Tuesday, July 27, 2010
The Deceptively Semi-Credible Claims of Un-Sciency Science
Astrophysics really boils down to interpreting lights in the sky. Any number of conclusions can come from measuring the light from stars, and some theories are more believable than others, but some of my favorite theories of the last few weeks are:
Our universe inherited its arrow of time from the black hole in which it was born.
The Sun's core is made of Dark Matter.
The universe isn't expanding, time is disappearing.
I like playing this game and no matter how you crack it, time does not make sense, so I devised a theory of my own to further confuse matters:
What we experience as time is actually the gradual crystallization of a universe in metamorphosis. The future is fluid and malleable and any number of possibilities exist simultaneously. Like water in various basins, the future can still take on any shape. Then, along comes the cold meniscus of experience, and beyond that, in what we call the past, reality has solidified. It is seemingly impossible to be cracked back open again or melted and reformed.
The entire field of physics is based on the assumption that no matter where one goes in time and space, the laws of physics behave identically. That's a leap of faith that we only take because without it we have nothing to go on. Without that assumption science dissolves.
Like the "Time is running out" theory above, I like the idea that the rules of the universe are gradually changing. The fact that we can still see the big bang in the background radiation tells me that we are still incredibly close to the beginning. And with the dilation of time near the singularity of the big bang, isn't it possible that the time-like universe that we know is actually a self-contained bubble still gurgling within the first few moments after the creation of the universe? Our bubble will pop/solidify eventually, and then a more rational shape of the universe will begin.
The physics we know is indigestion within the inexperienced colon of a newborn universe
Posted by Richard Penner at 6:55 AM