as a great mathematician and scientist and... more

Some interesting videos on mathematics — Ex-News Junkie, Sun Jul 30 7:34pmDomain of Science - The Map of Mathematics Numberphile - Godel's Incompleteness Theorem Numberphile - Godel's Incompleteness (extra footage 1) Numberphile - Godel's Incompleteness (extra footage 2)... more

Counterarguments to lateral abstraction as a fundamental — Ex-News Junkie, Mon Jul 31 9:02pmbasis of reality.... - gravity waves which suggest that space and time are real and act as a fluid medium of some sort - cosmic microwave background assumed to be emitted during recombination which... more

Black hole model of the universe — Ex-News Junkie, Tue Aug 1 7:48pmSo I fall back my preferred model that the entire universe is a black hole: ... that the event horizon of a black hole with a mass equal to all the matter in the visible universe... is much larger... more

Nomenclature — Ex-News Junkie, Tue Aug 1 7:59pmSpace-time and lateral states written as dimensions: x,y,z,t,i

Complex Spacetime and Kaluza-Klein Theory — Ex-News Junkie, Wed Aug 2 4:48pmComplex Spacetime "In mathematics and mathematical physics, complex spacetime extends the traditional notion of spacetime described by real-valued space and time coordinates to complex-valued space... more

Imaginary Numbers — Ex-News Junkie, Wed Aug 2 5:15pm"Although Greek mathematician and engineer Heron of Alexandria is noted as the first to have conceived these numbers, Rafael Bombelli first set down the rules for multiplication of complex numbers in ... more

A shot in the dark — Ex-News Junkie, Wed Aug 2 5:41pmWhat if space-time is in polar coordinates instead: - angle a - angle b - radius R (a single spatial distance between any two particles) plus time t (a scalar time dimension that gives us relative... more

Curved Space in Polar Coordinates — Ex-News Junkie, Wed Aug 2 5:57pmIf there is only one spatial dimension, how can it lead to the curved space of general relativity? Well, if the other dimensions are angular (circular), then instead of being linear, maybe all the... more

The Big Bang — Ex-News Junkie, Wed Aug 2 6:30pmSo maybe mass determines the tightness of the spiral dimensions, which in turn determines whether the spiral manifests as an angular dimension (or imaginary, or lateral dimension) or whether the... more

After all is said and done — Ex-News Junkie, Thu Aug 3 5:33pmI have no idea what I'm talking about! I would need a degree in math and a degree in physics (at least) to begin to comprehend general relativity and the standard model and all the other grand... more

Phenomena I've attempted to address — Ex-News Junkie, Thu Aug 3 7:07pm- a mechanism for the early hot dense state of universe as a very large particle shower trapped in a very small (but inflating) space, both resulting from the energy released when a circular... more

Prime numbers — Ex-News Junkie, Sat Aug 5 1:17pmMore thoughts on how the universe is easier to understand if it is represented using polar coordinates, where there is only one dimension of space, and therefore space can only be curved if it is a... more

String Theory — Ex-News Junkie, Mon Aug 28 3:13pmWhat if everything in the cosmos is a string? 3-dimensional space could be an illusion... It could be two angular dimensions and one radial dimension, i.e. spherical coodinates. The angular... more

S(pring) Theory — Ex-News Junkie, Mon Aug 28 6:27pmA string that vibrates is acting like a spring. Springs store energy. Hooke's Law: E = k . x^2 ... So when a particle travels through space it is transferring energy in & out of the spring, to & from ... more