Everyday entropy: plays poorly with others


Gravity and quantum information do not play well with one another.  There is no information in distance or time, and there is no gravity or time in quantum mechanics.  Part of the problem is that space is in continuous flux. You don’t fall because gravity pulls but because the distance between you and earth is decreasing. Distance and time both dilate, so they can’t be solved except probabilistically.  If you think of gravitation as a continuous dilation of space in time as opposed to a static curvature of the spacetime reference frame, you can see how gravity  messes with everything that we can conceive of as information about the universe.  Not only is the distance between you and the centre of the earth shrinking, but the distance between you and everything around you is also shrinking continuously.  The distance between you and yourself is shrinking, and your atoms have to continuously stretch themselves out to maintain their dimensions, which are determined electromagnetically, not spatially.  Gravitation and electromagnetism can’t be the same thing or even part of the same system because they work at cross purposes.  Clocks slow down in the presence of a strong gravitational field because every oscillation is a function of quantised information, which can’t keep time with the continuous dilation of the space between waves.  Each oscillation has to go a bit further in space to get back to its electromagnetically determined end point in order to counteract the shrinking of space that occurs between the start and end of its period.  In this way, you can see time dilation as a function of the diminution of distances in space, and necessary for things to maintain their electromagnetic and informational dimensions.  Space dilates continuously, and not, to the best of our knowledge, in the stepping interactions of quantum mechanics.

This is important because, even at the macroscopic scales of urban planning that seem totally stable, spreadsheets full of information can’t tell you the distance between two points.  In fact, the distance between two points is always in flux, depending on the condition of the path and the mode of transit.  Distance is only well defined when you have an open line of sight between two places, and even then there are usually many obstacles between here and there.


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