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Weird Physics

Section 13 – Mass, Gravity, and FTL Effects

So we’ve explored the idea that a neutron is an energetic oscillator that is potentially coupled to the other nucleotides around it, if just one of them is excited into becoming a hydrogen atom, sharing the excitation energy that is the electronic wave function.  It is strongly coupled to those close enough to be in the same nucleus, and weakly coupled to those further away (which effect is responsible for gravity).

One of those convenient coincidences in physics is that the inertial mass (resistance to a force) is identical to the gravitational mass (attraction to a planet).  This alternative physics also gives an elegant reason for this “coincidence”.

The explanation would be simply that inertial mass is in fact a result of the extended wave function of the nucleotide (neutron or proton) and its consequent interaction with all the other nucleotide’s wave functions in the universe.  That network of interaction resists change.  So that phenomenon gives rise both to inertial resistance and gravitational influence on the other particles, removing the coincidence.

So what happens when two nucleotides are traveling at relativistic velocities to each other?  By the laws of Doppler Shift, the “apparent” frequency needed to excite each other’s electronic wave functions would be dramatically shifted.  They would no longer be identical, and so the coupling would be reduced.  This suggests that the gravitation effect between two bodies is reduced if they have relative velocities near the speed of light.  Some day perhaps we’ll test that.

This does suggest that if there is matter out there traveling faster than the speed of light, relative to us, we would be very hard pressed to detect it, either optically or by its gravitational influence.  On the other hand, since space is filled, any such matter would be constantly colliding with things in its path, and I believe that the electronic wave functions would still interfere with one another (this because a moving wave still occupies space at a snapshot moment in time).  It does make sense that after cosmic time frames, collisions would eventually make things settle down to relatively similar local frames of reference.  Mapping this cosmic topology should be easier now that we understand that the Hubble Red Shift is an energy drainage effect, and not a doppler effect.

Of course if I’m wrong and the electronic wave functions don’t even interact at faster than light speeds, then such matter would pass right through us and we’d never know.  So parallel universes could exist right where we are, but with extremely different relative velocities.  But now I’m beginning to sound like one of those cosmology mystics.  We’ve reached the end of this story.

[© Copyright 2016 by Gerald Keep.  All Rights Reserved.]



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