Arrow of Time and Reality: In Search of a Conciliation

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World Scientific, 1997 - Science - 290 pages
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What is Reality? What is the role of human consciousness in the shaping of such a concept? These questions are as old as mankind and gave rise to the MIND-MATTER dualism which preoccupied so many physicists: Schrödinger, Wigner, etc. This book considers the problem within the realm of contemporary physics, and shows that it could be related to that of ultimate entities. The author develops the viewpoint according to which human thinking activities are fruit of the Cosmos and of its combinatorial activity. Ultimate entities, the bricks out of which our universe is made, could be hidden, as a primordial alphabet, in the foundations of the pyramid of increasing complexity, which seems to unfold as a language and to culminate in the emergence of organized and thinking structures. This is analyzed in the context of cosmological screening and horizons (an expression of our lack of access to totality) where macroscopic and microscopic can mingle, where a unification of interactions and a matching of available arrows of time can take place. This context is also that of quantum evaporation of particle-antiparticle like entities, which triggers entropy increase, and of the overlap between General Relativity and Quantum Mechanics. The problem of an (global) origin of the cruising (and evanescent) “Now” is considered. A creative principle (reminiscent of the biological mitosis) is also presented which is the generator of the “event” through breaking of temporal symmetry. In this perspective, time-flow is an emergent concept: Creation of the World is declined priority on the concept of “coming into existence”. Participant to the origin of the World, all (possibly virtual) processes are able to culminate into the phenomenon of consciousness and Self-Awareness.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
7 Potentiality of consciousness
14
F Gfields and monopoles
27
Chap 3 CAUSALITY VIOLATION AND UNIFICATION OF COUPLING CONSTANTS 1 Introduction
37
3 Conformal isometry and constant expansion
41
4 Magnetic mass or charge to mass or electric charge ratio
44
5 Monopole phase and expansion phase of the universe
45
Chap 4 LONG RANGE UNIFIED INTERACTION AND TEMPORALLY FIRST CAUSE 1 Introduction
47
ONSET OF A TIMEARROW 1Introduction the broken vase
147
2 Maxwell fields in the monopole geometry
149
3 Formal quantization
151
4 Superselected photonic sectors
153
5 Orientability and PT violation at the quantum level
155
an analogy with kaons?
157
Chap ll ENTROPY SINKS AND EMERGENCE OF ORGANIZED STRUCTURES 1 Entropy sinks
159
an entropylike invariant
160

3 The Ashtekar variables
49
4 SU2 bundle over spacetime and its geometry
50
5 Extrema of the action and field equations on P h
53
6 Bundle geodesics and charged particles
54
7 SU2 x 71 unifying formalism for electromagnetism interacting with gravity
56
8 YangMills field on PioP2 h and long range interaction
58
10 A cosmic censorship
60
Chap 5 UNIFICATION IN THE FOAMLIKE TOPOLOGY 1Introduction
69
2 Ul gauge connections at conformal null infinity
71
3 Spacetime non trivial bundle structure and Maxwellian connections in interaction with gravity
74
4 Towards a 71 x S72 gauge group
78
Chap 6 CAUSALITY DETERMINISM AND ORIENTABILITY
83
b The attitude of Quantum Gravity
99
f Summary
112
B Quantum PT invariance
126
Chap 9 MONOPOLES AND QUANTUM REGIME 1 Introduction
135
3 Physical implications
140
4 Dirac Quantization on the Hubble Sphere
144
3 Emergence of organized structures
165
4 Emergence of diversity
168
5 Remark on gravitational surfusion
175
the priorities
179
2 Monopole dissipation and thermodynamical arrow
180
3 The cosmic dilation
182
4 Retardation of radiation
184
5 Cooling of the background radiation
185
6 Biological rythms and cycles
187
7 Linear time out of cyclic times
188
8 Unfolding of consciousness and timeflow
189
E MatterAntimatter imbalance from global to local
202
Chap 14 OPINIONS ON CREATION AND REALITY
219
EPILOGUE
233
APPENDIX 2 COSMIC EDGE AND UNIFICATION
241
THE KEY?
267
ADDITIONAL BIBLIOGRAPHY
285
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