A Riddle of Time
I have proposed that time is a function primarily of the state of gravity that it is contained in. Fair and simple enough. What state of gravity is life on Earth contained in?
We have naturally assumed, apriori, that time is 60 seconds to a minute, 60 minutes to an hour, 24 hours to a day, 365 (approximately) days to a year. From our frame of reference, it would appear so and functions for the most part accurately for considerations on Earth. We have reached the point in our exploration of our existence when we are trying to reconcile macro-physics with micro-physics with considerable discomfort and dysfunction. I suggest this may be a misperception of true time as we experience it.
For purposes of discussion I will refer to the 60,60,24,365 model as “natural time”. I make this distinction to propose “cosmological time”.
I assert that a truer measurement of time must come from a broader frame of reference than the passing of the sun across the sky. A more consistent measurement, in both the broad view of the frame of reference of our gravitational system and the ease at which it would blend with the mathematical/geometrical system we use for scientific analysis, would rise from the revolution of the Earth around the Sun (the two dominate sources of gravity in our local group)constituting a year, being broken into the 360 degree model common to geometry. A “day” would equal 1 degree of the circle, the “day” being broken down in a decimal(base 10) format consistent with mathematics (as generally practiced).
Trying to reconcile macro-physics and micro-physics in a framework of “natural time” will inevitably lead to miscalculations and predictions that are not consistent either with reality or scientific theory.
Even this step in the right direction does not take into account all the local phenomena that have a bearing on the gravitational field that we experience. The Moon’s tidal effects and “the Jupiter effect” are noticeable at the sensory level and many more subtle effects may lay at the sub sensory level. As this model progresses, those factors must be brought into representation.
At the heart of this is the assertion that time and gravity are synchronous phenomena. I offer these observations as argument: wave energy is unperturbed by gravitational fields and exists outside time, ie, is eternal and likewise suffers no entropic effects. Logical, in that from the wave’s perspective the universe is at non-relative stop and from a “viewer’s” perspective has proceeded from the relative effects of the universe.
Equally logical is suspension of time under extreme gravitational force as in a “black hole”. As any particle proceeds to terminal velocity (the speed of light) it ceases to be relative to any other particle,gravitationally, bound solely for that to which it is strongly attracted to, though still subject to other gravitational effects in scale to that which it is strongly attracted to. Essentially, as all bonds are broken internally, the possibility if gravity is negated and as there is no gravity there is no time.
Lastly, is the basis of the cosmological argument itself, the consolidation of matter/energy prior to the “Big Bang”. As all matter/energy existed in one point gravity/time similarly was consolidated and dispersed in proportion to matter. The larger the mass of matter, the higher the gravitational effect and the greater influence on time, relative to the universe. In an analogy, space is the stage but time is the play; neither exists without the other but hardly the same.
The separation of space (as context) and time as a gravitationally driven “local” phenomena is critical in the resolution of macro and micro scale physical doctrines.
On a related issue, when discussing my work (writing) with a certain someone, it was asked of me “Can’t you just be happy with being great in bed?” I was caught flat-footed by the simultaneous compliment and backhand. The correct answer should have been “Can you?” but I replied “Thank you” which revealed where my loyalties truly lay.
It’s not that I’m not okay with that summary of me, but I enjoy the practice (and the writing as well).