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Discrete, Not Continuous?

January 9, 2012 9 comments

I’m in the process of reading my seventh layman’s book on quantum physics. It’s written by quantum physicist William Bray and its long winded title is: “Quantum Physics, Near Death Experiences, Eternal Consciousness, Religion, and the Human Soul“.

Mr. Bray writes something fascinating about space and time that I don’t recall seeing in any of the other QP books:

On a Planck scale, each moment exists in an isolated region (we call a Planck interval) of space-time existing only in the past or future to another point, and never in the present. No two things anywhere in space-time share a common present, no matter how close they are to one another, all the way down to 10**(-35) meters, or 10**(-44) seconds, apart. – William Bray (p. 31). Kindle Edition

In other words, Mr. Bray asserts that space and time are not continuous dimensions, they’re discrete. The universe is not analog, it’s digital. The movement of energy and matter in time is herky-jerky, jump-to-jump, like a motion picture. However, it “looks” smooth and continuous because of the lack of resolution and sensitivity of our woefully inadequate senses and sense-extending tools. D’oh!

Here’s what Wikipedia says about Planck time:

Theoretically, this is the smallest time measurement that will ever be possible. As of May 2010, the smallest time interval that was directly measured was on the order of 12 attoseconds (12 × 10**(−18) seconds)…. All scientific experiments and human experiences happen over billions of billions of billions of Planck times, making any events happening at the Planck scale hard to detect.

My interpretation is that we will never be able to mechanistically detect what happens between two adjacent planck time points.

So, what do you think exists between two adjacent, discrete, planck time points? Could it be that bits of infinite consciousness leak into the finite universe?

After doing some superficial research on Mr. Bray, I’ve become quite skeptical:

  • There are no recommendations/testimonials from peers on the inside or backside covers of the book.
  • Googling on “William Joseph Bray” doesn’t reveal that much.
  • He’s got a facebook page, but I’m not a member so I didn’t get to see it.
  • I discovered his web site, and his credentials seem to be too extensive to be believable.

Nevertheless, the book is a fascinatingly refreshing and novel read. In a nutshell, his main theme is that consciousness is not caused by bio-chemical processes in the brain, it’s quite the opposite. Infinite consciousness lies outside of the finite physical universe and it thus paints the universe into being by “collapsing the wavefunction“. Consciousness is the ultimate observer and it creates you and me and everything else in the universe.

Don’t forget, BD00 is a self-proclaimed L’artiste, so don’t believe a word he sez. What do you think?

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