The Theoretical Interpretation of Spacetime/motion
in the Theory of Relativity:
"Traveling Back in Time"
Charles William Johnson
In my view, there are various
deficiencies in the reasoning employed by theorists of relativity. One particular
idea concerns the possibility of "going back in time" or,
"traveling back in time".
Certain misconceptions serve as
the basis for their idea about time travel. Relativists consider that the speed of light in a vacuum is the upper
limit of velocity of all matter-energy (with counted exceptions about phase
velocities, tachyons, muons and such). They generally state that it is
impossible for a material object to attain the speed of light in a vacuum due
to the energy required to reach such a speed.
If, as they affirm, it is
impossible for a material [mass] event to attain the speed of light in a
vacuum, it makes no sense that they speculate about "length
contraction" or "time dilation". The absence of logic within
their own reasoning appears to escape them. They supposedly measure "time
dilation" as observed in different clocks flown around the world
(obviously not at the speed of light). They have also supposedly proven the
so-called "length contraction" of spacetime events.
They propose theses about luminal
velocities, but offer sub-luminal examples as proof, and then even offer
speculative superluminal examples as proof of the luminal propositions of their
theory. I find such the relativist science discourse to be disorganized and
full of misconceptions. As I have demonstrated in other essays, the write about
speculatively "observing" luminal velocities of spacetime events
(299792458 m/s), when the human being cannot even observe the 770 ft/sec
velocity of a .45 caliber bullet.
They also toy with the idea of
what would happen if some material event were capable of attaining a speed over and above the identified/measured
speed of light in a vacuum (299792458 meters/second). Here is a popular example
of this kind of reasoning (or lack thereof):
"For these reasons it is
often said that nothing can travel faster than light. Strictly speaking this is
not true. Only material objects cannot be accelerated through the 'light
barrier'. There is no known reason why there cannot exist superluminal bodies,
provided they are always superluminal, i.e., cannot be slowed to less than
light speed. Indeed, such bodies (in the form of microscopic particles) have
been actively searched for by experimental physicists in the last decade or so.
They have even been given a name ---tachyons.
So far no tachyons have been found. If they ever are found, it is expected that
they would only interact with ordinary matter in an uncontrollable way,
otherwise it would be possible to use them to send messages. This would then be
the cause of an apparently unresolvable paradox, because it may be shown from the theory
of relativity that tachyons can travel backwards in time [emphasis mine], so that their use as a
signalling device would facilitate communication with the past. One could then
construct a booby-trapped device which would destroy itself by a coded signal
sent into its past, thereby removing the possibility of sending the signal in
the first place ---an obvious contradiction!" [Cited in: Davies, P.C.W., Space
and Time in the Modern Universe, Cambridge University Press, London,
1977, p: 47.]
This represents an excellent
summarized statement of the misconceptions in contemporary theoretical
postulates of relativity. A book-length comment is required to undo this
statement (read my book). Some brief comments are in order here.
a.- The cited author does not
recognize the faster-than-light speeds of phase velocities of the
b.- The cited author's view is
limited to a theoretical posit about non-existing so-called tachyons.
c.- The concept of
faster-than-light velocities is only conceived as of the possibility of sending
a signal for communication. (This affirmation denies the fact that the light
signal already constitutes what carries the signal for communication.)
d.- There is no purported paradox.
The paradox lies within the deficient reasoning and logic of the postulates.
e.- The author toys with the
popular concept of "traveling back in time", effectively separating
time from space.
Finally, I can only wonder what is
meant by "ordinary matter". I
would suspect it refers to all matter-energy that has a velocity of below light
speed in a vacuum.
Now let me make some brief
First, one must understand that
all light received at the retina of the eye is showing us past events. The
time-lag in the arrival of light is ever so infinitesimal but it exists.
Actually, materially we are always seeing past events. No sooner has the Future
arrived, it becomes Present and we view it as Past. In a material sense, we never see Now-events, only Past ones, as
light arriving from events gone by. Physically, it is impossible to view
Present events. By the time light particle-waves reach our retina, we are
viewing events that have already occurred.
This is more comprehensible when
considering the light coming from the Sun that takes eight minutes or so to
reach our retinas. With light coming from distant galaxies, millions of
light-years distance from us, the time-lag is that much greater and more easily
comprehensible. Nonetheless, the time-lag of existence occurs with every object
that we observe around us, only the closer to the objects that we view, the
time lag appears to be almost non-existent ---yet it does exist.
"… This would then be the
cause of an apparently unresolvable paradox, because it may be shown from the
theory of relativity that tachyons can travel backwards in time [emphasis mine], so that their use as a signalling device would facilitate
communication with the past. One could then construct a booby-trapped device
which would destroy itself by a coded signal into its past, thereby removing
the possibility of sending the signal in the first place ---an obvious
contradiction!" [Davies, P.C.W., Space and Time in the Modern Universe,
Cambridge University Press, London, 1977, p:47.]
You cannot go back in time, because you cannot go back in spacetime.
Physicists who tinker with the
idea or the possibility of "traveling back in time" violate one of
their own relativist posits about the unity of spacetime. By their own
conceptual measuring rod, they are considering a partial view by invoking time
without space, to travel back in time, you must consider traveling back in
space. By considering only travel back in time, they are considering space as
though it were outside of time.
Merely because Albert Einstein
posited the idea that the speed of light in a vacuum is the limit that
matter-energy can travel, many physicists have held on to this idea for over
one hundred years. As in the cited case, physicists toy with the idea about
going back in time when they reason
the possibility of traveling faster than the speed of light.
First of all, the idea that the
speed of light in a vacuum is the limit to matter-energy travel is erroneous in
my understanding. The speed of light in a vacuum is measured along a
non-existing midline axis from points A to B on a straight-line path. Electromagnetic particle-waves, light included, travel along spiraling
particle-wavepaths, not along idealized straight lines in spacetime.
In order for the electromagnetic
particle-wavepaths traveled to cover the idealized measured straight-line
wavepath of 299,792,458 meters per second [luminal velocity], the
electromagnetic particle-waves must travel at speeds over and above that
measured amount. They necessarily travel at superluminal velocities.
The relativist thesis of luminal
velocity launched by Einstein in 1905 is promoted still today in 2014. Almost
110 years later, physicists disregard the spiraling curvilinear particle-wavepaths
of the electro-magnetic fields of the entire electromagnetic particle-waves
spectrum, not just the part referencing visible light. This is confirmed in their defined concept
about the wavelength of an
electromagnetic wave, which is measured along the straight midline axis, which
is absent of any matter-energy event. What is theoretically and practically
required is to measure the wavepath-length of the actual spiraling
In other words, all
electrogmanetic particle-waves (from radio waves to gamma waves) travel at
superluminal velocities along their corresponding particle-wavepath in order to
achieve the measured definition distance and speed of light in a vacuum
measured along the straight midline. [See
my essay at www.earthmatrix.com.]
Physicists deny the possibility of
matter-energy exceeding the velocity of light in a vacuum. They deny it because
firstly Einstein said it and, secondly, because they are disposed to believing
it. No scientist or anyone has been able to prove the correctness of the
theoretical posit about the maximum velocity of matter-energy to date. All
so-called proofs to date are suppositions based on a denial of the meaning of
the electromagnetic particle-wavepaths, based on the abstracted straight
midline wavelength ---an abstraction in the methodology of geometry.
Secondly, they erroneously reason
that if any material object were to be able to travel at the speed of light in
a vacuum then that object would become light. They deny the possibility that
any material object, for the same reason, can actually become light or travel
at its speed due to the amount of energy required to propel its mass in order
to attain that speed. They also deny that any material object might travel over
and above the speed of light in a vacuum since this would cause a paradox of time.
They erroneously play with the
consequential idea in their mind that the superluminal travel of matter-energy
would mean that a material object traveling at a superluminal velocity would be
capable of "going back in time".
Again, matter-energy cannot go
back in time, because it cannot go back in spacetime.
By toying with the idea of
traveling back in time, physicists disregard their own supposed theoretical
conception about the unity of
spacetime. Supposedly the grand achievement of Albert Einstein was to have
united the conceptual category of spacetime, denying the separate treatment of
space and time.
Nonetheless, it becomes obvious
that they break up the unified theoretical concept of spacetime when they
affirm the idea of "going back in time".
They do not talk about "going back in spacetime".
With such a statement they have effectively reverted back to the separate
concepts of space and time in their supposed reasoning about time travel.
Every statement ever made by any
physicist regarding "going back in time" since 1905 then is a
misconception, a misstatement; one that represents speculation outside of their
own theoretical concept for reasoning about spacetime.
It is materially and physically
impossible to reason about "going back in time" without forwarding
considerations about "going back in spacetime". This is not a point
of technicality, it represents a reasoned fact about how matter-energy exists
If one wants to consider and
discuss or reason about the possibility of "traveling back in
spacetime/motion", it would be necessary to question the direction of
spacetime/motion in terms of whether it is possible to reverse the direction of
matter-energy events in spacetime/motion. Every practical spacetime/motion
event of matter-energy around us illustrates the answer to this speculative
Physicists thus reveal an
essential flaw in their considering the isolated possibility of traveling back
in time, and not in spacetime. It is meaningless to entertain the thought of
traveling back in time as postulated and questioned by physicists for the past
hundred years. For they isolate and separate time from spacetime in their
speculations. It is impossible to reason time without reasoning space. By
separating time from spacetime, reasoning matter-energy events in spacetime has
been absent in their discourse.
It is not possible to travel back
in time because it is not possible to reverse spacetime/motion. The current
"look back in time" thesis employed in astronomy becomes glaringly
deficient when considered from the perspective of the possibility to "look
back in spacetime".
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Misconceptions in the Theory of Relativity: "Traveling Back in Time"
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