"The mind is a compact, multiply connected thought mass with internal connections of the most intimate kind. It grows continuously as new thought masses enter it, and this is the means by which it continues to develop."

Bernhard Riemann On Psychology and Metaphysics ca. 1860

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Saturday, November 24, 2007

In Defense of Time

It seems that the aforementioned professor Krauss has gotten into the Kickapoo joy juice again. It seems we have now somehow transcendentally just kicked the universe into a hyperdrive paroxysm of heap big heat death entropy by playing peak-a-boo with it. But don't worry, I think if we can just hitch a ride on the time reversal theory of unrelativity we can undo our fate, mayhaps.
Joking aside, the extraordinary discovery of DNA coiling like a sort of mainspring in cyanobacteria compels me to speculate on a real quality of connection between our conception of time and the earth's diurnal rotation. I believe there must be a coherence between a biological wave form like the pacemaker or autowave and this coiling and uncoiling activity of gyrase and topoisomerase enzymes. In human terms, this quality of time is like a sort of carrier wave. Gauss' higher arithmetic supplies the framework for Riemann's multi-dimensional manifold conception. Which is to say, that we can model a multitude of interconnected cycles exhibiting dimensional qualities. (But this in no way gives us the latitude to believe that we can reify these dimensions as truly physical a la string theory.)
But there is something beyond this biological clock conception of time which is distinctively human. Riemann also supplied the means to model a wave function that supersedes the speed at which the medium can carry it. And it is here that the wave form moves from a positive curvature simply radiating outward through the Mach cone series to a negative curvature.
Now carry this image over into the multi-dimensional manifold of human societal relations. Our economy at any one phase should be able to sustain the population. We have a nexus of resources and technologies that make this possible. But due to the relative limits of resources in any historical epoch, there is a necessity to develop new resources that redefine the technological manifold in much the same way that the formation of a shock wave changes the curvature of space for sound. So for humanity there is a kind of built in necessity for scientific progress. Kraft Ehricke referred to the extra terrestrial imperative. If we view time on the grand scale of mankind's mission to colonize other planets and solar systems, then the constraints upon society become our relative imperfect understanding of physics at any point in our history. This truly is the analogy to a kind of projective mapping out to infinite time via a technology vectored purpose for humanity. It is analogous to Einstein's conception of a world line.

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