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Turner, R. (2017). Causative Philosophy illustrates Time Flow. PHILICA.COM Article number 1205.

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Causative Philosophy illustrates Time Flow

Robert P. Turnerunconfirmed user (independent researcher, Lancaster University)

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Abstract –Philosophy and mathematics combine in physics as presumptions undergoing logical manipulation. A time flow philosophy is the central presumption differentiating quantum’s “unfolding universe” from Einstein’s “block universe” models.
Causative philosophy illustrates time flow using the simple argument that if a photon is a time point (it is a static in time point after all) in reciprocal transfer with a charge point (whilst static in space) then a space time point is the quantum event of their interaction. This natural model of the two causal sets of space and time in reciprocal counter flow has space time points at their interface.

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Henceforth space by itself, and time by itself, are doomed to fade away into mere shadows, and only a kind of union of the two will preserve an independent reality. So said Hermann Minkowski in 1908; the resulting entity would form a unified space-time continuum (depicted by manifold M).

Einstein argued that distinction between past, present and future is purely subjective because a simultaneous time cross-section of space-time in one rest frame has different distant time points in another, so past and future co-exist with present (his dead friend still lives) in the continuum. A unified space-time continuum is referred to as a block universe in which Einsteins theories are causative and deterministic, unlike quantum mechanics which is probabilistic and indeterminate, allowing time to flow in an unfolding universe where future is not pre-determined. Adherents of an unfolding universe note that equations in physics do not refer to the present moment now so t = 0 has no special significance. Simultaneous points are not connectable in the causative sense, so the subjectivity argument is un-real and the block universe is a limited and static record of real now events because M omits nows causality and its need to be dynamic and presently happening.

Given Special Relativity, a charge point measures a photon at light speed c through space as a here point collapsed in space and static in time; given reciprocal equivalence, this photon measures the charge point at t(0) = -c through time as a now point collapsed in time and static in space. So photons are time points flowing through space, charge points are space points flowing through time and space conjoining time are their interaction event points: quantum events of space points conjoining time points are only conjoined at points of passing, in flux of being. These causal sets in reciprocal transfer provide a natural model whereby causative philosophy illustrates time flow.

For instance, let r identify a static in space point, t a static in time point, t(now) a point moving through time, and r(here) a point moving through space. A star at space time point A emit @ (r = 0, t) is seen at space time point B absorb @ (r, t + r/c) as it was r/c in the past because photons move at light speed c through space, not at all through time. Clearly, photon time point (t, r(here)) separated r in space from its source charge point at (r = 0, t(now) = t) in reciprocal transfer to the source and sinks t(now) which separated r/c in time from t to conjoin photon with sink charge point at (r, t(now) = t+ r/c). Accordingly, Einsteins philosophy of past and future time co-existing present-now fails at local-here points where present-now is separate from past and future by r space and r/c time.

Space by Itself, and Time by Itself

Consider space by itself, and time by itself, before or after conjoining at now. When a moving source charge passes a test charge an electric force is directed along a line of space directly connecting them [1]. A carried force implies finite speed (so, dependent on time), with the force directed from the source charges retarded position and not directly in line, just as a stellar photon displays aberration passing through a telescope according to the earths velocity. But the line of force is direct, without aberration and acting as an instant force. Excluding action at a distance means the force acts locally, which implies local electrostatic potential V throughout the charge points electrostatic extension CD of the distant charge sources Cn (so, within the fabric of space independent of time). Gravity prevails on the larger scale where electrons and protons negate each others fields; General Relativity requires that gravity also acts locally, depicting distant mass as distorting surrounding space which implies gravitational potential locally (again, within the fabric of space independent of time). Light waves are at rest in static time so cosmic microwave background radiation (remnants of thermal equilibrium after Big Bang) implies local electromagnetic potential A throughout a body of static time PQ connecting photons Pn (so, within the fabric of time independent of space).

Apparent independence indicates a semi autonomous nature between space and time; Einsteins photo electric effect identifies an electron and photon conjoining in quantum interactions as locally collapsed points, their connection across a light speed barrier presenting a restriction which causes electromagnetic time waves to collapse to individual photon time points and electrostatic space fields to individual charge space points; in the sense that these are separate rest frames, they are separate neighborhoods so un-conjoined space and time are separated into semi autonomous regions by an interface comprising space time points of locally collapsed electrons and photons conjoining. This requires that we next consider the light speed different rest frames of space [S] and time [S] as two separate causal sets in reciprocal flow under the Doctrine of Reciprocity of Transference.

Seventeenth century Descartes philosophy of motion [2] incorporates points and neighborhoods (his term for rest frames) into the Doctrine of Reciprocity of Transference: if a point is in motion v relative to a neighborhood then the neighborhood is in reciprocal motion -v relative to the point. Represent space as a neighborhood rest frame [S] of electrostatic extensions CD connecting charge point bodies Cn which interact with photon bodies Pn connected by light wave extensions PQ, a neighborhood rest frame of static time [S]. When point P (or its extension PQ) separates from point C (or its extension CD) the concept from P is that C moves and the reciprocal concept from C is that P moves: an arbitrary choice of [S] in motion and [S] at rest, or vice versa.

But a subsystem of [S] with t0 time flow is reciprocal to a subsystem of [S] with light speed c space flow so t0 = -c. Special Relativity time dilations time rate reduction (t/t0)2 = 1 (v/c)2 with t02 = c2 becomes [t2 = c2- v2] (a ratio of speeds: here t is time rate, time lengths inverse). By [c2 = t2 + v2] Pythagoras shows time and space to be orthogonally different dimensions as well as in light speed reciprocal separation, different rest frames with time flow through a space rest frame and its reciprocal, space flow through a time rest frame.

An arbitrary change of rest frame explains this apparent contradiction; associated photon (time) and charge (space) points are in reciprocal transfer, moving 180o relative to each other (measured locally from either ones rest frame so either v or t = 0) despite time and space being orthogonal dimensions, moving at 90o to each other relative to a third rest frame (when measured from an un-local rest frame, neither v nor t = 0).

Local Quantum Points of Space Conjoining Time

Space time points at their space and time interface have to be compatible with the motion factors underpinning Special Relativity. Time length dilation factor γ and its inverse, trajectory space length contraction and time rate reduction factor 1/γ = (1 v2/c2)1/2 = 0 for v2 = c2; so, charge points measure a light ray moving at light speed c through space as photons collapsed here in space and static in time: a photon is also a time point [t, r (here @ c through space)]; in reciprocal equivalence, a photon measures a charge point moving t(0) = -c through time as collapsed now in time and static in space: a charge point is also a space point [r, t (now @ - c through time)]. (Equivalently, causative philosophy implies quark space groups have gluon time points, so a c speed photon is not the only class of time point).

So photons and charge points interact as conjoining space time points of quantum energy exchange across their light speed interface, as quantum points. Conversely, space time points interface their simultaneous extensions of continuous electrostatic space fields and continuous electromagnetic time waves, a Gauge bundle concept (after Kaluza Klein) causing now to happen at their conjoining.

Also, space rest frame [S] maintains spatial distance between reference points where a charge point is static in its own electrostatic space field: a point of space. This charge point measures photons at rest in static time, identifying a new category of rest frame for photons converging, conjoining and diverging a given charge point. A time rest frame [S] maintains time distances between reference points where a photon is static in its own electromagnetic time wave: a point of time.

Einstein presumed time and space to be relative across a kinetic interface between two different rest frames but simultaneous throughout one inertial space rest frame, contradicting time points being light speed different rest frames to space points. He took three space time points, present point B(now) reflecting at now a photon emitted at past point A(emit) to be re-absorbed at future point A(absorb) within the same rest frame (of space points), so that [A(absorb) B(now) = B(now) - A(emit)], defining simultaneous A and B points of time by [(t(past emission @A) + t(future absorption @A)) / 2 =  t(now @B)], enabling t(past) + t(future) to be re-installed as a series of instant time snapshots of space, a block universe concept where the nature of space and time is an arena of background co-ordinates M, an accurate format to record events which nevertheless contradicts Machs rule [3] to abandon all notions of background space.

But now isnt simultaneous across a space rest frame, it is always local. Time points and space points being different rest frames in light speed reciprocal transfer, a charge points now relates to a time point with v = c in the Lorentz Einstein transform [t/γ = t vr/c2] so 1/γ = (1 v2/c2)1/2 = 0, [t/γ =0 = t r/c] and [t(now @ r = 0) = t(now @ r) - r/c]. Divergent c being positive (convergent c negative), t(now @ r) is an r/c past (future) time phase-now point and t(r) is a past (future) photon time point relative to charge space point [r(0) , t(now @ r=0)]; this re-instates t(future) + t(past) as spatially distant points and (incoming future + outgoing past) electro magnetic waves. So now is always a space points local perspective of space time events, distant points being each others future and past; simultaneous time points in static records like M cant cause real being because M omits both causative and happening now, which are the very essence of reality.

That now relates to individual particles locally (so that r distant ones are relative future and past r/c to each other) gives a confined r space region within groups of fixed geometry an internal time band of ±r/c photon transit time (or ± gluon transit time for a quark space group). At the other extreme, r at infinity is r/c forever before and after Big Bang, so time flow did not emerge from an absence of time, it evolved from a spatial distribution of existing time points.


Any reconstruction of reality is once removed. A graph records realitys time flow on a time axis in one of papers two static space dimensions, and memory records it as a sequence of events projected along its own static parameter, like Ms fourth space time dimension. We conceive time flow by recreating it from memorys static records and imagine nows flow through time like its flow through M. So a realistic model should distinguish records with static points and a reality of dynamic now with reciprocal time flow; then local now matches r/c distant time at r distant space.

This model has radiation as continuous electromagnetic time waves in reciprocal transfer with continuous electrostatic space fields (which are also Louis de Broglie waves). These are separate (un-conjoined) and semi-autonomous rest frames which Einsteins photo electric effects show to interact locally as discontinuous points, i.e. particle like space time points as required by lights duality of wave like propagation through space and particle like interaction with matter. Time points conjoining space points epitomized by photons conjoining charge points show reality to be present events (happening now) together with their causative Kalitza Klein extensions (causative now) and the block universe model M to be an incomplete static record of past, present and future events without causative extensions, without the need to be presently happening and without dynamic now.

Explicitly, a photon [t, r (here)] conjoins a charge point [r, t(now)] to become a local space time point [r, t (+ r/c)] inside the conjoining space time manifold M, and they separate (un-conjoin) out of space time as electro-static space (with trajectory t(now) through t time) and electro-magnetic time (with trajectory r(here) through r space). So [t(now), r(here)] is recorded at their [r, t’(+ r/c)] interface of space time M at conjoining here now points to separate future from past and time from space.

So M’s space time components are arbitrarily static [r, t’(+ r/c)] in their own rest frames, but not as a static arena of background co-ordinates, being light speed [t(now), r(here)] in each other’s: space time is a transient state of quantum point events in flux of being, of presently happening now points (discontinuous quantum events of space and time conjoining). Such space time points have simultaneous extensions of causative now (un-conjoined and continuous) causing here now events by converging as future to conjoin at here now points and diverging as past (a gauge bundle concept): a wave particle duality of analogue extensions to quantum points.

Also time and space rest frames present reciprocal sub-systems with reciprocal perspectives epitomized by photons [t, r(here)] conjoining charge points [r, t(now)]. Dynamic r(here) is a photon time points one dimensional causative trajectory through a distribution of positional r in a three dimensional space region reciprocal to dynamic t(now) of a charge space points one dimensional causative trajectory through an r/c distribution of positional t in a three dimensional time region.

Imagine a space time interface between space and time as a brane [4] of space time points acting as portals for quantum energy exchange (from discontinuous quantum interactions between charge point and photon); the portals connectivity is restricted by their light speed barrier collapsing space fields to individual charge quanta at the positional time side of the brane (an electric string concept) and light waves to individual photon quanta at the positional space side of the brane (a magnetic loop concept, strings inverse): a restrictive interface which separates continuous electrostatic space and continuous electromagnetic time into their own semi-autonomous three dimensional regions.

Of course, M omits the locality condition established by Einsteins photo-electric effect of an individual photon [r, t(now)] combining with an individual electron [t, r(here)] and the Lorentz Einstein distribution for now at local and distant charge points. Local time points moving r(here) through space, and local space points moving t(now) through time conjoin at local space time points [r, t’(+ r/c)] to give charge points a local Lorentz Einstein distribution [t(now @ r = 0) = t(now @ r) - r/c] connected by (incoming future + outgoing past) electro magnetic waves, re-introducing t(future) + t(past) to a charge points t(present now), r distant phase-now points being r/c future and past points to each other.

Reality super-imposes locality conditions onto M according to an arbitrary focus, and the subjective focus for causative physics is the measuring body and process which is entirely ego-centrically local.

This requires a model whereby two infinite sets (future and past time) of time phase points map t(now @ r) to one infinite set of space charge points r for each charge points t(now @ r=0) in our sub system of static space rest frames with (incoming future + outgoing past) electro magnetic waves of causative-dynamic time. Reciprocal transfer reveals static time rest frames with (incoming future + outgoing past) electro static fields of causative-dynamic space, a sub system where t is positional in static time r/c the same way r is positional (i.e. three dimensional) in static space; so two infinite sets (future and past space) of phase space points map to one infinite set of time points t for each photons r(here @ t=0).

Every charge point and photon has its own egocentric map.


1.   Special Relativity by A.P. French, Introductory Physics Series, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1991 reprint).

2.   The Cambridge Companion to Descartes, Chapter ten contributed by Daniel Garber, Cambridge University Press (1992).

3.   The Road to Reality, by Roger Penrose, Vintage Books (2005).

4.   The Ekpyrotic Universe: Colliding Branes and the origin of the Hot Big Bang, by Justin Khourg, Burt A. Ovrut, Paul J. Steinhardt and Neil Turok, Cornell University Library (2001).

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