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“I think it’s much more interesting to live not knowing than to have answers which might be wrong.” Richard Feynman

Quote of the WeekOur freedom to doubt was born out of a struggle against authority in the early days of science. It was a very deep and strong struggle: permit us to question — to doubt — to not be sure. I think that it is important that we do not forget this struggle and thus perhaps lose what we have gained. Richard Feynman, Value of Science

Might time and locality not be fundamental to reality? 

Natalie Wolchover writes here: https://www.simonsfoundation.org/quanta/20130917-a-jewel-at-the-heart-of-quantum-physics/ describing some interesting mathematics with some interesting possible implications. Really cool. I found it fascinating, and it seems on the right track to my meager understanding. 

Luboš Motl, a crazy-smart physicist, who blogs from Pilsen, Czech Republic, writes here: http://motls.blogspot.com/2013/09/amplituhedron-wonderful-pr-on-new.html. He mainly says it looks cool. Given that he understands this stuff, it makes me think my excitement might be warranted. 

My take on the notions is that time might prove to be an emergent phenomenon, rather than fundamental. Take a thunderstorm for example. It is emergent from forces acting. There are thermodynamic drivers and mass transfer processes and state transformations involved, lightening, etc., but the thunderstorm isn’t fundamentally a thing. It is made of lots of interacting things. It is mind-boggling to think of time as emerging from “things”, perhaps simply from geometry. Hmm… More pondering required. Definitely more reading as more information is published. 

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