Moving Beyond Optical Delusion

This is a re-post of a blog i read recently originally posted on February 19, 2013 by 

I hope you enjoy…

Moving Beyond Optical Delusion

EinsteinWe found a very interesting quote by Albert Einstein this week about a subject you wouldn’t normally associate with a physicist. Einstein had this to say about optical delusions: “A human being is part of the whole called the ‘Universe.’ (We) experience (ourselves) as something separated from the rest – a kind of optical delusion in consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us. Our task is to free ourselves from optical delusions.”

He is right, of course. And the interesting thing about this insight from the “Father of Relativity” is that it captures the human dilemma of being spiritual beings (from theabsolute realm of creation) imprisoned as physical beings (in the relative realm of creation). Essentially, we are prisoners of ‘realitivity.’

Bmprstkr.OpticalDelThe thing about our ‘relativity sentence’ is that it fools tens of millions of people with the illusions materiality spins. Most people depend only on the physical senses and are incarcerated by optical delusions. Many more throttle back their consciousness by holding onto past beliefs and old scripts that keep them mired down in the shadows of rigid convention, religious dogma, and unhealthy assumptions.

Billions of people live in a world of BS. Debilitating BS. A BS built on negativity and a false sense of separateness. Down here – on Earth, that is – it’s all BS. Before you think we’re being a little cavalier with all of this BS talk, we need to clarify what we mean by BS. BS stands for Belief System.

People whose BS keeps them tied to the world of outer appearances live in a world of shadows, of ‘optical delusions’ as Einstein so aptly put it. They live in a world of separation and duality. A world that gives power to outer appearances instead of inner transformation.

Most people have sold out to the world of form. They have created a world that supports optical delusions to satisfy their materialistic appetites. And as we unfortunately see in the news every week, some people are in so much ‘optical delusional pain’ they want to inflict pain on others.

Plato gave us a brilliant description of the world of optical delusions we’ve created, in theCave Allegory from his masterpiece, the Republic.

CaveShadows-sxc824790_25483659In the Cave Allegory, Plato imagines a group of people who have lived in a cave all of their lives. They are chained to a wall so they can’t see the cave entrance. They can only face the wall.

Behind them is a constant light that illuminates various statues that have been placed behind them. The light’s movements cause shadows to flicker around the cave.

When the people of the cave see these shadows they think they’re seeing life in action. The shadows are as close as the prisoners get to seeing reality.

Plato then explains how a philosopher who was a former ‘prisoner’ is freed from the cave and realizes that the shadows on the wall are not reality at all. He sees that the light outside the cave and the statues which cause the shadows are real but that the shadows themselves are optical delusions.

The philosopher realizes that the shadows in the cave were just effects created by the real objects. He had given power to things that weren’t real.

At the end of the allegory, Plato is adamant that it is the philosopher’s burden to re-enter the cave. Plato reasons that those who have seen the light have a duty to educate those in the material world (cave) so they can spread light to those in darkness.

For us, it is our privilege – not so much of a burden – but privilege as Unity ministers and spiritual leaders, to help humankind move out of the world of shadows, and beyond the world of optical delusions into the light.

candle-hearts-small-sxc1414107_64674361 copyWe’re all beings of light. Mastering this human experience requires that we realize WE ARE THE LIGHT EXPRESSING ITSELF IN HUMAN FORM AS US!

We want to assure you that no matter what happens to you here on the human plane, you have the power to move beyond any and all optical delusions. It is delusional to think otherwise.

Why Time Travel is (Probably) Impossible… Addendum

(Subtitled: Ooops! I forgot one) 😉

There is yet another reason why Time Travel is ( probably) impossible, specifically involving the method of light/hyper light speed.

I did not make it clear ( because it makes it even more complicated and confusing to those who don’t like maths) but there is a reason why Time seems to slow down at near light speed. And it is the same principle that creates this latest nail in Time Travel’s coffin so i better give you the lowdown before i come to the clincher.

Around the end of the 19th century Hendrik Lorenz and others were considering the implications of the recently discovered electron and came up with a formula known as the Lorentz Transformation (later refined and corrected by mathematician Henri Poincare in 1905 and which helped Einstein produce his special theory of relativity).

Basically this formula describes how physical equations that describe some events in our ‘normal’ reference frame here on earth have to be modified when their speed relative to someone doing the observing of events is considered.

Forgive the math but it simply (?) says:

γ = 1/√(1-v²/c²)

Anyone who remembers their high school maths knows that as the denominator of a number gets smaller, the resultant gets bigger, and that you can never divide 1 by zero since the answer is something infinitely large.

Looking again at the equation above we see that as our velocity = v starts to get very close to c – the speed of light – v²/c² gets very very close to one, so 1 minus something very, very close to one becomes very, very close to zero! The square root of that number is even closer to zero and so γ becomes massively large.

Using the Lorentz Transformation as it applies to Time between two observers moving apart at speed = v

To = γTv tells us that for the person who sees themselves as ‘stationary’ (To), Tv( time to the moving person  in the spaceship) appears to be Tv = To/γ or, our ‘time’ divided by a huge number if v ~ c meaning their time appears very much slower,

Similarly, for the moving observer (although to him he sees us as moving away from him while he is ‘stationary’ in the spaceship with his clock) To = γTv  so he sees time as moving very fast on Earth compared to his clock back on board.

The same transformation applies to the momentum of any object travelling at speed.

This says that the momentum of the moving object appears to have γ times the momentum of a ‘stationary’ object (a stationary object actually has zero momentum relative to the stationary reference frame since momentum = mass times velocity p= mv, if v=0 then p=0)

But p=mv is true only for ‘low’ values of v at light speed we have to use p= γp so an object has ‘infinite’ momentum if v = c

The energy require to increase an object’s momentum to infinite would also be infinite.

 

In other words it would take more energy than we can ever accumulate to travel fast as or faster than light speed.

Why Time Travel Is (Probably) Impossible! (Part 3)

I have made this letter longer, because I have not had the time to make it shorter.Blaise Pascal 🙂

(For part 2 see here: )

Alright, as promised so very long ago…

Why Time Travel Is (Probably) Impossible!

Time Machine meets Big Bang

In the movie, The Time Machine, based upon the novel by H.G. Wells, the hero makes a machine that ‘isolates’ him and his machine in a time bubble while the rest of the world around him first experiences a rapid prolonged period of elapsed time and then the same process in reverse. He effectively stays still and, compared to the world, he seems to have no time (does not age) or be incapable of movement. Yet inside his bubble he sees everything inside as ‘normal’ while the world becomes a blur and things decay and pass away and earth builds up and wears down around him as time passes him ‘by’. When he stops his machine he can get out and everything returns to ‘normal’ time but millions of years in the future while he lived only a few minutes inside the machine bubble.  This is very similar to the effect described back in part one. The differences are: a) both he and the earth (and any earth observer) effectively remained travelling at the same speed and direction (never came close to moving at light speed compared to the earth); and b). he was able to do the same journey in reverse.

Basically he moved through Time alone, not through space.

Trouble is though, rarely does one appreciate, that here on earth we are never ‘standing still’.

Standing up or sitting down in one spot as you may now be you are moving in at LEAST 4 different motions and speeds.

In increasing velocities they are:

1. rotation of earth around it’s axis ( between 300 and 1600 km/h for most of us, faster at the equator, slower near the poles)

2. revolving around the sun. (about 100,000km/h)

3. revolving around Milky Way galaxy centre (around 3/4 of a million km/h)

4. the Milky Way galaxy is moving away from the big bang and from other galaxies at enormous speed.

you can add another one if you are in a train, plane or automobile right now.

So, now that we are aware of this fact and also of the interconnectedness of Space-time we are forced to realise that in order to move in time we also must move in space. Where we are ‘now’ is not where we were even a few seconds ago nor will it be where we are next year.

Newton observed that any object in motion will continue in that motion until an unbalanced force acts upon it. Newtons First Law of Motion, also known as Law of Inertia.

In order for us to move through space-time it requires the use of an ‘unbalanced’ force, whether it be to walk along a beach, fly in a plane or journey to Mars, or even to move through time. A force must be placed upon the object to be moved and either attract it (like a magnet does steel) or repel it, like our feet do against the earth and gravity.

This force requires energy. Moving in 3d space requires energy proportional to the distance to be moved and the mass being moved and the objects initial momentum, which is proportional to the objects velocity.

As we saw above any object on earth has an enormous resultant velocity, even stationary ones, and hence enormous momentum to overcome.

So time travel would require energy not only to move in the time dimension  but also significant quantities to move in the physical dimensions. And here is another ‘catch’ – just what do we push against, or attract with to move through the time dimension? To what and to where, exactly, is this force to be applied?

Something else we never normally consider in time travel is the concept in physics of conservation.

Things like mass/energy, momentum and angular momentum must be ‘conserved’ and yet if time travel were possible, there could be more mass and therefore more momentum/angular momentum in the future (if we travel to the future) or the past, if we travel back in time, than there is ‘now’ when we are no longer there. That could make things very confusing indeed.

I think the final ‘proof’ that time travel is not possible however is a very simple to understand one.

Given what we know of our human nature – if time travel was possible (at least in a backwards direction) we surely should have had some evidence of it somewhere in our ‘past’ by now?

That’s a pretty huge ‘secret’ to keep without any hints of being suspected. – Probably! 😉

Why Time Travel Is (Probably) Impossible! (Part 2)

( for part 1 see here).

OK – so part 1 seems to contradict it’s title… by travelling at or very near the speed of light our time slows down relative to a ‘stationary’ observer so that we seem to be able to travel forwards in time relative to them! (But not so relative to us).

So how about going backwards in time? Can we go ‘back’ once we have gone ‘forwards’? Sadly, not by the same method. We can skip ahead by travelling at high speed but we can’t skip back. This is because Time slows down for us relative to a stationary observer. The slowest speed we can travel at is always a positive number or else it is zero – which means we are not moving at all relative to them and our timelines are identical, while we travel at the same speed as them. Travelling in the ‘reverse’ direction is possible in space (forward v backwards, up v down, etc.) but it is always a positive speed relative to a stationary observer; we cannot travel in reverse ‘speed’.

Although Einstein showed it to be impossible for anything with mass to travel faster than the speed of light -because, as you approach that speed, time seems to slow to zero – some have hypothesised that if you could go any faster time would start to travel in the ‘reverse’ direction – As Star Trek and a few other Sci Fi movies like to have us believe could be possible. But we can’t and so it isn’t (probably!) 😉

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Physicists hold out a hope for those who want to travel back in time however. To understand why it is necessary to rethink how we view both Time, and Space.

To most of us Time is different to space: we know we can move in any combination of 3 directions called ‘dimensions’  (up/down, left/right, into screen/out of screen) whereas time for us is only in one direction and we cannot move in it in any way other than by seconds that can’t be stopped (but see time and speed in part 1).

Einstein though, developed an entirely new concept – Space-Time, where instead of our 3 dimensional space universe the Universe is actually a four dimensional structure (here is where most minds start to really ‘boggle’ – we know we can simulate a 3d image on a 2d screen, that’s how old televisions and pictures work. These days the effect is improved with the use of glasses or special screens on our TV or cinemas. To simulate a 4d ‘image’ though would need a minimum of three dimensions and some pretty fancy special effects. You can’t do it any justice with a 2d picture – so i won’t even try.

What is important about it though is this… it treats time just like any of the other dimensions. it has a forwards/backwards, up/down thing going on with Time. In space-time every point in time AND space can be uniquely defined, anything in the ‘now’ our past, or our future EXISTS as a possible ‘point’ in space time.

As for the ‘backwards’ part in Time Travel? Physics proposes that things called ‘wormholes’ are possible in space-time, things similar to the ‘bubbles’ in a block of Swiss cheese. If we could enter one of these and live they could (emphasis on  the 2nd ‘could’) be a ‘shortcut’ through space-time to another point. They could connect two points massively far apart in space- or in time, or both!

Travelling through the wormhole would take far less time to travel between those points than it would if we used conventional methods – like walking or ‘fast’ spaceships. (Note: walking is NOT recommended for travel in actual space). Theoretically we could go ‘back’ in time. ONE of the main difficulties though would be the ability to determine where the wormhole ‘came out’.

Our conscious perspective of time is that the time dimension just ‘goes’ one way, one speed… but that is JUST our perspective. Different ‘observers’ in different places and possibly moving at different speeds to us will have different perspectives of our ‘reality’.

This means that different people see the same things happening at different times and in different places.

Weirdly, something that we see as happening in the ‘past’ someone else might see as happening in our ‘now’.

Even weirder, something we think of as ‘will happen’ in our future ( say a solar eclipse) someone else could see as happening in our ‘now’. Their perspective has the exact equal validity as does ours.

This means that the past, future and present may all exist simultaneously, for all of us! Altering our ability to perceive a thing may mean we can see the future, or see the past as though it is happening ‘now’ and what we perceive of as a one way stream of time is just an illusion created by our consciousness and our speed as we travel through space-time. (Remember time effectively slows down to zero, there IS NO ‘time’ at light speed, relative to a stationary observer).

But i digress… the post is supposed to be why Time Travel is (probably) impossible…

I’ll show you, in part 3! 😉

Why Time Travel Is (Probably) Impossible! (Part 1)

Bob can’t help himself (let me count the ways!), but when it comes to watching science documentary’s Bob’s brain goes into hypermode afterwards.

Case in Point: Brian Greene’s ‘The Fabric of the Cosmos – Illusion of Time’.

It discussed our current understanding of just what Time is and how it seemingly only ‘moves’ in one direction and at a constant pace (to us here on earth – although we make the assumption it must be that way ‘everywhere’) It is this appearance that has given rise to the phrase ‘River of Time’. We float like we are on a raft on a smoothly flowing river; we can move in any direction over the river’s uneven surface but the river (Time) keeps on moving always in the one direction and at the same speed.

Or rather we used to believe so.

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Albert Einstein believed, through his equations for Special Relativity, that time actually travelled at various rates, for various observers, depending upon their speed relative to each other. It was not until the 70’s, many years after his death, thanks to jet planes and spacecraft and atomic clocks, that man was actually able to prove Einstein was right! Time really does ‘move’ more slowly for someone who is moving faster relative to us.

So Time may be a river but it ‘flows’ literally at varying speed.

Contrary to what you might expect, the faster you travel (relative to an observer, on earth, say), the slower your time actually ‘moves’, when compared to the ‘stationary’ observer. To you however things just seem to keep ‘ticking along’ normally, you don’t notice that you have ‘slowed down’.

Einstein predicted that as you got closer to a speed equal to the fastest speed possible – that of light – your ‘time’ becomes so slow that, to an observer back on Earth for you, time appears to have stood still! Your clock does not appear to move at all (whereas in your reference frame time appears to be moving ‘normally’).

If you were able to turn your ship around and return to earth you would find, quite alarmingly, that while your trip only took you perhaps a couple of months, many years had passed back on Earth IN THE ‘SAME’ TIME!

It would be as if, by travelling at such an enormous velocity, you had travelled ‘forward’ in Time itself.

This is of course, Impossible (But none-the-less true!)

NEXT: see Part 2.