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Memory in Nature

Memory is fundamental to nature. Everything we see around us is an image of the past. Everything that happens in the present is the result of something that happened in the past. This is due to the limit that the speed of light puts on things. With the exception of quantum entanglement, there’s no way to communicate information faster than the speed of light. The electric force, gravity and magnetism are all limited by this factor.

This means that Earth is not orbiting around the Sun where it is in the present, but where it was 8 minutes and 20 seconds ago. We also see the Sun where it was at that time so there’s no discrepancy between what we see and what we calculate. There’s no mismatch between optical observation and gravitational position. However, it’s all in the past by 8 minutes and 20 seconds. In a very real sense, we can say that Earth orbits a memory of our Sun and not its present position.

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By DracoLumina17 – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0Link

A more direct type of memory is the energy states of electrons bouncing around the atomic nucleus. An exited electron is a memory of a past event, namely the impact of an energizing particle, such as a photon. The absorption of energy is a type of memory, and the release of energy in the form of light is equivalent to forgetting. Visible light is in other words produced by a process in which electrons first remember and then forget.

More permanent memories are often stored in structures. Everything organic contain records of past events. Tree rings are perfect examples of this. They can be used to reconstruct climate events many centuries back in time. Each tree ring corresponds to a year. They tell us how warm and humid it was at a given time in the place where the tree grew. Trace chemicals can also tell us about forest fires and volcanic eruptions. Everything organic is in this way a memory.

Tree rings
By Arpingstone – Own work, Public Domain, Link

On a more mysterious note, we have the strange ability of light to remember at what angle it entered a piece of glass. Contrary to popular belief, light does not diffract on entry into a prism. It refracts, but it doesn’t split into multiple colours before on exit. This is such a mystery that many skip the issue all together when discussing physics. However, the issue can be resolved if we assume the existence of pilot waves. Such waves would be deformed on entry into a prism, functioning in this way as a memory of what happened. What happens at the exit can thus become a function of what happened on entry.

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By D-Kuru – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0 atLink

Equally mysterious, but ignored pretty much entirely by everyone is the fact that moving objects know that they are moving, and in which direction they are moving. We know this to be true because a moving object will change its energy in response to an impulse. A steel ball moving in a given direction will know that it must lose energy when hit against its direction of motion, while it must gain energy when hit along its direction of motion. However, a steel ball is in a state of rest when moving freely. It doesn’t know anything about its motion. How then does it know why it must gain or lose energy? This too is a mystery, and this too can be explained in terms of pilot waves.

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Newton’s cradle
By DemonDeLuxe (Dominique Toussaint)Image:Newtons cradle animation book.gifCC BY-SA 3.0Link

Memory is truly everywhere. Sometimes, it’s easy to spot, like tree rings. Other times, it’s a mystery. But for a work of physics to be complete, it must all be explained.

This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. “..The electric force, gravity and magnetism are all limited by this factor.”
    Sorry but in space these forces are not limited by light speed. Particularly gravity must act near instantaneously otherwise planets would never keep up with the rotating Sun. Electric field is instantaneous however electric current is limited by the medium of conduction. On Earth metal conductors very slow, in space plasma filaments will be much faster.
    Ralph Sansbury was one of few who tested light speed in the lab. His experiment showed that a pre-connection pulse occurred some time before the anticipated ‘c’ time (1ns/ft ?). Einstein’s thought experiments are not borne out in reality!

    1. Thanks for your comment. I’m personally aware of these alternative views, so it’s not out of ignorance that I’ve chosen to leave this out of my story. Rather, the theory I’ve presented in my book relies on the existence of an aether and a speed limit inherent in the aether.
      My problem with Ralph Sansbury’s theory is that it hasn’t been reliably confirmed by others. At least not to my knowledge, so I’m sticking with c as a limiting factor for now, especially since it ties up so well with my theory regarding the nature of the aether.
      But I’m not hostile to the idea that Ralph Sansbury might be right, so I’ll be happy to review any confirmation of his experiments. Such a confirmation would be extremely interesting, not least because of the impact it would have on theories like mine where c is a limiting factor.
      Your comments are greatly appreciated, so please keep them coming!

      1. Fredrik I am so glad you are open minded to alternative theories. We see many so-called scientists who have closed their minds. The aether is still a valid concept. How else can em radiation transmit through space? Wal Thornhill speculated that neutrinos may be involved. It seems odd that Sansbury’s lab was apparently not tested again. I remember he hired Pockels Crystal light switches to accurately shut off the beam.

        1. The decision in the early 20th century to home in on a couple of popular theories was in my opinion a fatal one. It killed a lot of creativity, and has resulted in the stagnant dogmatic mess that we currently see in theoretical physics. A healthy scientific environment should be full of competing theories, and my work is hopefully an example of that. I explain a whole range of phenomena in terms of particles with accompanying pilot waves. I’m also able to explain the Mercury anomaly without bending space.
          This doesn’t mean that I’m necessarily correct about everything. However, it does mean that there are alternative views that explains a whole range of phenomena.
          The aether proposed in my book is a mix of low energy photons and neutrinos, so it’s quite close to what Wal Thornhill has in mind. However, the aether is not a transmitting medium in my theory. Rather, it’s like an extremely fluid gas. Hence, the pilot waves around everything that moves.
          My theory of gravity as an imbalance in the electric force deviates quite a lot from the dipole model proposed by Ralph Sansbury. The aether has a more important role in my theory, and since everything in the aether moves at the speed of light, I end up with the conclusion that all field forces are limited by this speed.
          If Ralph Sansbury is proven right about the speed of light, my theory will have to be considerably altered or scrapped, together with a lot of other theories, so I’m naturally apprehensive at the thought. On the other hand, it could be an interesting challenge to incorporate such a finding. But I remain sceptical. I’ll stick with c being a limiting factor for now.

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