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Posted by Mark on October 5, 2001 01:38:08 UTC

If we consider time to be a degree of freedom, then we are at liberty to choose a direction just as we are in space (forward and backward in time). But obviously, according to what was described above, moving back in time requires a VERY BRIEF time span (Heisenberg undefined time span). So if this were the case, I propose that we choose two distinct and separate times! This is not a theory of mine... just food for thought, for you guys to ponder. If these two times are distinct and seperate, we have to treat them as such; this requires a time dimension that is orthogonal to spacetime. Whether the time dimension is curled up, is a matter of speculation... perhaps one could reason that it is curled up, and thats why we take notice of odd behavior only at quantum dimensions. It has been said that we plow through spacetime at the speed of light at all times (constant); whether that speed is used up fully by motion through time (motionless clock), fully through space (moving clock, time grinds to a hault), or a combination thereof (clock in motion, time and space are contrated by lorentz invarience factor)... is a matter of selected reference frame. If we plow through space time at the speed of light, then some of our motion could be diverted to the curled up time dimension, resulting in a percieved spiral that is so tightly curled that we never take notice on macroscopic dimensions. Because of this, our exact location in time is uncertain, but this uncertainty diminishes at increasing scales of magnitude. It becomes overwhelmingly noticable for electrons (and other elementary particles), however. For a small enough object (short De Broglie wave length), it can even appear to flip back and forth through time. Any all-encompassing theory of spacetime and energy (General Relativity), would have to take this extra time dimension into account at quantum scales.

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