Thursday, April 30, 2009

Time may be an illusion hiding the ultimate theory of reality

Science has a good theory to describe really big stuff (the Theory of Relativity) and there's a good theory to describe the really small stuff (Quantum Theory). The big quest in science is to find a unified theory that combines the two. "One reason it has been so difficult to merge the two is that they are built on incompatible views of time." (New Scientist) But what if time doesn't exist?

Physicists "aren't sure [time] exists at all." It could be an illusion. "Some researchers increasingly suspect that time is not a fundamental feature of nature, but rather an artifact of our perception."

If time is an illusion, "the universe can be described as a network of correlations, rather than as an evolution in time."

That, and we may be able to come up with that elusive unified theory.

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I started pound360 to channel my obsession with vitamins, running and the five senses. Eventually, I got bored focusing on all that stuff, so I came back from a one month hiatus in May of 2007 (one year after launching Pound360) and broadened my mumblings here to include all science.