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Re: An essay in futility, too long to read :)
« Reply #1050 on: 22/04/2013 02:12:31 »
You might be able to define it as 'at rest', but then only relative itself. And then you first need to define a scale to it, as I think, to make it meaningful. Because, how can I define something not existing more than in its annihilation (and the symmetry represented from a recoil) as being at rest, with what? With itself possibly..
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« Reply #1051 on: 22/04/2013 02:43:23 »
But it is a very good point you had there Ethos, one I haven't considered at all :) So i need to think about it. But assuming light to be a clock doesn't define it being at rest. Unless we use a static universe, sheets upon sheets, each sheet locally and globally 'at rest', the arrow and 'c' together with frames of reference defining propagation etc. But from that point of view there is no motion anywhere. So everything is 'at rest', The arrow giving us a illusion of motion and if you want to be strict, free will.

I don't like that one too much, I want my universe to in-cooperate free will, and indeterminism :)
It's so much more elegant :)
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« Reply #1052 on: 22/04/2013 02:59:14 »
Maybe it is possible to define it as static under Planck scale, with indeterminism probability and statistics creating free will (locally defined) over Planck scale though? I guess that's what I may be aiming for, thinking of it. But I don't really know what it will lead too. I just know what I prefer :)
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« Reply #1053 on: 22/04/2013 03:58:14 »


I don't like that one too much, I want my universe to in-cooperate free will, and indeterminism :)
It's so much more elegant :)
I too prefer free will and desire the evidence for it's existence. And Quantum theory proposes chaos as the vehicle by which indeterminate outcomes are made possible. I'm not sure how I feel about that because I keep going back to the rule of: Cause and Effect

Nevertheless, I like you would prefer an indeterminate universe where free will can be exercised. And there are other rationales that could fit in with this view.

Say for example, the existence of discrete and separate futures. I should first make it clear, that even though I prefer free will, I tend to gravitate more toward the deterministic view. And truly, I'd prefer to be in error regarding that.

In any case, if the discrete units of quantum measure can be a shadow of the Macro scale, then we may have hope. Consider the unit of Planck time. If as we believe, these units are discrete and singular, why wouldn't this carry over into the reality we observe as passage of time in the familiar world we live in? Because these units are so small and come at us so fast, we might never expect every day experience to parallel such events.






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« Reply #1054 on: 22/04/2013 11:08:01 »
There are some nice arguments for free will. Indeterminism is one, HUP another, both of them relating to particles. And there you can use it for a singular view, although defining 'frames of reference' to Planck scale you then need to assume that those frames somehow becomes a multitude at a 'rest mass' scale. Maybe 'free will' is a result of complexity?
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« Reply #1055 on: 22/04/2013 11:12:01 »
Ahh, and superpositions naturally. Although that gets its definition from a probability you still have the idea of 'multi verses'. They representing 'branchings' from the most probable outcome, not realized in this universe, although becoming real expressions in some other 'reality'.
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« Reply #1056 on: 22/04/2013 11:16:43 »
Using paths I see nothing forbidding  a further complexity. You can add branches everywhere, some of them relating to what we measure, others relating to what we can't measure. It all becomes a question of relations, constants, and paths defining what we see. I can keep the idea of multi verses existing here and now, in our universe, as well as assume that some of those branches won't be measurable for us. And I do not need to assume that each branch 'creates' its own universe. Because if there is a 'final reality' I would expect that one to represent it all, what we measure and what we can't. And that one would preferably be a static representation, under that mysterious Plank scale as I think.
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« Reply #1057 on: 22/04/2013 11:18:45 »
as I said, speculations is my forte :)
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« Reply #1058 on: 22/04/2013 11:34:36 »
There are two ways to consider it. Assuming that 'final reality' you either define it as static, which fits the way I define a arrow at Planck scale, or you define it as it is the outcomes, measurable, that defines the future. It then becomes a very probabilistic universe, like a iceberg, in where this is it. The rest, unmeasurable, is just what we need to allow for this universe to contain our 'free will'. If it always is so that we only get the most probable outcome this universe indeed would be deterministic, but as far as I know this isn't true. We can, and will, find outcomes that's not of a 'highest probability'. So the universe becomes indeterministic in my thoughts, with probability giving us a 'overall direction' that makes for a logic.
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« Reply #1059 on: 22/04/2013 11:38:31 »
You can also use statistics and 'trends' to find the same. On a local level there is no way for me to know what you will do, I can only guess. But over a whole population we will see what we call trends materializing. So locally I can't define it, but over a population it becomes possible to see statistically significant trends. Locality is a nice idea.
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« Reply #1060 on: 23/04/2013 17:18:49 »
You can also use statistics and 'trends' to find the same. On a local level there is no way for me to know what you will do, I can only guess. But over a whole population we will see what we call trends materializing. So locally I can't define it, but over a population it becomes possible to see statistically significant trends. Locality is a nice idea.
There is a fellow named; Bruce Bueno de Mesquita that has produced a statistical algorithm surrounding probability that has been rather successful in predicting coming events. He is keeping the math very secret at the present but I sure wish he would allow someone involved in the physical sciences to play with his formula. Never know what we might discover???

Anyone interested can find him on Wikipedia, just type in the name.
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Re: An essay in futility, too long to read :)
« Reply #1061 on: 24/04/2013 01:23:00 »
Hmm

"Bruce Bueno de Mesquita is a master of game theory, which is a fancy label for a simple idea: People compete, and they always do what they think is in their own best interest. Bueno de Mesquita uses game theory and its insights into human behavior to predict and even engineer political, financial, and personal events. His forecasts, which have been employed by everyone from the CIA to major business firms, have an amazing 90 percent accuracy rate, and in this dazzling and revelatory book he shares his startling methods and lets you play along in a range of high-stakes negotiations and conflicts.

Revealing the origins of game theory and the advances made by John Nash, the Nobel PrizeŚwinning scientist perhaps best known from A Beautiful Mind, Bueno de Mesquita details the controversial and cold-eyed system of calculation that he has since created, one that allows individuals to think strategically about what their opponents want, how much they want it, and how they might react to every move. "

Reminds me of some other predictions made, that worked until the bottom fell out. Not saying that it won't work, it sounds very behavioristic, and those setting the courses for a country are usually people living up to his description, as a guess. Pragmatists and canon boat politicians, if they can get away with it. Those not so forceful will still be pragmatists I guess. A very male approach to reality, one hand at your gun :) but that one time it won't work, depending on how much one trust the prediction made, can make for a really big mistake.
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Re: An essay in futility, too long to read :)
« Reply #1062 on: 24/04/2013 01:33:34 »
If everyone use his model we may have ourselves world peace.
Based on strength, power, and greed.
But they better not deviate.
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although It's not as simple as that review made it sound. It has also to do with personal values, and they change the game. But what it builds on is a amount of greed existing, even in a altruistic person. although the greed may be for something else than what one commonly think of as a personal winning. Assume you're a saint, at least that you consider yourself to be one. Then what you might want for is not yourself but the world. That I can use for my strategy, and place you in such a situation that I will get what I want, and you will find yourself without options, depending on how the game is set up and what rules we give it. So it's a weird blend between psychology and mathematics it seems.

you might say that it is mathematics, but based on assumptions of what you value, relative what I value. But not as simple as greed, although that depends on how one define it. Is it greedy to want freedom of speech, for example?

And for every new individual you introduce the difficulties must rise. Either you find a way to set defined rules, to minimize interactions from and with new individuals, or you need to find some statistical factor by which you can assume it to work, as in equalizing out, as it seems to me. That must be some weird equation, if it now is a set one. But I don't believe it can be myself. There are most probably coefficients to it that change with what the situation is. What I mean there is that you 'weight' the numbers depending on situation.
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« Reply #1063 on: 24/04/2013 02:32:01 »
In a 'best world scenario' it reminds me of that definition of a compromise.

I don't get what I want, and you don't get what you want, but after we're done we both go away, thinking that "the other fella at least got it worse than me" :)
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« Reply #1064 on: 24/04/2013 03:28:33 »
but after we're done we both go away, thinking that "the other fella at least got it worse than me" :)
Ha, ha, ha, good one yor_on, that is sooooo very true. I had a real chuckle reading that.
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« Reply #1065 on: 24/04/2013 04:20:26 »
If you remember, I sent you a message a while back concerning the formula;...
(6/pi)^.5

I've been doing some calculations regarding the relationship between phi and pi. And after careful examination, I feel confident now to post the results.

The equivalence between both sides of the equation are correct to the fourth decimal. Not outstanding, but, after looking somewhat deeper, I have seen the equivalence narrowing and converging as both the figures for pi and phi extend out to more decimal places.

At any rate, here is the very simple equation:

..........[(phi)^2 times 6 equals pi time 5]

..........(1.6180339)^2 * 6 = 3.141592654 * 5

When figuring (6/3.141593) * 2.618034: 6/pi * phi^2 = 5.0000875
When figuring (6/3.1415926) * 2.6180339: 6/pi * phi^2 = 5.0000765

Because both pi an phi are transcendental, both pi and phi decimals continue theoretically to infinity. Resulting in a convergence on the integer (5).

This all relates to the suspicion we've had concerning fractals being a very important issue surrounding reality. I'll need more time to construct the whole idea but it appears to me like spheres play a central role.

Truly, I wish I could post graphics here because it would go a long way in simplifying these thoughts.




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« Reply #1066 on: 24/04/2013 11:42:33 »
Well, as far as I know you can, post graphics I mean? You want a fractal reality based on spheres then? One of the simplest fractals I know is to use a set of numbers, then taking the result and lift it into your equation. The Mandelbrot series for example. I haven't even started to wonder about what geometry a fractal universe needs myself :) although I presume that it should be related to the shapes we observe. Nature is not about angular lines, as far as I know, but about broken 'fractal' lines that you can magnify into infinity. But that is a guess from my side.
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« Reply #1067 on: 24/04/2013 11:47:02 »
But I found the reasoning around game theory to be very interesting. Because its assumption is a somewhat mechanical one, to me, behavioristic in a very set way of thinking. You might say that it will break down into quanta. Let us assume a world ruled by simple behavioristics, a set amount of local rules, same for us all. Does that mean that ethics have no place in it? Or would ethics be what makes those rules change?
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And what would ethics represent in such a equation, a sub-set or a new set , making the first equation its sub-set. If you look on how I define a arrow I'm using a defined 'speed' and from that I go out, redefining it into a clock. So which one is the sub-set there? Myself I don't think of it that way as both representations are there, side by side, simultaneously, to me that is.
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« Reply #1068 on: 24/04/2013 14:04:37 »
Well, as far as I know you can, post graphics I mean? You want a fractal reality based on spheres then?

I'm sure that is true, what I should have said is; I just don't know how to post these graphics myself. One could say that I'm still computer stupid. I haven't been at this computer stuff very long. 

And yes, the graphics I've composed involve spheres. If you are familiar with the phi spiral, one can draw a circle representing a sphere expanding outward from Planck length with each successive sphere surrounding the first. And the progression of spheres spirals according to the phi spiral.

This representation of reality is not as much about the actual shape of things as it is about the reason we have 3 spatial dimensions and one of time. As the spheres spiral, at 45 degree increments, it shows what I understand as Planck like units of freedom along with the expansion which shows the progression of time.

Do you know whether an AutoCAD file will post here, if so, maybe I can upload this file if I can figure out how to do it????
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« Reply #1069 on: 24/04/2013 15:02:56 »
you can take a screen shot (Prnt Scrn) of it, then change it into a 'jpeg' image, to post. And that should work. When it comes to what a reality is, to me, then I find it useful to use both sets of imagining. The arrow 'stopping' at Planck scale as our descriptions break down, with a simultaneous image of the universe as we normally describe it, using the speed of light in a vacuum. Because doing so it becomes more understandable to me that something as big as a universe might fit my pocket. It's dimensions again, but from another point of view. And we do become a sorts of projection, depending on how you look at it, from that.
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« Reply #1070 on: 24/04/2013 16:11:29 »
you can take a screen shot (Prnt Scrn) of it, then change it into a 'jpeg' image, to post.
I'm afraid now my ignorance will show itself. I don't understand (Prnt Scrn) or what a 'jpeg' image is. However, my sister in law is a computer expert. As soon as I can get her help, I will post these graphics.

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The arrow 'stopping' at Planck scale as our descriptions break down, with a simultaneous image of the universe as we normally describe it, using the speed of light in a vacuum.
Yes, ...........In this graph, the first sphere is one of Planck dia. As each discrete unit of Planck time ticks, as it were, another sphere will emerge surrounding it with a dia. increased by the factor of phi. The second sphere will not only be expanded by the factor of phi, it will also be twisted by 45 degrees. As this spiral extends thru one complete revolution, we see 4 discrete moments of dimensional position. Three physical dimensions expanding to complete one full rotation giving us our interpretation of passing moments.........."Time".
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Because doing so it becomes more understandable to me that something as big as a universe might fit my pocket. It's dimensions again, but from another point of view. And we do become a sorts of projection, depending on how you look at it, from that.
Yes,........because this vision of reality is not necessarily about a particular mass or volume, it is about how the dimensions evolve around each other expanding out into the natural world we observe. This model is the archetype or pattern only and does not control the extended outcome where chaos and probability dominate.

This last state is where Mr. Bueno de Mesquita's rationale might come into play.
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« Reply #1071 on: 24/04/2013 16:44:24 »
The problem, to me, with such a description Ethos, is that it presume a 'space' in where something twists. But I think you should post it so we can see how you mean before drawing any conclusions. prnt scr is just one of the buttons on your key board, storing it in 'clipboard' on windows. then you need to have a graphics program that can open the image, as psp -> 'paintshop pro', or similar, by choosing 'paste as new image' (if in psp). Then you change it by saving it as 'my image.jpg' and upload it.
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« Reply #1072 on: 25/04/2013 08:14:25 »
There is one point more. In a non propagating universe (light) it becomes meaningless to discuss it as being 'at rest'. Because what you get is very much alike a excitation in a field. Something created as a 'point like' expression, although related to, as I think, its environment (relations). You can imagine a field as something of a strength but I'm not sure you need propagation for it. The only thing you need is what we measure, a constant defining it as a (local) speed, and in my eyes, a simultaneously (locally defined) clock, aka 'arrow'.
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« Reply #1073 on: 25/04/2013 08:31:01 »
And that would give us a field with excitations, waves coming as a expression through its simultaneous clock (defined by relations too). But then we have one problem more and that would be observer dependencies. I take those seriously, otherwise I wouldn't use local definitions, and constants. That's my main beef with a field description, because to me it seems to assume a 'common 'same' universe'. Although if someone know how to describe this field from observer dependencies I will be very interested.

What my view makes easier to understand is also why a universe can be both small and infinite. You just need to use scales to see where dimensions lose their coherence.
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« Reply #1074 on: 25/04/2013 22:01:17 »
I've been thinking of taste. Did you know that it also is a geometry, translated into taste by our brains? That why artificial sweeteners works so well, not the same chemistry, instead a even better fit to our taste receptors. Does that makes what I taste redundant, or real? I call it real, but at a 'higher level' of reality. Because I do not taste a geometry, I taste a taste :) And so do you, well, most of us do, not all. But to me it has a real meaning, taste. If it didn't there would be no wine magazines at all.

But it is the geometry we taste.
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« Reply #1075 on: 30/04/2013 01:45:10 »
A very weird though from locality would be that we don't need a length contraction. We still need it from a same common universe though, just as Special Relativity/Aether and the MMX experiment shows us, there existing several other examples too, all joined by relativity and Lorentz transformations. And the same must then be true for time dilations,

If you define all uniform motion as being still, locally measured, you get a locally unmoving definition, although 'moving' relative other frames of references. And if all frames locally is equal, defined as I do? Then, where is the contraction? Scale? Would that matter for the definition of a frame of reference?
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Of course it must :) because the only way I can get to this 'local equivalence' is from using scales, defining a frame of reference to Planck scale.  But I can use it for a macroscopic definition too, assuming the particles defining some matter, to be approximately 'at rest' with each other.

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« Reply #1076 on: 30/04/2013 02:05:14 »
Is that universe any weirder than the one in where you are forced to accept length contractions, as being real, as well as time dilations, also being real? I don't think so myself, and it explains the arrow. I do not need to exchange it into a 'space' meeting a non rotating black hole. I can let it be what it is, 'c'.
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« Reply #1077 on: 30/04/2013 02:09:40 »
What is questions though are our 'dimensions' creating that 'common same universe' we all are supposed to exist in. And questioning those you will find that definitions of us all being 'fitted' into it can't be correct either. But constants exist, some of them defined from the mosaic we find this universe to express, expressed as 'one universe', other able to be defined from a very local point of view, as I see it.
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This one is interesting to me.
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« Reply #1078 on: 30/04/2013 02:21:00 »
In my definition we all see something different, and, locally true. And I refer it the way we have set up repeatable experiments as our stepping stone from where we define this universe, also pointing out that the only way you can measure that experiment, is locally, validating your neighbors (also) locally made experiment. There are two parts here to consider. One is my definition of all local experiments being equal, the other is all local arrows, as well as 'distances' being equal.
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« Reply #1079 on: 30/04/2013 02:24:13 »
And we do it in uniform motion, if we want it to be the exact same under a acceleration we need to accelerate equally to find a experiment to fit, being 'at rest' with each other in our accelerations. 
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« Reply #1080 on: 30/04/2013 02:33:15 »
You could see it one way more though. Because those constants we find is also locally defined, meaning that they are as real for me as they are for you. That one is sort of headache creating :) although perfectly consistent, if we assume that my thought up 'multi verses' need a same set of constants, to be experienced as one common universe :)

That one do make sense, but what would it make constants?
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« Reply #1081 on: 07/05/2013 12:46:53 »
You would have two sets of constants, wouldn't you?
One set relating to locality, the other relating to frames of reference.
And 'c' would then be what join them, as it exist as your local speed and clock as well as the information and force carriers between frames of reference, or 'localities' if you like.
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And then we have your local 'ruler', a result from frames of reference if this would be correct. That as you need restmass to define that ruler, and the resmass would then be a result from frames of reference joining it, if defined from a Planck scale.
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« Reply #1082 on: 10/05/2013 12:01:51 »
When it comes to 'c' I think of it from scaling, and what I refer to as a symmetry. The symmetry is the one between 'dimensions', of which 'c' is one. It also seem to relate to matter, as it is there we find the symmetry best described, although different 'bosons' can be defined to different speeds, relative a observer and some reference frame.

So scaling it down to 'locality' becomes something still being 'c' but, thought of as a clock having a oscillation, stopping it, locally defined, using Planck scale for defining it to that minimum limit of making sense physically.
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« Reply #1083 on: 10/05/2013 12:29:13 »
I think you need to see it my way to make any sense of the way I see it. Scaling something down, assuming dimensions to exist, what you are left with at Plank scale is something not in motion. One Plank length 'big' in where nothing, locally defined as in experimentally measured from that point should be able to move. But, will it still be observed to 'move', as defined from your frame of reference, observing it? I use locality defining it, not frames of reference.
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« Reply #1084 on: 10/05/2013 12:32:31 »
And that one becomes really weird, doesn't it? If now a frame of reference could be defined to a Planck scale, and if the definition locally describes it as a place without 'motion', and without the 'clock' I assume 'c' to be. How will I then be able to introduce a arrow to other 'frames of reference'?
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« Reply #1085 on: 10/05/2013 12:45:13 »
And that should then, hopefully, be scales, if I want to make any sense of it. At least as I suspect now. With scales you then will introduce 'frames of reference', and our 'common universe' defined by your local arrow.

And that makes frames of reference very strange. Although they already are, no matter how you think of it. The other way could be to assume 'c' to tick, even at that scale, but no longer as something 'moving', directly connected to how I think of light as non-propagating. Instead allow it to flicker at 'c'. You might be able to join those two, into something 'not flickering', by assuming that what defines lights behavior, is relations. And a isolated Planck scale 'point' could then possibly be defined to first demand relations, to be able to present us that 'flicker' (locally described). From my view that should be necessary, to make it simple, as any other description demands 'a arrow' allowing it to flicker.
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« Reply #1086 on: 10/05/2013 12:51:18 »
And to take that a step further. From a local point of view that light won't exist. Think it through and you should see why.
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« Reply #1087 on: 10/05/2013 12:59:23 »
So this universe, as I see it, exist through 'frames of reference'. And those exist through a local constant 'c', becoming a 'clock' (and a speed) as well as a definition of a ruler, created through 'dimensions', or as I prefer it, relations or 'paths'. A relation does not need to be existent at both end-points to exist, not if paths define it. And that one has definitely to do with what you think makes a universe. To my understanding it is us defining it, from (local) experiments, and then using (global) theoretical frameworks building on them. But relativity used 'c'.
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'Paths' as not needing end-points, is just a description of you looking for some linear connection, as causality or action and reaction, without finding it experimentally definable, although still needed theoretically. You can see that several ways, as it being loops and stings, or just something to us unmeasurable. To that you also should be able to join fractal behaviors, describing some sort of 'gestalt' that might define it.
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« Reply #1088 on: 10/05/2013 17:38:07 »
'Paths' as not needing end-points, is just a description of you looking for some linear connection, as causality or action and reaction, without finding it experimentally definable, although still needed theoretically.
This is the reason I suggest that a path forward, a path to the left, and a path upward are different degrees of freedom than the paths backward, to the right, or downward. This point has been very difficult for me to get across. When one travels forward, they are moving thru a completely different universe than one traveled backwards. And also, a path taken to the left or downward is not the same degree of freedom as one taken to the right or upward. The proof for this is one can not travel in both the forward and backward paths in the same quantum of time. They are therefore different degrees of freedom because time must always be considered when speaking about movement.
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To that you also should be able to join fractal behaviors, describing some sort of 'gestalt' that might define it.
And I agree, but the generation of the fractal pattern will advance in 6 degrees of freedom according to my interpretation of space. Because each segment of fractal regeneration will advance relative to the 3 dimensions of spatial reality but because of time:

The 4th dimension dictates that no individual fractal can both advance to the left and to the right at the same instant of time. Therefore, we must consider that there are not just 3 degrees of freedom, there must be 6.
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« Reply #1089 on: 10/05/2013 20:54:01 »
Don't take me too serious here Ethos :)
I'm starting to sound pompous ::))

I'm playing with concepts, more or less, to see if I find them sound 'sensible'. I might take them seriously at some time, but not yet, to me it's still a game of logic, although I do take some pieces of it seriously. Degrees of freedom are as you say directions, and we define three spatial, together with one arrow of time, to create this universe. Paths on the other hand can mean just about anything to me, as long as I theoretically find it to make some logic, and that mean a relation. I don't like the idea of dimensions that much :) So I try to ignore them, for now at least.  And no, I' not sure how I will find a new degree of freedom by traveling backwards instead of forward?

There are three spatial degrees of freedom, and they are always defined relative the 'observer', meaning that this observer may stand on his head 'up' in space, as far as I define it, from some inertial point. But we will both agree on those three 'dimensions' existing, even though his forward, or up, might become what I define as 'back and down'. And the arrow has only one direction, into the future as I think, no matter how you define a motion. That must be from my definitions, as I bind a arrow to 'c'.

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« Reply #1090 on: 10/05/2013 21:07:32 »
To me the arrow won't go backward. I'm using scales for it, and my expectation is that under Planck scale you shouldn't find a arrow any more. Instead I see it as probabilities, with those probabilities we see as outcomes being defined by what type of constants we have, and this universe's 'relations'. You might say that passing Planck scale you meet a universe of 'magic', but not really. I think of it as a place without causality, and arrow, instead using quantum logic. And our universe should then, in my eyes, become a symmetry break from that, defining four degrees of freedom for us to measure and experiment in.
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One could think of it as if there was no arrow, without this symmetry break. Neither should there be defined 'dimensions'. It's us defining dimensions as well as a clock. And distance is a description we use, as well as our clock. We define everything we imagine from where we are, and as we can't really do a 'local experiment', per my definitions, assuming it to be Planck scale, then we must experiment over 'frames of reference'. We have one more definition of joining a same frame though, being 'at rest' with what you measure (macroscopically). To define the arrow to go backwards is also to assume that it exist, free. But I see the arrow as a part of the dimensions we define, becoming a limit, not as something I can free from the rest of the limitations we meet macroscopically. And there should be no way you can pass 'c' (as a speed) as I suspect, although you might be able to tweak the 'dimensions' we have, possibly?
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« Reply #1091 on: 10/05/2013 23:40:31 »

  And no, I' not sure how I will find a new degree of freedom by traveling backwards instead of forward?

There are three spatial degrees of freedom, and they are always defined relative the 'observer',

About taking things too seriously, I suppose this issue I'm having trouble with isn't that important. Nevertheless, there seems to be something wrong with calling a choice between two distinct alternatives as a single degree of freedom. You're either free to go forward or backward but you can't do both at the same time.

But then again, maybe I just answered my own question. I suppose when we speak of a degree of freedom, we are talking about a choice between two alternatives. But if I then concede to these 3 degrees of spatial freedom, I must insist that there are still 6 completely different paths one could choose from the point of origin. And even though, there certainly exist an infinite number of paths possible, there can be only 6 when referring strictly to the spatial dimensions you and I recognize as length, width, and depth. Because when we move, we must always start from a point of origin. Along the dimension of length, we can choose a path into a universe before us or the one behind us. And the universe before us is not the same one as the one behind us.

So more correctly I suppose, one could say that we have two paths of choice when dealing with length. And likewise, two for width and depth also.

Three degrees of spatial freedom with six different paths to choose from. Like the arrow of time, each of these six paths is different and distinct one from the other. Many scientists also suggest that time has two different and distinct paths, one arrow into the future, and one into the past.
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« Reply #1092 on: 11/05/2013 00:44:00 »
Defining it as degrees of freedom instead of dimensions in this universe, you can pick your choice of direction from a spherical definition, at most, I think? When I think of it here I'm using it in the same manner as we use dimensions, assuming you measure some piece of matter. You get a length a height and a width, as well as the time it took measuring. Although I use degrees of freedom instead of 'dimensions' accentuating that this is what it really is about, not that piece of matter really, but three defined ways to describe our universe together with time, defining a SpaceTime position. And as you think, I too think there might be more degrees of freedom, although myself I consider them to be not measurable.

As for what direction a fractal should be described as I'm unsure. Myself I think of it as self like, and able to scale.

I've been thinking about relativistic mass. You send something away close to light speed, it gets a relativistic mass (energy). As measured from the front, you trying to stop it apply one force, doing the same at a right angle you aply another 'force'. Although it is arguably correct that if you tried to stop it at a angle you should need to use the same force as if trying to stop it from the front, probably more, as you would work with friction. I don't like that example because there is no way you can deflect from the front, you should need to use angles to deflect, no matter if you're in front of it, or at its side, as it seems to me? Isn't that one a flawed proposition?

Or is it correct?

It doesn't matter, or maybe it does :) but if a uniform motion doesn't store a 'energy', then where is the 'energy' created through a uniform 'speed' stored? In the vacuum?

How?

I don't see how it can be the vacuum, it must be a result from a symmetry, or 'system' if you like. The problem is that I see no way to define a added energy to object uniformly moving relative some other uniformly moving object. Locally it should be unmeasurable, although definable relative the CBR for example. But that is not a vacuum.
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« Reply #1093 on: 11/05/2013 01:04:22 »
Gravity will be the same, no matter Earths uniform speed, relative some other frame of reference. Not so in a acceleration though, uniform constant accelerations will be equivalent to a added gravity according to the equivalence principle. In a acceleration we have a definition of gravity increasing locally, which might be seen as if the vacuum (energy) acted on Earths acceleration. And as I assume this to continue to be a local definition, no matter how one define a frame of reference scale-wise? Either the vacuum, or strictly locally. But then we have those uniform speeds?
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« Reply #1094 on: 11/05/2013 01:21:32 »
They will 'shrink' a distance in front of you, doesn't matter if it is a acceleration or a uniform motion. So they influence a vacuum, locally defined. But if you use a experiment, aka Casimir force, to measure a different 'vacuum energy', due to your uniform motion (speed), I'm prepared to bet that it won't make a difference, no matter how many times you accelerate between those 'uniform motion' measurements. So how do one prove how, or if, a vacuum store energy?

Because isn't that what science is about, proving by experiments? We know that different uniform speeds, as in acceleration chambers, do express different energies in a collision. But I'm afraid I can't see it as a proof of a vacuum energy? To me that is more of a proof of collisions, and different uniform speeds, existing. Muon's are a very nice indirect example of a universe 'shrinking' though, as I see no simpler definition of those experiments.
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« Reply #1095 on: 11/05/2013 01:24:35 »


As for what direction a fractal should be described as I'm unsure. Myself I think of it as self like, and able to scale.


Yes, maybe similar to the way a crystal grows? Or as someone has also suggested, like a snowflake growing from a nuclear seed. I tend to see a sphere scaling up from a Planck length where the center remains at the center of the final object until a budding off point is reached where new spheres develop similar to cell creation in living organisms. This is of course way to simple an explanation but, on the other hand, I keep remembering what Einstein said about simplicity being the ideal remedy.
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« Reply #1096 on: 11/05/2013 01:50:55 »
Well, somehow it seems to impose a complexity from simple principles and that is what I like too Ethos. As for it having a defined center, I'm not as sure though? Think of it as a picture, some fractals you can zoom in, about anywhere you like, and still find it to be 'self like', all of it becoming a sort of 'extended center'. But there exist different types of course.

Anyway :) if all uniform motions are equivalent, locally measured. And we still define it such as a (particle chamber) collisions being proof of different uniform speeds? Either the vacuum, but I don't think that one is experimentally provable, although it should be? Because you only have two definitions, something uniformly 'moving' relative? A vacuum? If I define it that way, I also should be able to define a single object as 'moving' in a otherwise empty, infinite space.

To get that 'speed' you need at least two objects, and it doesn't matter which one you define to move, as it seems to me? It's a symmetry to me, in where it is the 'system' that defines the collision. And I think I can add it up, to as many objects I like, and still define it this way. I don't need a vacuum for it, but I need frames of reference. And I need some other definition of a motion, to make it make sense. Because I think we're down to two definitions here, accelerations as something locally measurable, uniform motions as equivalently 'unmoving', not locally measurable.
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« Reply #1097 on: 11/05/2013 02:19:03 »
If I define it that way, I also should be able to define a single object as 'moving' in a otherwise empty, infinite space.
The only way to measure a single object moving in empty infinite space would be to accelerate it. I don't think we could notice any movement without some acceleration.
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Because I think we're down to two definitions here, accelerations as something locally measurable, uniform motions as equivalently 'unmoving', not locally measurable.
True, but something just crossed my mind that I've never considered before.

How do we define an object moving away from a local frame using only a visual index? We naturally see it shrink in size. This may sound like a silly question but, how can we be sure that it hasn't really shrunk?  Stupid question I know. That would turn things completely upside down wouldn't it?
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« Reply #1098 on: 11/05/2013 02:28:39 »
Heh, you introduce frames of reference there Ethos, and a system consisting of two frames of reference macroscopically, as two planets leaving each other. As soon as you have two objects you have frames of reference, and that da*ned space :) But locally, you being at rest with one of the planets, you shouldn't find anything changing. But sure, you could instead of a motion define it as shrinking, if not using a measurement, as some light signal or otherwise defining a distance. And yeah, something treating it as 'unmoving' locally still giving us the effects we associate to motion would be real interesting :)
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« Reply #1099 on: 11/05/2013 02:37:00 »
You mentioned the Muon before, the heavier electron particle being proof for a shrinking. I haven't heard about this before but several years ago, I considered how we would prove the universe was expanding without also considering that matter might be shrinking as also an explanation. Just a thought...........another silly idea of mine. My mind wanders a lot....................
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