Einstein’s theories of relativity entail a wide variety of possibilities on how the universe started – if certainly ‘began” is an acceptable characterization. For the most element the unique and basic theories of relativity are ordinarily discussed in purely physical terms, that is, with regard to an primarily mechanical view of the universe governed by objects (mass) and concrete interactions (forces) (1920). However it is probable to talk about these theories in philosophical and logical terms for the reason that specific conclusions can be drawn from Einstein’s discoveries that tends to make the queries of the universe’s origin and ostensible decline look rather perplexing.

The Movement Machine…

The logic of relativity is such that one particular can assume there are interactive relationships amongst mass, power, time lapse and light speed. (Adams 1997). Far more especially, as the speed of an object increases, its mass tends to boost as effectively. For the duration of that acceleration, time tends to slow down. Considering the fact that mass increases and mass primarily equates with power, the possible of the latter increases as effectively. In basic terms, the template is as follows. An acceleration in movement enhances almost everything we attribute to existence. Slowing down time makes it possible for for additional intervals inside time frames so that, for instance, what we now define as a year would be of longer duration than in “slower” situations. By the very same token, acceleration tends to make objects additional enormous, which suggests they have higher possible gravitational influence on each and every other as effectively as additional possible power to release. This type of pan-embellishment tends to make it clear that our universe is kinetically driven – that speed of movement is, in a sense, the independent variable top to existence.

In that context it is exciting (while hardly scientifically verifiable) to take into account the opposite situation – that of a slow-motion (decelerating) universe and its implications for existence, i.e. the physical sense of becoming.

Initially of all, beginning with the premise that light speed causes a stoppage in time lapse, moving back from that point to slower prices of acceleration would by definition speed time passage. In other words, if one particular does not age at all at light speed, then lowering the speed toward a additional typical price would, by definition boost the price of time lapse so that one particular would steadily start to age quicker. Thus just as acceleration of movement slows time down, slowing the price of acceleration causes time lapses to speed up – which suggests not only that we would age additional swiftly, but that all developmental, entropic and evolutionary sequential phenomena in nature would proceed additional speedily toward decay (which equates with entropy or “equilibrium).”



Considering the fact that time and space are co-dependent, deceleration top to compressed time scales would also compress spatial dimensions. By the very same token, just as acceleration increases mass so would deceleration lead to a reduce in mass. Also, considering that mass equates with power, slowing down acceleration would lead to a decline in power as effectively.

Since, in that context, the speed at which the universe and its elements travel would look to be a central determinant of our universe’s improvement and evolution it may possibly be acceptable to refer to the cosmos as becoming kinetically driven, shaped and determined.

The situation would certainly not come into play except at intense levels of deceleration but the outcomes of each intense acceleration and deceleration are fascinating to take into account. This is especially accurate with regard to the probable final state of our universe.

Einstein’s reversal…

According to principles of relativity theory, one particular would anticipate universal expansion to slow down at some point. The usual assumption is that by reversing steadily the fly-apart nature of an expanding universe gravitational influence would boost, top to universal compression. More than time, one particular may possibly anticipate the contraction the price of contraction to accelerate exponentially till such time as the universe collapsed conceivably reverting back to its original plasmic, “cosmic egg” status.

That situation is disputed by some, such as Hawking (2005) and Guth (1997) but the expansion-contraction idea has a specific logical appeal – based on how substantially matter (dark and otherwise) essentially exists in the universe. Scientists have not but detected adequate amounts of dark matter to help the expansion-contraction theory. If the quantity is insufficient, the universe will possibly continue to spread out till material and force relationships are cancelled out by distance. At that point the universe will, like all issues in nature, proceed toward a state of entropy. In that case no renewal becoming probable and our universe will have been a one particular hit wonder.

Suppose, even so, that there was adequate matter to lead to eventual contraction. What would be the logical endpoint? Would it genuinely be a expand/contract, oscillating universe that periodically dies (reaches a state of entropy), then is subsequently reborn via some baroque set of physical laws that would look to repeal Newton’s third law of thermodynamics, especially the thought that as soon as an object reaches entropy it is run is “more than.” These queries are not very easily answered, for a quantity of factors.

Initially, if the original cosmic egg was in a state of entropy to start with, it need to not have re-generated – in other words it is really hard to recognize how the Huge Bang could have emerged Lazarus-like from a prior state of entropy – that sort of point does not occur in nature. This argument would also pertain to the notion of an alternating creation-destruction sequence. This raises the query of how the universe arose in the very first location.

Stephen Hawking identified this query each exciting and confusing and dealt with this conundrum by suggesting the thought of a universal “starting and finish” is a man-produced conception, in the end contraindicated by the laws of physics (2005).


There are a couple of approaches to address the queries of origin and decay. 1 is to say the universe is inherently sequential, i.e. shifts back and forth (not inevitably but probabilistically) among states ie. from an entropic, timeless, black hole with mass but no matter or capacity for 3 dimensional movement, and with implicit but not manifest power – to a material, energized, expanding, time-governed entity as observed in our present universe. That model calls for acceptance of the reality that “decay, equilibrium and entropy can be overcome (ostensibly in defiance of physical laws).

One more possibility (possibly less difficult to conceptualize) is that the universe obeys the laws of physics, normally has, normally will and, under no circumstances reaches a state of entropy due to an inherent a regulatory course of action that keeps it inside the parameters of becoming,

The Regulatory Thesis…

The argument for a regulated universe- i.e. one particular that oscillates across a continuum but ever reaches a state of equilibrium, is as follows:

Initially, the assumption that universal contraction would inevitably boost gravitational influence may possibly not be correct, for the reason that as the universe contracted the capacity of objects to travel quicker would decline – due in element to growing limitations on space. Moreover, as its speed decreased, so would its mass – just as the opposite happens with acceleration (e.g. the mass of an object increases as it approaches light speed). Considering the fact that movement dictates mass and considering that mass equates with power, there would be a decline in each as contraction continued. Furthermore, considering that gravity is dependent on mass and considering that mass declines with intense deceleration, the influence of gravity would have a tendency to decline as effectively. Lastly, with much less space in which to enact the laws of motion, the speed of contractual acceleration would itself decline, which would lead to time to speed up – just as it slows down as it approaches light speed. With narrowed time spans, events would have briefer intervals to register interactions amongst matter and force.

In easier terms, and in accord with Relativity Theory, just as acceleration enhances mass, power, and by extrapolation gravitational influence, as effectively as prolonging time intervals (the slower time moves, the additional possibilities events have to unfold) so would the opposite seem to be accurate. As time speeds up – in contrast to a decline in universal acceleration, the price of entropy amongst current objects and forces in the contracting universe may possibly unfold additional swiftly. As a outcome, for a offered period of time, practically nothing would final for really extended, which suggests interactive influence of force and matter would be ameliorated in the intense. In other words, really small would occur as the contraction continued.

Though Relativity Theory does not especially address the opposite of time dilation, and focuses on the position of one particular observer relative to an additional in perceiving the price of acceleration, there is proof that clocks in some settings run slower as per slower prices of movement than other individuals (Ashby 2003). Furthermore the relativity aspect in

Einstein’s theory is, even though brilliant, somewhat understated. Speed is not just a function of relative perceptions. For instance if one particular ages slower at light speed than in additional typical temporal situations there are concrete physiological, biological effects involved that are in reality absolute, rather than relative. In other words, if one particular ages slower it is not by comparison to other men and women. The concrete biological phenomena: nonetheless youthful skin, the superbly functional organs, the lack of age-induced limitations on hormonal and muscular formidability would be tangible. Hence, speed of movement has direct influence on nature even in absolute situations.

With regard to the re-expansion of the universe – a important reversal if one particular is to think in a kinetically driven, self-regulating cosmos – the movement aspect would as soon as once more be important. As the universe slowed down in the course of contraction, time would speed up. At some important point in contraction, interactions would start to as soon as once more accelerate for the reason that the time lapses among interactions would speed up. In other words, with smaller sized time intervals the interaction of mass and force would take place additional swiftly. As soon as that course of action started, the universe would as soon as once more start to re-accelerate and swing back till such time as it re-attained anything like its present state.

In any case, the outcome of exponential deceleration would resemble a cybernetic-feedback course of action, analogous to the homeostatic mechanisms of organisms. In that context, speed, presumed right here to be the prime, and independent (“kinetic”) variable in universal operations, would offer a type of checks and balances mechanism, maintaining the universe on a continuum, normally, and for all time operating inside the parameters of physical laws normally extant, under no circumstances rather reaching the point of equilibrium due to the cancellation/re-enhancement impact of deceleration and re-acceleration. In that case there would be no have to have to ponder the possibilities of intense expansion or comprehensive annihilation.

All of this is speculative of course, but possibly the reality that light speed is a continuous and anchor point function of the cosmos may possibly lead one particular to think it serves as a gauge mechanism, and as a corollary, that motion and acceleration offer the lifeblood for a perpetual universe that is most fundamentally kinetic.


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