The quantum trail inevitably leads to new information from unexpected sources, and tonight's search for links regarding time waves (Advanced and Retarded) fetched up a paper of considerable interest. Antonella Vannini is a PhD student in Rome who's obviously thinking outside the box about Time.
In his paper
you'll find reference to Luigi Fantappie, whose work on quantum mechanics and Special Relativity in 1941 led to his coining of the term Syntropy, the retrocausal symmetry of Entropy, in which events are propagated in the future prior to reaching the present. This is as opposed to the entropic tendency for reality to appear as if all things lead inevitably to an irreversible state of chaos (as when a glass smashes on the floor, and cannot regenerate itself back to the entire state it once possessed).
A state of entropy is determined (by most scientists at the time of writing) to be absolute in the evolution of the Universe, which is postulated to become, eventually, a discordant soup of sludgy brown material without any particular form. The article behind the image above says otherwise.
Vannini refers (in his fascinating essay) to the EPR Paradox (the Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen paradox you can find described in this link), relating to quantum entanglement and the apparent breach of speed-of-light limits set out in the Terms of General Relativity. Its resolution is achieved by application of the d'Alambert operator, which allows for both Advanced and Retarded wave forms to take part in the entangled process and thereby, per se, the creation of reality.
When the d'Alambert operator is applied to Schoedinger's wave equation (which applies time ((to collapse of the wave function)) in the classical forward-arrow format), the EPR paradox ceases to take mathematical effect, because the speed-of-light problem, if Time intersects the respondent mechanism from past and future points simultaneously, ceases to exist. All states of superposition are allowed at all times, and no 'hidden variables' (as in Bell's Theorem) need apply. No problem.
What we're seeing here, if you see these things as I do, is a cast-iron case for a retrocausal Universe, and the store we set in the idea of 'creating our own reality' is hinged entirely on the concept of causal/retrocausal entanglement. If all states allowable within any given parameter (situation) are superpositioned (i.e. open to all options being available), the Multiverse must also play its part in supplying the multitude of options into which Reality (the wave form) at any given moment may fall (collapse).
The collapse of the wave function (referred to in both the above links, so no need for another one here but you can have Wiki's anyway) is said to occur through the medium of observation, but this assumption is itself going to fall under a sticky wicket when you consider, across Multiversal perambulation, the sheer volume of Observers at work in the equation.
Now, we know from experience that absolutely nothing ever happens exactly as we imagine it will. We also know that our focus has a bearing on outcome - that positive and negative considerations on any event yet to materialise (and within the context of this discussion, on past events also) have some impact on the actuality of that event when it finally finds its way into the material timeline, Entropy and Syntropy notwithstanding. We fear the worst, likely we'll get something close. We hope for the best, and while we can be disappointed, we probably escaped the worst-case scenario. The best is often saved for last, when we expected no such thing. Leading the way, the way we feel as if blinded by the light at the end of the tunnel, is our old friend Synchronicity, who's probably related to Syntropy.
Without claiming a Theory of Everything in the making here, I'd go so far as to suggest that we are closer to defining how our reality is constructed than perhaps we've ever been in the history of (this particular) civilisation. We didn't expect half of what we got in the outcomes we've been delivered so far, but we might see some patterns emerging, and could be making sense of suggestions that point to the hand we have in our own versions of What Happens Next. There are people like me who prefer not to grab the tiller, and would rather leave outcomes to those (residing most likely in other dimensions) who know more about what constitutes the 'Highest Greatest Good'. There are others who swear by the Law of Attraction, and others (probably not reading my Blogs) who think this is all a load of Woo.
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Whether or if the glass is half-full, the balance of symmetry allows it also to be half-empty; whichever way you look at it, there are more forces at work than ourselves in making good the evolution of the Universe. We are quantum, being small enough, and we have therefore the same capabilities as all those quantum particles up there in Syntropy. Let's fill our boots back in the Garden, where we were before we knew we knew Too Much of Not Enough.
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Kathy is the author of Quantumology. She met quantum mechanics in 1997 and pledged allegiance to its sources thereafter. These are her personal thoughts and testimonies. For professional testimonials please see Programmes.