| The theory I've been working on holds that beyond, (or above, or outside) the space-time continuum we call the universe exists something I call the Trans-Light State. This would be the state of existence which prevails once the light barrier has been broken.
Yes, I understand, and agree, that nothing can accelerate to faster-than-light speeds, but not for the reasons commonly given. This is because, once the light barrier is broken, time ceases to pass, and without time, the very concepts identified by the terms "faster than," and "travel," become meaningless. Now, since it stands to reason that all of existence, (i.e., inside and outside the trans-light state), is continuous, it makes sense to consider what happens at the interface between our space-time continuum and the trans-light state.
Logically, something in the trans-light state would manifest itself in our four-dimensional "reality" as an omnipresent, (i.e., with no apparent speed), eternal entity... or "field." Two possibilities come to mind: gravity and magnetism. Because magnetism, per unit mass, is about 10^39 more powerful than gravity, I've chosen to consider magnetism.
So yes, I'm ASSUMING that the trans-light state exists, and further assuming that what we call magnetism is a manifestation of something in the trans-light state which impinges on our universe. The relationship of the trans-light state to the space-time continuum is described in the next paragraph. Unlike the usual modern scientific approach, I'm suggesting we move from theory to experiment, and THEN to the math formulae. I'll describe one of several possible experiments at the end of this piece.
According to the theory, magnetism in its "free" state, (i.e., untethered to matter), exists in the trans-light state as a kind of standing wave... or helix... or, as has been suggested, a circle drawn over time... one "turn" encompassing the entire material universe. Since, as has been explained, nothing can "travel faster than" light, we can say that the helix propagates at just the other side of the light barrier.
Now, should that helix be compressed, (by something like, say, the Big Bang), the speed of propagation drops to less than c, and we get what we call light, or energy. Should the helix be FURTHER compressed, so that, like an abused Slinky toy, the spiral coil develops kinks... that's what we call matter. The larger the "kink," the greater the mass, and the larger the number of "loose ends", (i.e., the points at which the coil enters and leaves the "knot"), the greater the gravity. So I'm saying that gravity is a byproduct of a particularly degraded form of "free" magnetism.
I'd therefore describe electromagnetism as the manifestation of a type of harmonic resonance between the spiral path of the electric current as it travels around the would-be magnet, and the "crushed" magnetic spirals of which the matter is itself composed.
Now, because, as suggested, magnetism exists at the very interface between our universe and the trans-light state, it seems logical that the transition from magnetism as we know it to the trans-light state would involve a relatively tiny input of energy. My contention is that this is what happens when a magnet is heated to the Curie Point and suddenly loses its magnetic properties. In other words, what then takes place is that the magnetic flux which until then has been "tethered" to matter... circulating around and through the magnet in a three-dimensional torus... is "liberated" to rejoin the trans-universal helix, or standing wave. There is already some experimental evidence which seems to indicate that "something" exits the north pole of every magnet and enters the south pole. I'm saying that, at the Curie Point, this "something" doesn't just disappear or “collapse,” as is currently believed, but continues to propagate, albeit in a virtually straight line from the north pole. For the vanishingly small instant of time in which this happens, our magnet can be said to be a pseudo-monopole; the south pole still exists, but it is now at the furthest end of the universe, i.e., at the other end of the trans-universal helix, allowing us to make use of the pseudo-monopole as if it were IN FACT a monopole.
Such pulsing pseudo-monopoles, employed in conjunction with neutral density encapsulation, might be used to create a viable interstellar drive. I can supply more details of this on request, but we're getting a little ahead of ourselves.
Align two small bar magnets precisely, so that the north pole of one faces the north pole of the other, with the two magnets separated by a distance great enough so that the "fields" no longer interact to any currently measurable degree... say 10 feet. The alignment would be vertical; one magnet 10 feet above the other. The upper magnet is then heated to the Curie Point. What we'd be looking for is a “push” on the unheated magnet; an extraordinarily brief time during which the unheated magnet appears to "weigh" more.
If this impulse effect is NOT observed, it doesn't necessarily invalidate the theory; it's possible that the effect happens so quickly that it eludes our ability to detect it. In that case, the experiment should be tried again, this time with the heated magnet encased in a constantly charged DC electrical coil, and with its temperature rapidly raised and lowered to just above and just below the Curie Point.
As I mentioned, should a pseudomonopolar drive prove feasible, it would be possible to leave and re-enter our space-time continuum by using the drive to propel a vessel through the light barrier and into the trans-light state.
It occurs to me that, in such a case, the vector chosen could be quite significant. As you sit reading this, you are traveling at a significant percentage of the speed of light... a combination of the vectors involved in the rotation of the Earth on its axis, its orbit around the Sun, the Sun's orbit around the galactic core and the galaxy's movement through the universe. These various motions (some perhaps canceling out others) result in a net vector, and a net velocity.
So, of all the possible vectors which could be chosen, two could have special significance; moving "along" the net vector would give a vessel a "head start" on attaining light speed, at which point time ceases to pass, while moving "against" that vector would be to approach Absolute Rest, in which state time passes infinitely quickly, according to Einstein.
But if, in the course of accelerating along one of these two "special" vectors, one enters the trans-light state, then one can be said to have "dropped out" of our material universe in either a "forward" or "backwards" direction.
Imagine standing on a long, flat-bed train traveling at a fixed velocity, and then either running in the direction of travel, but at a higher velocity, and jumping off, or running backwards, against the direction of travel, before jumping off. In the first case, if one could rejoin the train before any time has passed, one would find oneself closer to the front of the train. In the latter case, one would find oneself nearer the caboose.
The analogy is not perfect, but I hope it serves to make my point -- that leaving the space-time continuum by accelerating into the trans-light state along the already-existing net vector of travel, or against that vector, should mean it is possible (inevitable maybe) that one would "rejoin the train" -- i.e. re-enter the material universe, at a point either "ahead of" or "behind" the point of departure.
See here for a scientist's use of this idea.
Thoughts on Hubble's "red shift" and two predictions.
It occurs to me that when Hubble invoked the Doppler Effect to "explain" the odd spectral signatures he was seeing from distant galaxies, it was an inspired guess, but wrong. Rather than resulting from the "red shifting" or "blue shifting" of light -- and hence implying movement away from or toward the viewer -- these signatures were exactly what they seemed to be: it is not light which "shifts" but matter.... or, more accurately, the smallest constituent of matter.
My prediction is that when this smallest constituent is finally discovered, it will be found to have a locally constant, but universally variable mass. In other words, the mass of that smallest particle will vary across the universe, dependent on the mass of the "parent body" of which it is a part, but will be a constant within any one such "parent body" -- that constant being about 10^-39 the mass of the parent body.
By the term "parent body" I'm referring to the theory's suggestion that matter comes into existence in "clumps" which are rarely less massive than a galaxy, or more massive than a galactic cluster. The mass of matter's smallest constituent will vary, depending on the mass of the "clump" in which it is found.
As a consequence of these differences in the mass of their smallest particle, the spectra of the "parent bodies" in which they appear may well fall into the "invisible" ends of the electromagnetic spectrum... explaining what we call "dark matter."
I predict that the ratio of "dark" matter to visible matter will echo the ratio between the visible and invisible portions of the electromagnetic spectrum.
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March 4, 2005