# Thread: Superpositions as a time dimension

1. ## Re: Superpositions as a time dimension

So todays thought on this issue was that a superposition is sort of a translation from the time dimension to the spacial dimensions.

So one difference between time and space is that in space you can isolate mass in a volume of space but you can not isolate mass in a unit of time " here for one second ... gone forever ". Superpositions as a dimension may be able to answer this paradox. There may be one superposition where mass does or does not exist except for a moment in time. Virtual Particles are such. These virtual particles probably only exist in entangled superpositions.

This isnt well thought out and just a random thought about this that I had today and wanted to add to this thread which I am sort of using as open notes for this idea.

2. ## Re: Superpositions as a time dimension

Originally Posted by tom
So todays thought on this issue was that a superposition is sort of a translation from the time dimension to the spacial dimensions.

So one difference between time and space is that in space you can isolate mass in a volume of space but you can not isolate mass in a unit of time " here for one second ... gone forever ".
What do you mean by isolate in space? The influence of mass pervades space, we know. Kinda like it can't be destroyed or created either.
Superpositions as a dimension may be able to answer this paradox. There may be one superposition where mass does or does not exist except for a moment in time. Virtual Particles are such. These virtual particles probably only exist in entangled superpositions.

This isnt well thought out and just a random thought about this that I had today and wanted to add to this thread which I am sort of using as open notes for this idea.

3. ## Re: Superpositions as a time dimension

Originally Posted by grapes
What do you mean by isolate in space?
I mean we can put a ball in a box and keep it there. Not that easy to do in the time dimension. The only instance i can think of is a virtual pair. Popping into existence for a moment then disappearing. In that case they are trapped in a slice of time.

4. ## Re: Superpositions as a time dimension

Originally Posted by tom
I mean we can put a ball in a box and keep it there. Not that easy to do in the time dimension.
The ball is in the box in the time dimension too!

How have you limited the ball by putting it in a box? They're both hurtling through space around the galaxy, through the universe. Their gravitational influence extends for as far as we know.

5. ## Re: Superpositions as a time dimension

Originally Posted by grapes
The ball is in the box in the time dimension too!
Yes it is bounded in the box ( space ) and will travel unbounded through time, forever.

You can not have mass bounded in a unit of time say 1s , yet unbounded through space, except for virtual particles.

6. ## Re: Superpositions as a time dimension

Originally Posted by tom
Yes it is bounded in the box ( space ) and will travel unbounded through time, forever.

You can not have mass bounded in a unit of time say 1s , yet unbounded through space, except for virtual particles.
My point was, putting it in the box does not bound it in space. Not only does it constantly move through space, its influence spreads throughout space. In order for any part of that influence to disappear, the entire mass had to disappear.

Think outside the box

7. ## Re: Superpositions as a time dimension

Originally Posted by grapes
My point was, putting it in the box does not bound it in space. Not only does it constantly move through space, its influence spreads throughout space. In order for any part of that influence to disappear, the entire mass had to disappear.

Think outside the box
Yes ... but it is confined to relative space. You know that it is in the box. Yes its influences are outside of the box. The point that the mass cant disappear means that you arent confining it in time.

In order to confine it in time you need to have it appear and disappear which is not supported by the laws of thermodynamics.

The only thing that can do this that I know of is virtual particles. Not here one moment, here the next, not here the one following.

8. ## Re: Superpositions as a time dimension

Originally Posted by tom
Yes ... but it is confined to relative space. You know that it is in the box. Yes its influences are outside of the box. The point that the mass cant disappear means that you arent confining it in time.

In order to confine it in time you need to have it appear and disappear which is not supported by the laws of thermodynamics.

The only thing that can do this that I know of is virtual particles. Not here one moment, here the next, not here the one following.
Confined to relative space?

Well, right now, it's confined to relative time...

There is no difference. Spacetime is not space and time.

9. ## Re: Superpositions as a time dimension

Originally Posted by grapes
Confined to relative space?

Well, right now, it's confined to relative time...

There is no difference. Spacetime is not space and time.

But the point it is not confined to a time? It is flowing through time. Or maybe you are saying that since i am flowing in time it is confined to the present ?

10. ## Re: Superpositions as a time dimension

Originally Posted by tom
But the point it is not confined to a time? It is flowing through time. Or maybe you are saying that since i am flowing in time it is confined to the present ?
It's flowing through space too! You can't stop it from doing that by putting it in a box, the box just flows with it--just like you flow through time with it.

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