An Alternative Universe

            A Work in Progress 

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We may be living in a dual universe. Einstein showed that our familiar space and time are actually a unity called spacetime. Now it appears that spacetime itself may be infiltrated by an energy with no spacetime dimensions. This universe of energy forms a hyperspace within our familiar spacetime universe, stabilizing it by energy and momentum conservation. But we are unaware of its presence until we recognize that spacetime is not continuous and infinitely divisible as we normally suppose.  Rather, we must assume it is made up of tiny indivisible pieces of spacetime and is discontinuous.

Energy exists in small indivisible packets known as quanta. Matter is formed in a similar way, from elementary particles. Spacetime, then, is probably discontinuous too, made up of indivisible spacetime quanta. To ensure particles and radiation can move through quanta equally well in all directions, they will be spherical and packed tightly into a matrix. The gaps between spheres contain hyperspace and its energy.

Assuming spacetime is quantized will change our view of physical reality. Velocity's delay of aging and boosting of mass then arises not from abstract mathematics but from competing types of time quanta. One provides aging, the other, movement. Squeezing of spacetime quanta by gravity may be the physical basis for general relativity's warping of spacetime. If so, matter does not enter a black hole and fall to nowhere. Rather, it converts to invisible particles of light, flowing across a hyperspace sphere connected to an all-embracing hyperspace labyrinth within spacetime. A spacetime that precipitated out hyperspace like drops of morning dew.

Hyperspace energy may account for that 95 per cent of the universe's mass and energy we cannot identify. As a guiding wave across the interface it shares with spacetime, it may control the randomness found in quantum mechanics. If so, it resolves the paradoxical wave properties of particles, and explains our uncertainty of their momentum and location.

This speculative theory is a personal one and amounts to a preliminary exploration of what conversion to quantized spacetime might offer us. It is not part of an experimental program in present-day science. It was prompted by a request from space agencies to look ahead 100 years and suggest technologies needed to develop a starship seeking extraterrestrial civilizations. But profound effects on starship technology may stem from advances in basic science. A change in our view of spacetime would be such an advance. And, as a fundamental change in our concept of space and time, it may affect our culture in ways it is hard to predict.

If we encounter an extraterrestrial civilization it is likely to be hundreds of thousands of years older than ours. How they achieved such an age faced by threats to survival we face now, interests us. Recognizing spacetime as quantized may have contributed to their longevity. I find it points to resolution of paradoxes in science, philosophy, and theology, and may ultimately lead to conciliation of different views of reality that threaten our civilization's destruction.

If this personal exploration of an alternative reality interests you, click on Introduction,  or click on Contents, or take a look at the Preface.     6/29/2020