Wednesday, April 29, 2009

On the Condensation of the Signifier


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So, I met Tepper Gill the other day. He has a theory that ultraviolet divergence can be explained away as an artifact of assuming the universe does not have a proper time, due to Einsteinian relativity. I am not sure exactly what UV divergence is, but I think it has to do with 'self-energy' of a particle interacting with itself, which, like looking into a mirror while holding another behind your back, will lead to an infinite self-referential chain. If you throw away the postulate that all reference frames are equivalent relativistically, and instead assume there is a priviledged reference frame (such as you), then you have to assume the physics of the particle's self is also priviledged, so you must use the proper time frame, which is called the proper time. All those reflections aren't real. (The proper time apparently is the standard Lorentz metric, only with the coordinate time exchanged with the proper time, so it is of a standard Euclidean form and positive definite. This follows from the Heisenberg uncertainty principle, which essentially says it is crazy to imagine you can actually interact with yourself infinitely, or that actually the 'shit don't stop' (NEG, they stop at 3 o'clock).
So if you know 'what the proper time it is', the infinite loop goes away, without needing renormalization groups. The twin paradox also vanishes. Photons can become massive and travel at any speed. There is no time dilation, or length contraction,

He is aware of conventionalism but feels his is not a conventionalist theory. My suspicion is this is wrong, because on paper all equations have the same status. Gill also believes in God, who presumably defines the proper time.

(Interestingly, if you assume that the measurement process creates reality ('it from bit') then quantum theory also implies some neutral observor who creates the universe by observing it. Conceivably, one can show quantum theory's uncertainty principle follows from relativity, and the reverse. Several papers essentially try to show this, though the theories look quite different---one being a mechanical, metrical, real, and deterministic theory, and the other being stochastic and complex. If viewed as a form of geometric optics, the two theories look more similar. Bohm's quantum potential defines the proper time. What is called the renormalization group then might be just a series expansion of the uncertainty, or the commutator. (Using commutator calculus then you can end up with infinite series exapnsions, such as the representation of the golden ratio.)

Gill doesn't mention much of the more recent studies similar to his, such as those of Vigier or Sachs. This is a fairly typical academic pattern, of preferring to write your own papers rather than read others'.


On WPFW, Brother Ah was discussing his work with prisoners. He said they told him many really did it for the rush, so you have to substitute one rush for another if you want to solve crime. This is similar to Lorenz's view on agression, which should be ritualized, and AA, which seeks to substitute a talk shop for a bar stool.


Dean Baker exposed the recent media PR about the economy. If money is a Goldstone boson, then its easy to understand where it went. Using Gill's theory (or renormalization) it is mostly an illusion, as suggested by the klabor theory of value.