Bringing a logical response to the irrational notion of time reversibility
Science is, without a doubt, source of tremendous progress. But does it also have a dark and misleading side? I have identified one, which may have some severe social consequences for the human spirit and for civilisation.
The beginning of the last century saw the advent of criteria contrarian to those valid since ancient Greek science. Physics, in particular, has introduced a number of irrational and counter-intuitive explanations of natural phenomena at an increasing pace. These range from effects without causes in quantum physics to bizarre time travel scenarios in relativity theory. They also include inflation and fantastic properties of empty space in cosmology.
Under currently accepted physical mechanisms, particles can pop out from nothing and dark energy and dark matter do exist. Parallel worlds are also being discussed. Meanwhile, the unimaginable conditions during the Big Bang, the supposed microscopic start for the estimated 500 billion galaxies in the universe, are being addressed in expensive experiments.
Mainstream science appears to assume that humans have a limited rational ability and therefore that we should give preference to sophisticated abstract mathematical models. In this context, theoretical physical sciences proceed along unchecked, leaving aside thousands of dissident scientists, who have expressed different opinions.
The mechanisms of such research–that is far from understandable reality–are only accessible to scientists who are specialised in relevant fields. However, its consequences are already taught to pupils in schools and popularised on a broad scale on television. This is because they are accepted as facts, which are deserving instruction and research funding.
If the universe started in an explosive chaos and is expected to end in a dead black out, if time is an illusion and logic cannot even help understanding the behaviour of the smallest particles, how does this situation encourage us to keep order in our local world? Why should people make big efforts to think and act rationally, when only computers can apparently calculate reality?
Resignation and indifference
I would argue that theoretical physics with its current thrust into the realms of counter-intuitivity and irrationality is damaging. More specifically, it is psychologically undermining our will and determination to carefully deal with our environment and our future. Worse, it is creating resignation and indifference.
But how can such a development be challenged?
The solution lies in attacking irrational theoretical physics concepts on their weakest point: their understanding of time. We may assume what everyone can see, that in nature time is fundamentally oriented in one direction and irreversible.
Then, this interpretation of how time flows also needs to be applied to quantum physics, the realms of atoms and elementary particles. Let’s first ask theoretical physicists to disprove that processes in nature are time oriented. All their sophisticated theories contradict such interpretation as they rely on fundamental laws allowing time to be reversed.
Time, then, is not an illusion. Then, our world becomes very different from a Big Bang universe. Its function is logical, more intelligent, simpler, and more plausible. The start, development and fate of the universe are controlled by information, which already nature learned to apply intelligently.
Many scientists have claimed new approaches, which later turned out to be wrong. What is different here?
Since ancient times people have observed that everything is changing and nothing is being reversed. Even today no experiment can prove that time is invertible. Then it is not surprising that theories basing on reversibility must yield a bizarre, irrational universe.
Let us challenge such constructs and conclude, like Heraclitus, that the world is a stream without return. Then students will be able to better distinguish between fact and fiction, in the same way that humans living in prehistory age did. Although they were open for mysticism and imagination, they acted in an entirely logical way when confronted with real challenges of survival. And theoretical physicists, facing reality, I believe, will discover even more fascinating opportunities.
Helmut is physicist and professor for physical chemistry who retired from the Free University, and the Helmholtz-Centre for Materials and Energy, both in Berlin, Germany. He specialised in the conversion of sustainable energy and in bio-mimetic energy systems, a subject which he still teaches at the Carinthia University of Applied Sciences in Austria. He recently launched an initiative to convince the science community that the existence of a fundamental time arrow, whereby time is only passing in one direction, supports the interpretation of a logical universe, distinct from counterintuitive theories such as those found in quantum physics. He has published more than 450 scientific publications and 10 books and now lives on his mountain farm in Friuli, Italy.
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