by Alex Vikoulov
“The arrow of time obscures memory of both past and future circumstance with innumerable fallacies, the least trivial of which is perception.” -Ashim Shanker
"Whereas quantum physics and relativity theory have been solidly in place for over a century now, stubbornly and forcedly we still cling to atavistic interpretations, which are no longer in line with the well-established findings of our experiments in physics. Amidst the turmoil of this spinning convoluted dreamtime of our digital Cyberbardo, Vikoulov carves out a trajectory for understanding." -Antonin Tuynman, PhD, Foreword to The Physics of Time: D-Theory of Time & Temporal Mechanics
I think it’s time to reintroduce the concept of ‘Anti-Time’ which has long been seemingly a “taboo term” in the scientific community. This concept evidently has something to do with the observer-dependent reverse direction of time at a specific rate. You might ask, then: “Ok, so time could flow backwards in a mirror universe, but could it flow backwards here on Earth, could we reverse entropy, erase information, rewind and replay?”
I was pondering about the purpose and nature of ‘Anti-Time’, it still eludes me and it’s far from a definitive answer, but I think that in the universal operating system anti-time could serve for optimization, “laconization” (making linguistic statements laconic) as well as for experience. Not exactly de-evolving, albeit unwinding complexity certainly looks that way. The system is engaged in the process of searching for “pattern archetypes” or at least some “interesting choice points” while reversing our proper arrow of time, i.e., "pattern crawling." Speculatively speaking, there may be conscious entities experiencing reverse time. Maybe we should ask this question: What is the universal purpose of anti-entropy?
Many temporal concepts are undoubtedly extremely counterintuitive. Time directionality and time symmetry are especially notorious ones. Any of the possible pasts may have led to the present "digital" conscious instant. This is a strange idea if you are accustomed to looking at the world in a strictly linear, deterministic way, but it reflects the uncertain world described by quantum mechanics. A major counterargument to the multitude of pasts could be a combinatorial explosion of observer ‘anti-time’-lines, i.e., digital timelines extending in the opposite temporal direction from the present temporal singularity to the Alpha Point (Digital Big Bang). So, how in the quantum multiverse are those digital anti-timelines supposed to converge once again at the Alpha Point?
The answer has to do with reversible entropy (not observable, of course, in the Newtonian classicality). Reversing information entropy is like going from higher complexity to lower complexity. As long as you continue to unwind the complexity bit-by-bit, you’ll end up at the point of the lowest possible complexity with, perhaps, 1 bit of entropy -- the Alpha Point -- the convergent point of all anti-timelines and simultaneously the point of origin of all observer probable timelines. That led me to formulate the all new D-Theory of Time, or Digital Presentism, predicated on reversible quantum computing at large: The present conscious instant is digital, the past and the future are quantum, built on qubits, quantim mechanical bits of information.
All theoretical roads lead to the physics of information, otherwise known as Digital Physics. Researchers suspect that ultimately the axioms of quantum theory will be about information: what can and can’t be done with it. One such derivation of quantum theory based on axioms about information was proposed in 2010. “Loosely speaking,” explained Jacques Pienaar, a theoretical physicist at the University of Vienna, “... principles state that information should be localized in space and time, that systems should be able to encode information about each other, and that every process should in principle be reversible, so that information is conserved.”
In irreversible classical processes, by contrast, information is typically lost -- just as it is when you erase a file on your hard drive. Quantum computing models eliminate causal asymmetry which is inherent in classical-style computation and, some say, responsible for our unidirectional time’s arrow. Quantum models are as good at predicting the future states as retrodicting the past states of the system: They are equally adept at inferring effect from cause as they are cause from effect. Physics knows no upper limit on the amount of reversible computing that can be performed using a practically inexhaustible amount of energy, or in the case of universal operating system – vastly large but still finite computational resources.
The past is quantum theoretic (or ‘analog’, if you prefer that term), the present is digital, and the future like the past is quantum, made of qubits, quantum mechanical bits of information. Once again, pay attention: The present is digital, the future and the past are quantum (analog). There is no universal frame of reference, instead, there’s only the conscious observer’s frame of reference. At this point, you might say: “But I do remember my past!” And you’ll be right! However, if our memories are mutable and editable, even in principle, you can’t vouch with 100% certainty for one particular digital history. There are always countless forgotten or otherwise misremembered past periods of time filled with qubits of potentiality.*
P.S. Sci-fi movie TENET is based on the physics of time, more specifically D-Theory of Time, or Digital Presentism, including the notion of 'Anti-Time' around which the present article revolves. TENET's "inversion" is Anti-Time. If you think Anti-Time is nothing but fiction, and doesn't apply to our reality, think again.
*Adapted from "The Physics of Time: D-Theory of Time & Temporal Mechanics" by Alex M. Vikoulov, available now as eBook on amazon.com
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About the Author:
Alex Vikoulov is a Russian-American futurist, evolutionary cyberneticist, philosopher of mind, CEO/Editor-in-Chief of Ecstadelic Media Group, painter, essayist, media commentator, author of "The Syntellect Hypothesis: Five Paradigms of the Mind's Evolution," "The Origins of Us: Evolutionary Emergence and The Omega Point Cosmology," "The Physics of Time: D-Theory of Time & Temporal Mechanics," "The Intelligence Supernova: Essays on Cybernetic Transhumanism, The Simulation Singularity & The Syntellect Emergence," "Theology of Digital Physics: Phenomenal Consciousness, The Cosmic Self & The Pantheistic Interpretation of Our Holographic Reality," "NOOGENESIS: Computational Biology,"' "TECHNOCULTURE: The Rise of Man." Self-described neo-transcendentalist, cosmist, transhumanist singularitarian. Lives in Burlingame, California (San Francisco Bay Area). More Bio...
Author Website: www.alexvikoulov.com
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