20210301

Anti-gravity?

 PSI Blog 20210301 Anti-gravity?

 

Thanks to Tao Lin for the first question of the week:

 

“I highly enjoyed your book Infinite Universe Theory. Thank you for your stunning and informative work. Now on to my question, which doesn't directly relate to the universe being infinite, but is connected.


This might sound crazy to you, depending on what you’ve read, but in my research, I’ve become pretty convinced that both extraterrestrials and humans have mastered anti-gravity, allowing UFOs, both alien and manmade, to fly in ways that defy conventional physics. Based on your theory of gravity, Aether Deceleration Theory, can you speculate on a possible way to achieve anti-gravity?

 

[GB: Tao, thanks so much. Glad you enjoyed the book. You will be getting the first prize. I listed your choices below.[1] Please let me know which one you would like.

 

Because gravitation is an acceleration, any device that counteracts that acceleration is what might be called an “anti-gravity” machine. Anything that temporarily leaves the surface of Earth could be called such. I guess I am one of those “machines” when I jump off the surface of the snow while skiing. To your point, a rocket is an anti-gravity machine. Unfortunately, all anti-gravity machines require fuel, except when getting a “gravitational assist” when passing a massive cosmological body surrounded by decelerated aether having reduced aetherial pressure.

 

With respect to visits from aliens traveling from the nearest star, Wikipedia says this:

 

“The journey to Alpha Centauri B orbit would take about 100 years, at an average velocity of approximately 13,411 km/s (about 4.5% the speed of light) and another 4.39 years would be necessary for the data to begin to reach Earth.”

 

Also:

 

“The fastest outward-bound spacecraft yet sent, Voyager 1, has covered 1/600 of a light-year in 30 years and is currently moving at 1/18,000 the speed of light [16.7 km/s]. At this rate, a journey to Proxima Centauri would take 80,000 years.”

 

So, don’t get your hopes up about traveling to the stars anytime soon or receiving visits from aliens. Looks like “social distancing” with regard to Centauri is permanent. Accessible alien life would have to be in our own solar system. NASA has looked at the planets and their moons pretty well—no sign of extraterrestrial civilizations above ground at least. Looks like we can leave the UFO trope to the conspiracy theorists.

 

Of course, the quest for a truly miraculous anti-gravity machine has been a dream even before Einstein’s perfectly empty space nonsense made it seem possible. The imagined machine would exist as a solitary system within an environment of nothingness (e.g., “space-time”). It supposedly would reverse gravitation by manufacturing “anti-gravity” within itself, perhaps by producing a magical “pull” to counter the magical “pull” some still believe to be the cause of gravitation. But those silly ideas stem from the failure to understand the univironmental nature of the physical cause of gravitation. They are some of the more grievous products of the assumption of finity and its associated aether denial.

 

Tao, as you know, univironmental determinism claims that what happens to a portion of the universe depends on the infinite matter within and without. As you surmised, the analysis of the quest for anti-gravity has very much to do with Infinite Universe Theory. As I explained in Aether Deceleration Theory,[2] gravitation is an acceleration. Per Newton's Second Law of Motion, all accelerations require an accelerator, something that can produce collisions with other things. In the case of gravitation, once having collided with baryonic (ordinary) matter, the causative particles (aether) become decelerated per Newton’s law. The aetherial pressure around massive bodies decreases as a result, while its density increases. Gravitational potential is the difference between the distal pressure of aether and its proximal pressure.

 

To reverse that situation indeed would be miraculous. That vision would have to remain imaginary—it never could happen. One would have to accelerate all the decelerated aether particles proximal to any material body to velocities greater than those of distal aether particles. Even if that were possible, the energy required would be greater than the resulting anti-gravity effect. It would be like cutting down an entire forest just to get a single piece of lumber. Looks like we will have to be satisfied with practical anti-gravity engines similar to the ones we have already.]

 

     

 

 

 

 



[1] "The Ten Assumptions of Science" (pdf, ebook, paperback, hardcover); "The Scientific Worldview" (ebook, paperback, hardcover, audiobook); “Universal Cycle Theory” (pdf); “Infinite Universe Theory”; (Kindle, b&w or color paperback), "Religious Roots of Relativity" (Kindle, b&w or color paperback).  

[2] Borchardt, Glenn, 2018, The Physical Cause of Gravitation: viXra:1806.0165

 

8 comments:

Tao Lin said...

Hi Glenn. Thank you for your thoughtful response. I would like a paperback of "The Scientific Worldview". Can I email you my address?

Glenn Borchardt said...

Tao:
You are welcome! And congrats on winning the first prize. One TSW on the way. Thanks for sending the email with your address.
Glenn

Doogie said...

Thanks Tao, Thanks Dr. Glenn.
I have plenty of good questions, but I'm making a shortlist and picking the best couple of questions to send in.
I'm glad Tao sent in the one about anti-gravity. I'll cross that off my list.

Explaining that gravity can't be controlled in a magical sci-fi sense really brings up an important point about Infinite Universe Theory (or whatever history finally names it):

In the deepest sense, it broke my heart that reading The Scientific Worldview nearly ten years ago showed the impossibility of all those fun science-fiction themes like time travel, inter-galactic federations, beings made of pure energy, star-gates, multi-dimensions, unlimited energy machines, transporter technology, warp-speed, spaceships made of anti-matter, ... All those sci-fi themes have been bouncing around in my head since I was ten years old, reading DC and Marvel comics in the stock room of my dad's little grocery store.

After Superman defeated all the human villains, they had to come up with extra-dimensional villains like Mr. Mxyzptlk, who could only be sent back to his dimension by tricking him into saying his name backward (later portrayed by Howie Mandel in the 1990's "Lois & Clark" TV series). My point is that I "knew" all about these weird anti-reality concepts, thanks to comic books and my strict Catholic parents.

Sitting by my in-laws' pool on my Florida vacation in the winter of 2010, I read The Ten Assumptions of Science, quickly followed by The Scientific Worldview. I kept telling my wife Krystal, "this book is blowing my mind". "This book is answering questions I've always had suspicions about, regarding physics and astronomy". I tried to explain to my wife how Glenn's books were demolishing all my favorite science fiction imaginings and ruining the "awe" that Sagan, Hawking, and Asimov inspired in my mind when they asserted a non-infinite worldview.

After all these years, my wife finally understands when I talk about "Glenn and his people". She mostly thinks it's cool that Glenn hikes and skis in northern California.

Glenn Borchardt said...

Thanks Doogie!
Maybe you and Tao should get together and tell us the recipe for traveling from imaginary stuff to reality stuff (with regard to physics and cosmology, of course). So many folks seem to believe the craziest stuff for decades. Oh well, at least that Santa guy disappears along with Puff the Magic Dragon when we are about 8 years old.

Please tell Krystal she is lucky not to hear about the Infinite Universe every single day. Marilyn doesn't either (at least when I am skiing).

Luis Cayetano said...

In fairness, one can't make sweeping assumptions about ET necessarily being comprehensively stranded in its home system if there are indeed plausible ways of making interstellar travel per se feasible (I'm not talking about mass migrations involving billions of aliens on giant spaceships with cities inside of them, but sporadic probes - perhaps with one or a few inhabitants - sent out to neighboring star systems), such as laser sails which could accelerate a craft up to an appreciable fraction of the speed of light. Even if such a craft took centuries to reach another star, there might be ways of altering the inhabitant's perception of time (for example, with some sort of cryosleep or virtual reality. If super-advanced ETs can augment their biology with their technology, doing such things might be a doddle). Voyager is pretty irrelevant; a craft built in the 1970s, using conventional chemical propellants and relying thereafter on nothing more than the momentum imparted to it from gravity-assists from gas giants, isn't the last word on what's possible; it's simply a historical footnote. It's a bit like assuming that travelling to Mars will always take 6 months or more because of the limitations of chemical rockets; in reality, an ion propulsion system being worked on by NASA and its industry partners could shorten the trip to 3 weeks.
I don't, by the way, think that aliens are landing on Earth. But interstellar fly-bys, including with living inhabitants (though more likely just non-living computers), is not necessarily impossible (again, I'm not envisaging grand spaceships with multitudes of beings inside of them, but what about probes, perhaps some with kamikaze crews? That seems well within the bounds of possibility, though still beyond our current technology). As to why aliens would WANT to do that and expend precious resources on such endeavors, why should we presume to know what the psychology of extraterrestrials must be like? We have enough difficulty understanding the psychology of our spouses, neighbors and politicians on this planet.

Tao Lin said...

Thanks for the book prize, which I received and am looking forward to reading.

I have another question:

If an electron contains around 10^20 aether particles, as you estimated in Infinite Universe Theory, it seems like there is a huge gap of particle sizes from the electron to aether particles. Are there any particles between the size of electrons and aether particles?

Glenn Borchardt said...

Great that you are enjoying your prize. You are right that there could all kinds of aether complexes with sizes less than the electron. Remember also that the aether vortex diameter (2.722 X 10^-19 cm) is only a guestimate from Planck's "smallest unit of motion." I have not studied how he came up with that. It might be a single aether particle, like I assumed, or it could be many particles making up a wave, in which case, it would be even smaller.

Tao Lin said...

Interesting. Thank you for the response.