Chapter 5 – Arrow of Time

Beyond the Rest of Us –When readers reach Chapter 5 of the book they will find that James and the Professor are being held prisoner at a Government clinic in Eastern Europe. Once again we find the Czech girl Jana at the clinic, but it is the time traveller Natalie (from book 2) who comes to rescue James. Although James knows he’s in a 19th century illusion, it is necessary to bring his mind forward to an event from his recent past. One analogy might be a reset point on a computer that restores events to an earlier point in time, as she explained in her solution below:

‘Alright James, if you still like being on ships, I can bring you back to July 1972, in Naples, Italy if you agree? From there Alexei will help you come back to our present time,’ she proposed.”

“That sounds alright if it’s with Alexei, I can agree, but please make it fast, time is running out.”

This all sounds Science fiction, but some believe that our perception of time is something that is flowing just like an illusion. Then our physical universe might be compared to a movie/motion picture, in which a series of still images shown on a screen creates the illusion of moving images. This idea was explained recently by one physicist who thinks time operates in units and is not a constant flow of data.

If this view is taken seriously, then our conscious perception of physical reality based on continuous motion becomes an illusion produced by a discrete underlying mathematical structure. This proposal makes physical reality platonic in nature, referring to Plato’s argument that true reality exists independent of our senses. However, unlike other theories of platonic idealism, this proposal can be experimentally tested and not just argued about philosophically. In a spacetime memory system, space has all the properties necessary to exhibit within it an intrinsic awareness and sentience.

According to a report in , an ultimate limit of time means that it is not possible for two events to be separated by a time smaller than units of Planck time. However, new research carried out at the University of Waterloo and University of Lethbridge, in Canada, argues there is a much longer measureable minimum unit of time. If true, the existence of such a minimum time changes the basic equations of quantum mechanics. This means our understanding of how the universe operates on a very small scale may need to reconsidered. ‘It might be possible that, in the universe, the minimum time scale is actually much larger than the Planck time, and this can be directly tested experimentally,’ explained Mir Faizal at the University of Waterloo. ‘Because Planck time is so short, no experiment has been able to prove it directly’. But Faizal says there are a number of tests that can show how a unit of time is longer than Planck time, such as measuring the rate of spontaneous emission of a hydrogen atom. The new quantum mechanical equation predicts a different rate of spontaneous emission, which could help predict Planck time. reports that the team believe time is more like a crystal structure, made up of discrete, regularly repeating segments.

Physicists say this new theory could help make time travel a reality

This chapter brings the hero back to more recent time and space again. In order not to spoil the story further, please ask individual questions about the science, on my Goodreads blog.