I don't want to forget my foot. It has stayed here in this universe we know and love while my mind has wandered somewhere else. Now I think of my foot and know I should return here and look around. Can I find anything that supports my strange thoughts? Does what our universe looks like indicate that Never Never Land may really exist?
I have invented what I call the Never Never Land Theory – what I will call “My Theory”. Perhaps the best known theory about reality and our universe is the Big Bang Theory – the BBT. Can I show that my theory is better than the BBT?
Albert Einstein's Theory of Relativity did not replace classical physics and Newton's Laws of Motion. For most of the world we see around us, classical physics was, and still is, adequate. For almost all practical purposes, it is just as good as Einstein's theory. Why then is Einstein's Theory considered a better view of reality than that provided by classical physics? Why is it considered superior?
The short answer is Einstein answered questions that classical physics did not. Classical physics could not, for example, explain where the sun got enough energy to shine for five billion years. The answer, nuclear energy, was not just academic – it led to massive industries in our real world.
In the same sense, I want to show that my theory is superior to the BBT. Then we can see if there are practical benefits.
I need to relate to you what I think our BBT experts see when they look at our universe. There are a lot of these experts. I don't think they are all saying the same thing. When they find things their equations do not explain, they often speculate. These interesting speculations are neither more nor less valid than yours or mine.
I am tired. I am tired of thinking longer and harder. I am tired of googling obscure words and topics. I will write in English, not incomprehensible mathematical equations. The results will be that some of the details may be wrong, or, at least, not exactly right. Feel free to improve on what I write – but when you are finished, ask yourself: Does what we observe point to our experts' view of reality or a Never Never Land?
If we gaze out into the universe, we are looking into the past. When we look at Jupiter, we see the light that was reflected from its surface, perhaps an hour ago. We are seeing Jupiter as it was an hour ago. When we look at a far away galaxy, we are seeing it as it was several billion years ago. We are seeing this galaxy as it was when it was part of a smaller universe.
Our scientists believe that the first galaxies formed about a billion years after the Big Bang. The universe was much larger than a grain of sand, but much smaller than it is today. These far away, dim galaxies are at the outer range of our most powerful telescopes. You would expect that since the universe was smaller then, the galaxies would be more closely packed. Yet this doesn't seem to be the case.
The expansion of the universe started everywhere and is still going on. The BBT experts believe this because they see ancient, far away galaxies no matter which way they point their telescopes. My theory believes the universe is expanding everywhere, but it did not start. But I am getting ahead of myself.
Our BBT experts think in terms of a minimum time, a minimum distance, and a minimum size. When they see every galaxy in sight moving away from what they think is a central point, they can imagine a time when everything was closer together and more condensed. With lots of calculations, they have determined that everything was in the same place about 14 billion years ago. Assuming there is a minimum size, our Science has calculated the density and temperature of our universe when it was about the size of a grain of sand. Both were close to infinity. Today, with galaxies spread all over the place, it is hard to determine the density of the universe. On the other hand, after some impressive measurements and calculations, science has made a major discovery. The calculated temperature, after 14 billion years of expanding and cooling, of our universe is almost exactly equal to the measured value. The experts have excitingly claimed that this result proved the Big Bang Theory. Our cosmic-sized universe had started as a microscopic dot. If there is no minimum time and size, my theory must duplicate these results before moving on to explain phenomenons that BBT fails to adequately address.
The BBT experts were excited about the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) radiation, the remnant heat left after the universe has been expanding for 14 billion years. Its measured value is slightly above absolute zero – this agrees with the experts' calculations. Our science considers this CMB results a cornerstone of the BBT.
Our science believes that there are certain laws of nature that are universal. The speed of light, for example, is the same everywhere. We have mentioned the proton-electron mass ratio which our Science has shown is the same here and in a galaxy six billion light years away.
My theory predicts that CMB radiation is a law of nature – it is constant everywhere.
Radiation is the same as temperature. For clarity we can speak of the temperature of the CMB. My theory states that the temperature of the CMB is the same everywhere. The BBT believes the temperature of the CMB falls as the universe expands.
Can we decide which view is correct? Maybe.
We need “fair” measurements of CMB. Some could be close by, but some might have to be near the outer bounds of the observable universe. Astronomers observing the universe without preconceived notions might be able to do the impossible.
The BBT believes the universe started as a microscopic dot and was soon the size of a grain of sand. If this grain of sand universe were here and now, it might blow past our face and settle on a yardstick. It might come to rest between the smallest graduations – two lines set a tenth of an inch apart.
According to the BBT, every particle in our universe, gazillions of them, are confined to this grain. Each particle could be the size of a BB, all compressed together. The pressure and temperature would be immense. If, as NNLT proposes, there is no minimum size, or it is a gazillion times smaller, each BB could be smaller than a speck of dust – with each speck tied to the timeless chromosome. Particles float in a vast, expanding space. Creatures like us could live there.
Both the BBT and NNLT address the Past and Future and get the same answers, but for different reasons. The BBT says there is a minimum time, Planck's time. Now lasts for a Planck's time. Before this Now, there was the Past. After this Now, the Future starts. BBT says we cannot see the Future – it may not even exist. NNLT says both Past and Future exist and agrees that we cannot see the Future. It is the existence of Now that is in question.
According to BBT, our grain of sand universe could not float past our face and settle on a yardstick – it is gone, in the past. According to NNLT, our grain could be anywhere and everywhere.
One of the universal laws of physics is that the speed of light is 186,282 miles per second. In terms of our yardstick, light can travel the length of about 327 million yardsticks each second. Very fast – but if our grain of sand universe tried to use our yardstick as a unit of length, as the BBT wants, the speed of light for our grain universe would be a gazillion times faster. While light takes billions of years to cross our universe, it would cross the grain of sand instantly. NNLT sees this as a problem and solves it by changing the yardstick. Light in the grain still transverses 327 million yardsticks in a second – but its yardsticks and seconds are not the same as ours – both are a gazillion times shorter.
The BBT says The Big Bang is in the past, long gone. For the NNLT, past and future are more nebulous. They depend on how you look at it. The Big Bang did not happen and Now may not exist. Before calculating the distance to where the BBT says the Big Bang should be, the NNLT asks if the measurements are in our yardsticks and years, the yardsticks and years of the universe when it was a grain of sand, or at some point in between. Thinking about this makes my head swim, but since I am the only NNLT expert, I would guess the NNLT would say the Big Bang occurred 10 – 12 billion of our years ago. A good mathematician or even someone who is not tired could come up with an equation.
Even for short distances, like for less than a few billion light years, the BBT and the NNLT do not view past and future in exactly the same way.
We have discussed two observers, one on earth and the other near Jupiter. If light takes an hour to travel this distance, each can only see the other as he was an hour ago. The “real” version of both is in the others' future. If these two observers each had a powerful telescope, they could watch the other living his past life. Why? Both observers are moving into the future at the same speed – the speed of light.
Both the BBT and the NNLT believe you cannot see the Future – the finite speed of light keeps you from seeing any future events. The NNLT can, however, give more detail (if part of this explanation is wrong, it doesn't invalidate NNLT).
According to the NNLT, if you exist in this universe (which is determined by your connections to the timeless chromosome), the boundary between past and future is moving at the speed of light. One second after you experience now, you are experiencing a new now that is 186,282 miles away. The “old you” is too far away to be seen.
This “old you” is a light second away if we are thinking in three dimensions – the part of reality we can see. Actually, the gazillion particles in each of us could have a gazillion dimensions – each under the control of timeless genes. Perhaps some of these genes connect us to the past or the future.
The BBT and the NNLT think about our two observers, one near Jupiter, the other on Earth, differently. The BBT gives our earth bound friend special status – his Now is real. His special status has led to what we have called the “Twin Paradox”.
Suppose our two observers are twins. One is named Jason and he travels to Jupiter. The other, Ethan, remains on Earth.
Now let us change the story. Jason travels not to Jupiter, but to a distant star. For most of his journey there and back, he is traveling near the speed of light. According to Einstein and the BBT, Jason's time passes more slowly (although he is not aware of it). Ethan has his own time, passing at a different rate. Jason will find that when he returns to earth, he will be slightly older while his brother will be many years older. If Jason travels far enough and fast enough, he may return to Earth still young but find that eons have past here.
Einstein's theory is called the Theory of Relativity because time (and other things) are relative to the observer – to Ethan or Jason. Many experiments have confirmed the Theory of Relativity and the BBT believes it is true. The NNLT does not.
Experiments that confirm Einstein's Theory are conducted in an environment where time exists or is assumed to exist, namely, our universe. I would hope that experiments could be designed that are shielded from the effects of time, but it is more likely that the NNLT will find support from Astronomers observing galaxies at the edge of the observable universe
If we now return Jason to his place near Jupiter, we can continue to explore differences between the BBT and the NNLT.
The NNLT gives no special status to either Jason or Ethan. Jason cannot see Ethan's Now because it is in Jason's future. He can only see Ethan as he was more than an hour ago. Ethan cannot see Jason's Now because it is in Ethan's future. He can only see Jason as he was more than an hour ago.
The last paragraph is full of “time based expressions”, but that is not how the NNLT views the “Now”s of either Jason or Ethan.
One or more of a gazillion timeless properties may define the time direction of both Jason and Ethan. We can only see and interact with things in our world that have properties that are “close enough” to our properties. When Jason and Ethan are separated by one light hour, neither could ever stand next to the other and interact. If this could happen, however, Jason might sneeze “at the same time” that Ethan coughs. Just because the brothers are separated by a light hour does not mean they cannot sneeze and cough at the same time. The NNLT says each brother has his own Now, but these “Now”s are close enough that we view them as the same time – even though time does not exist.
The BBT views the Now of Ethan as special and as the only real Now. The NNLT views both Ethan's and Jason's Now as real. The BBT theory views any past Now, either remembered by a twin or viewed through a telescope by the other twin, as gone, dead, no longer in existence. The NNLT believes there are a gazillion “Now”s and each is just as real as any other. This has always been true and always will be true – unless a Now is more than several billion light years away. Then things get complicated.
We are talking about entities whose timeless properties are close enough that we might interact with them or, if not, at least they are close enough that we can imagine what they may be like. I can imagine a universe where the time direction is different, where things seem to move from the future to the past, where the future is remembered and the past discovered, where effect comes before cause. Beyond that, I cannot imagine how a society living there would function.
We can imagine standing beside our yardstick with its small grain of sand universe resting at one end. We can then ask if the BBT or the NNLT better describes the universe we see around us.
The BBT says the grain of sand universe can not be there, but if it were, it would be almost infinitely hot and dense – as well as, about 14 billions years in the past. Looking to the sky, we see galaxies moving away. The BBT tells us all of these galaxies originated at a common point. When we note that the far away galaxies are moving away faster than the nearer galaxies (our Science has discovered this fairly recently), BBT explains using exotic concepts like negative energy of space, dark energy, and dark matter. Maybe some other things, but I have tuned out. I am tired and my head is beginning to spin. I don't like for my head to spin. Anyway, BBT may have some valid points here. You decide.
Imagine that our yardstick is touching another yardstick just to its right, in fact, there is a long line of yardsticks laid out. There are enough yardsticks to cross the universe.
If you started walking, a mile later you would be passed 1,760 yardsticks. If you were in really good shape, you might continue walking until you had passed 327,360,000 yardsticks. If you then paused to rest, you could set up a telescope and look back and see the first yardstick with its grain of sand universe. Light could transverse the distance between you and that first yardstick in one second.
If you continued your stroll until you had passed (327,360,000 times 60 times 60) = 1,178,496,000,000 yardsticks, you would be one light hour from the first yardstick – the distance between Jason near Jupiter and Ethan on Earth.
If our yardsticks were laid out between Ethan and Jason near Jupiter, you could walk up to Jason, take off your space helmet, and start a conversation. If you had been walking a brisk four miles per hour, both you and Jason would be about nineteen thousand years old.
After a short rest, you might decide to continue your journey. You could walk out of the solar system and then turn around a look back toward Jason and Ethan. If your eyes have held up for the 570,000 years you have been walking, you could see Jupiter and, with a telescope, Earth.
If you continued your journey for another 444 million years, you could walk out of our galaxy. You would be about 80,000 light years from Earth.
Our Science today has some very powerful telescopes. If you had one of these with you, you might stop and turn it back toward Earth. If it were not for the bright light of the nearby sun, you could see Jupiter, you could see Earth, you could see Ethan as he was 80,000 years ago, you could see the first yardstick, and you could see the grain of sand universe resting on that yardstick.
If you had a spaceship that could travel at the speed of light, you could save a lot of your time – or since time doesn't exist, what feels like to you is a lot of time. You would have to travel 170,000 light years to reach the nearest galaxy. After a billion light years, you could look around and see many galaxies floating through space, some close, some far away. Using your powerful telescope, you could see about two trillion galaxies.
One of the closer ones is our Milky Way. Looking back, you can see an Ethan from a billion years ago, standing next to a dim grain of sand universe. Using your spaceship, you could return and talk to him. Thomas Wolfe wrote “You Can't Go Home Again”. Maybe he was wrong.
You turn your telescope in another direction. Any direction. You can barely make out a dim far away group of galaxies. Are they moving away? Or it is you?
Does what you see lend more support to the BBT or the NNLT?
When the BBT looks outward into the cosmos, it sees a gazillion galaxies moving away. It sees space as expanding from a single point carrying these galaxies, and ours, with it. There is no outside of this space.
Science writers try to illustrate this situation by drawing dots on a balloon – each dot representing a galaxy. Since they cannot draw a gazillion dots, they usually settle for three, one representing our galaxy, and two others. The writers then note that as the balloon is inflated, the dots move apart. They may also note that the further apart two are, the faster they separate.
The galaxies we see are not uniformly spread out across the universe. There seems to be strings of galaxies separated by vast voids of nothing. I think I understand the explanation of a lot of BBT scientists for this (I am not sure – they speak geek, not English). When our universe was young and grain-size, it contained areas that were slightly cooler and more dense. As the universe expanded, gravity collected these areas, ultimately forming galaxies with intervening voids. Some science writers have called these galaxy-void structures fingerprints from the Big Bang.
The BBT believes in time and time started with the Big Bang. What does this say about the super hot, super dense material in the grain of sand universe? Was the material that became our galaxy, our sun, our Earth, us special? Was it near the boundary between space and non-space while other galaxies sprang from deeper in the grain. They would appear later and, just as our observations seem to confirm, be in the past.
Still, I don't think that is exactly what the BBT is saying. I apologize, all of this is hard to visualize.
The BBT sees all of the grain growing at the same time. As the grain grows, some parts gain cooling material leaving voids. After a billion years, the first galaxies with voids would form – this early galaxy-void structure could be similar to or the same as the cosmic fingerprints our Scientists have seen stretching across the cosmos.
It is also interesting to note that our Scientists believe that the universe did not become transparent until the first atoms formed. This would be when the temperature of the CMB had fallen to about 3000 degrees Kelvin. Until this point, you could not see around the universe (light was reabsorbed as soon as it was produced).
Based on their calculations, our BBT experts believe that the early universe became transparent at the same time or a little before galaxies appeared. Our BBT experts believe, not based on their calculations, that the universe became transparent before the galaxies appeared – after all, galaxies are made of atoms and it took time for atoms to form galaxies. The NNLT believes the CMB has always been slightly less than 3 degrees Kelvin, the universe has always been transparent, and the galaxies have always existed.
If there are fingerprints on our billion year old universe, we may have telescopes that can see them. Study of their structure might support the BBT or the NNLT.
We would not expect to find an earlier version of our galaxy among those in the billion year old universe. Gravitational forces could churn nearby matter, building and destroying galaxies. These local effects would dwarf space expansion.
The BBT does not believe in the future. It hasn't happen yet and the fact we see no future galaxies in the sky seems to prove this. It gives special status to Ethan's Now on Earth and says Jason's Now has not yet happened. The BBT says that the future is any place you have to travel faster than the speed of light to reach, and, since you can't travel faster than the speed of light, the future does not exist.
What happens if we apply BBT thinking to the vast universe we see when we look outward? Our galaxy is made from a scrap of material that has been carried outward by expanding space. We can look back almost to the dot from which we came. We can also imagine another scrap of material – galaxy being carried in a different direction.
If we viewed these two galaxies in two dimensions, as if they were on a sheet of paper, our galaxy could be viewed as moving from a dot on the left, horizontally across 14 units to Now. In this case, each unit is one billion light years.
We could view the second galaxy as moving up, vertically. The BBT views space as expanding at a constant rate so this galaxy would also be 14 units from, and directly above, the dot. How far from us is this galaxy? The BBT experts and millions of math students could quickly find the answer.
The two lines we have drawn plus a line from our galaxy to the other galaxy form a right triangle. The third line is the distance between the two galaxies. The Pythagorean theorem states that this distance is equal to the square root of the sum of the squares of the other two sides; or, in this case: the SQROOTof ((14 times 14) + (14 times 14)) = SQROOTof (196 + 196) = SQROOTof (450) = 19..8.
The two galaxies are 19.8 billion light years apart.
The BBT experts would say that we and our galaxy obviously exist, but the second galaxy does not. They reason as follows: When the universe was a grain of sand, both galaxies (or their ingredients) were obviously very close. Now, 14 billion years later, they are separated by 19.8 billion light years. To get this far away, the second galaxy would have to move faster than light (about 263,000 miles per second). This is impossible, so the second galaxy does not exist.
We have calculated the distance and speed of this other galaxy as we see it Today, 14 billion years after the Big Bang. We are saying the Distance (14) = 19.8 billion light years and Speed (14) = 263,443 feet per second. Using the Pythagorean theorem, we can calculate other values, for example, the distance we would have observed a billion years ago – Distance (13); or the speed a billion years after the Big Bang – Speed (1); or the distance a billion years in our future – Distance (15); or the speed half way back to the Big Bang – Speed (7). Below is a table where we have done this:
Distance (15) = 21.2 Speed (15) = 282,260
Distance (14) = 19.8 Speed (14) = 263,443
Distance (13) = 18.4 Speed (13) = 244,625
Distance (12) = 17.0 Speed (12) = 225,808
Distance (10) = 14.1 Speed (10) = 188,173
Distance (8) = 11.3 Speed (8) = 150,539
Distance (7) = 9.9 Speed (7) = 131,721
Distance (6) = 8.5 Speed (6) = 112,904
Distance (4) = 5.7 Speed (4) = 75,269
Distance (2) = 2.8 Speed (2) = 37,635
Distance (1) = 1.4 Speed (1) = 18,817
For the last four billion years, the speed of this other galaxy has exceeded the speed of light. Light from this galaxy has not had time to reach us and since this speed is increasing, it never will. The BBT experts speculate that space can expand faster than the speed of light, but have only used this idea to explain early, pre-grain-of-sand expansion, not to support the transportation of galaxies.
When we left Jason in his light speed capable spaceship, he had traveled a billion light years, to Distance (13). The BBT doesn't know what Jason is seeing or even if he exists. The only Jason Ethan and the BBT knows about is a billion years in the past. Perhaps Ethan would agree that even the past Jason couldn't see the other galaxy – besides not existing, it is still too far away for the past Jason to see. According to BBT experts, this galaxy would only spring into existence when Jason had traveled more than four billion light years and was between Distance (10) and Distance (9) and was more than nine billion light years from the Big Bang. The BBT would not expect this galaxy to appear like the Andromeda Galaxy, a few million light years away and easily seen. It would be a fuzzy distance object that Jason could barely discern through his powerful telescope.
If Jason happened to be of the BBT persuasion, he would believe that he could only see galaxies as they appeared in the past. A closer galaxy might be 100 million light years away and he was seeing it as it existed 100 million years ago. Another galaxy might be a billion light years away and he was seeing it as it existed a billion years ago. Jason would then decide that the fuzzy remote galaxy that had just appeared must be within ten billion light years. Otherwise, it is further away than the Big Bang, which is impossible. We might also note that if Jason continued his journey, when he arrived at Distance (1), the distant galaxy could be no further away than one billion light years.
I don't want to forget my foot. I am still in this universe, but I am with Jason billions of light years away. My foot is firmly planted on Earth when Jason and Ethan said good-bye. My leg is getting pretty long.
I need to think a little more about this remote Jason and how the BBT and the NNLT interprets his observations. Then we will return to Earth and see if we can imagine experiments or observations that might confirm or debunk the BBT. Maybe things we already know, once reinterpreted, will show the Never Never Land Theory is a better, more comprehensive explanation of reality.
Science writers often excitingly report facts. They are excited because they don't consider the big picture. They forget the importance of scale.
Consider, for example, what is called the Local Group. This is our galaxy and more than fifty other close by galaxies that are held together by gravity and are moving through the universe together. They are being pulled toward an area of intense gravity called the “Great Attractor” which is about 250 million light years away. We can't see the Great Attractor – our line of sight passes near the center of our galaxy which blocks our view. Since we and the sun are revolving around the center of the galaxy, our view will eventually clear. We shouldn't have to wait more than forty or fifty million years to see what we are moving toward – or maybe we should say, falling into. Anyway, patience is a virtue.
A science writer will also breathlessly report that our galaxy, in fact, the entire Local Group is moving at a phenomenal 1.3 million miles per hour. This is 361 miles per second.
Now let us change the scale. Jason has traveled to Distance (7) and is considered by the BBT to be half way to the Big Bang. He decides to stop and look around. He is twenty eight times as far from our Milky Way Galaxy as is the Great Attractor. Light from our galaxy would need seven billion years to reach him. If Earth was on a collision course, closing at a rate of 361 miles per second, Jason wouldn't have to worry for at least 3,600 billion years. The galaxies in the sky would be frozen. Each would be rotating, but so slowly that Jason would have to watch for millions of years to notice any changes.
Jason believes in the BBT, so he expects to be in, after all this traveling, a smaller universe. As he has traveled, he has expected more galaxies to pop into view. There should now be more than two trillion galaxies in the universe and the temperature of the CMB should be higher.
To confirm what he has found, Jason decides to travel to Distance (1) or even closer to the Big Bang.
Jason is now within a billion light years of the Big Bang, but we need to continue to remember that the BBT worships Ethan's Now as somehow special. Jason is in Ethan's past – in this case, about 13 billion years in his past. This past is dead and gone. There is no Jason sneezing at the same time as Ethan coughs. Ethan thinks this ancient Jason lived in a smaller, hotter universe. He could never see Ethan who really exists because Ethan lives 13 billion years in this non-existent Jason's future.
The NNLT does not believe any of this. It believes that, for the most part, the traveling Jason would continue to see the universe the same as the stay at home Ethan. One exception would be Jason's view of the sky. When he was not near a galaxy, the sky would be full of unchanging galaxies and dark voids. Any star he could make out through his telescope would be confined to one of the galaxies.
IGNORING THIS ONE EXCEPTION, WE CAN CONCLUDE THAT WE NEVER NEEDED TO LEAVE EARTH. IF EVIDENCE EXISTS THAT CONFIRMS OR CONDEMNS ONE OF OUR COMPETING THEORIES, WE CAN FIND IT HERE.
Before we return to Earth, however, let us linger with the traveling Jason.
The NNLT says two particles are in the same universe if their respective properties are “close enough”. A particle can have a gazillion properties, but we are concerned here with the ones that determines our experience of time. These properties are timeless, but they have something like a direction that works with timeless genes. This direction determines how a particle views time. Here we will name one group of particles Ethan and another group Jason.
The NNTL is based on the concept that “it all depends on how you look at it”. Jason and Ethan can only be in the same universe if their mutual time properties are directed toward the Big Bang. They both feel this is their past. Additionally, their mutual time properties must be directed toward another Big Bang – one neither can see. This is their future. Both must be on this line to be in the same universe. There can be a gazillion versions of each, all feeling that their border between past and future is a unique, special Now.
Another possibility is there is only one Big Bang with a structure similar to Earth with its magnetic field. A line emerges from the North Pole with a gazillion “Now”s attached and moves toward the future. Eventually it circles back and returns to the South Pole.
If Jason and Ethan are in the same room, each is seeing the other as they were in the past. Light moves so quickly, however, that the “real” versions are identical to the past versions and the two can interact.
When Jason is near Jupiter and televises back to Earth, it takes about an hour for his image to arrive. Ethan sees a past version of Jason, an old Jason. Now the “real” version of Jason, the time when Jason and Ethan have the same Now, is no longer visible. The old Jason is a light hour from the “real” Jason. The old Jason is too far away to be seen by the “real” Jason. The “real” Jason is in the old Jason's future.
After an hour, the old Jason will become the “real” Jason. He will have a “real real” Jason in his future.
Ethan would also have an old Ethan from his past – the invisible Ethan from an hour ago. Ethan could not see the old Ethan, but the “real” Jason, through his telescope, could. They are both moving into the future in the same direction, at the same speed.
In our universe, one billion light years is a pretty decent hike. The NNLT predicts that, even when Jason and Ethan are separated by this incredible distance, they will continue to view each other and their gazillion versions, the same as they do when they are a mere light hour apart.
When Jason and Ethan are separated by a billion light years, each can see a billion year old version of the other. This old Jason and old Ethan have the same Now.
When you separate Jason and Ethan by seven billion light years, however, the apparently permanent rules fall apart. The NNLT view of reality changes.
At seven billion light years of separation, neither Jason nor Ethan can, no matter how powerful their telescopes, see an earlier, older version of the other.
If Jason has moved toward the Big Bang and is now at Distance (7), his universe and everything in it would have shrunk. Jason would seem to be, if Ethan could see him, half as tall (This is not to say that Ethan and Earth are special. If Jason had traveled away from the Big Bang, out to Distance (21), he would be the giant, twice as tall as Ethan).
If Jason's spaceship could come close enough to light speed, he could have arrived at Distance (7) a few seconds after leaving Ethan. Everything would seem normal to him, but his yardsticks would only be eighteen inches long. The speed of light would be about ninety three thousand Ethan miles per Ethan seconds, i.e., light has slowed down.
Why can't Jason and Ethan ever view an old version of the other?
From Ethan's viewpoint, he is moving into the future at a normal 186,000 miles per second. Jason is in the past and is moving to the future at 93,000 miles per second. Jason's light will never catch up and Jason will fall further and further into the past.
From Jason's viewpoint, he is moving into the future at a normal 186,000 miles per second. Ethan is in the future and is moving to the future at 372,000 miles per second. Jason could never see a version of Ethan.
Jason could continue to shrink while Ethan grows, but, with all obvious connections severed, past and future no longer have meaning. Both are outside our universe. We could imagine a gigantic Ethan standing by a yardstick, looking down at Jason's grain of sand universe. Jason might live a gazillion lifetimes while Ethan is starting to blink. Ethan is a statue, never moving – like a timeless chromosome.
One more question before I remember my foot and return to Earth: Can you think of any non-obvious connections?
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Our expert cosmologists have used many amazing instruments to observe and understand the universe. They have used much of what they see to validate the Big Bang Theory.
I do not know all of the details of these observations, but I know enough to discuss and ask questions. I want to know if these observations or observations we could make support or debunk the BBT. I want to know if these observations or observations we could make support or debunk the NNLT.
We have detected about two trillion galaxies in our universe. Almost all of these are far away. Unless we are looking toward the center of our galaxy where there may be intervening gases and nebulae, we should have a clear view. If we can see a galaxy five billion light years away – Distance (9), we should be able to see a closer galaxy at Distance (11) if the closer galaxy is “close enough” to our line of sight. Similarly, if we can barely make out a galaxy near Distance (14), we should be able to see galaxies at Distance (13) and Distance (12). We could label these respectively as type 13 and type 12 galaxies and ask questions about each type.
I suspect our BBT experts have already done this and have had to invent some strange concepts to explain the results. Why do I only suspect and not know what our experts have done? Unfortunately, Google does not always give simple answers to simple questions.
We have been talking and doing calculations based on galaxies great distances from Earth – the Big Bang, we have said, occurred 14 billion years ago. Galaxies near that event are almost 14 billion light years away. Before we ask questions about types of galaxies, we need to discuss if these distances are accurate.
Our Science is confident that the Big Bang happened, but is not exactly sure when it happened. To make calculations easier, I have been using a figure of 14 billion years ago; Our Science thinks it is closer to 13.8 billion. How did they get this figure and what if they are wrong?
If we want to label different galaxies so we can study their locations and motions when the universe was much younger, a time when the universe was much smaller, we need to know when the Big Bang occurred. This kind of labeling, this kind of study, may support or condemn one of our two competing theories.
Notice that if the Big Bang happened 14 billion years ago, the remote galaxies our instruments can detect are type 14 or type 13. On the other hand, if our universe is only 12 billion years old, these types do not exist and we are really seeing type 12 and type 11 objects.
If the universe started 14 billion years ago, it was half the present size 7 billions years ago; and one-fourth the size 10.5 billion years ago. If we live in a 12 billion year old universe, 10.5 billion years ago the universe would have been one-eighth the present size, i.e., only half as large. Pinpointing when the Big Bang occurred is very important.
Once we know exactly when the Big Bang happened, we may be able to decide if it happened at all.
One way BBT experts calculate the age of the universe is to use Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) radiation maps. Two different instruments have been launched into space, one in 2001, the other in 2009. Both showed that the temperature everywhere in the observable universe was 2.725 degrees above absolute zero. These measurements were from the present day universe. Our Science apparently has no way to directly measure CMB when the universe was smaller.
Our Science does, however, feel that it can measure tiny fluctuations in the CMB as it pans across the universe. At one place, CMB may be 2.7249999. At another place, CMB may be 2.7250001. From this data, we can produce maps that show CMB at different points in the universe and average CMB – for example: 2.72499997. The map and average produced using the two instruments were slightly different – this resulted in a slightly different estimate for the age of our universe.
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