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Don midwest
Time Chrystal A time crystal or space-time crystal is an open system in non-equilibrium with its environment that exhibits time translation symmetry breaking (TTSB). In March 2017, it was reported that the theoretical concept of time crystals had been proven, showing that, contrary to the expectation of the laws of thermodynamics, it has been shown to be impossible for these crystals to be in equilibrium with their environment over time.[1] The idea of a time crystal was first put forward by Nobel laureate and MIT professor Frank Wilczek in 2012.[a] Space-time crystals extend the ordinary three-dimensional symmetry seen in crystals to include the fourth dimension of time; a time crystal spontaneously breaks the symmetry of time translation. The crystal’s pattern repeats not in space, but in time, which allows for the crystal to be in perpetual motion.[3] Time crystals are closely related to the concepts of zero-point energy and the dynamical Casimir effect. this article form wiki gets into quantum physics and other weird stuff. One can get through the words but really deep. I was a math major all the way through so I saw a link to topological order so it sounded like topology classes I took in my graduate math classes. Here are the first two paragraph from the link (also a wiki article) In physics, topological order[1] is a kind of order in zero-temperature phase of matter (also known as quantum matter). Macroscopically, topological order is defined/described by robust ground state degeneracy[2] and quantized non-Abelian geometric phases of degenerate ground states.[1] Microscopically, topological order corresponds to patterns of long-range quantum entanglement.[3] States with different topological orders (or different patterns of long range entanglements) cannot change into each other without a phase transition. Topologically ordered states have some interesting properties, such as (1) topological degeneracy and fractional statistics/non-abelian statistics that can be used to realize topological quantum computer; (2) perfect conducting edge states that may have important device applications; (3) emergent gauge field and Fermi statistics that suggest a quantum information origin of elementary particles (it from qubit);[4] (4) topological entanglement entropy that reveals the entanglement origin of topological order, etc. Topological order is important in the study of several physical systems such as spin liquids,[5][6][7][8] the quantum Hall effect,[9][10] along with potential applications to fault-tolerant quantum computation.[11] I got my Ph. D. in math 44 years ago and there was nothing like physics in the abstract topological spaces we played around with. No point in giving the link because can find from the first article. A friend sent this article to me. Strange that about the same time I was reading an article on Bruno Latour and Charles Peguy. The latter was a poet, pamphleteer and an philosopher and was killed in WWI in 1914. Bruno looks to his work and his challenge to modernity (le monde moderene) as relevant to today. The article by Latour on Penguy has an introduction. Notice what it says about readers and then ends with space-time Latour celebrates Péguy as a reader of le monde moderne. He describes how, for Péguy, reading must always entail a collaboration between reader and text, a form of travailler avec,6 in which each must act reciprocally upon the other in order to synthesize a new reality out of what was present before. In this arrangement the reader is called—or “deployed,” as Péguy might say—to read in such a way as to create, literally, a new space-time, participating in the glorious reality of the Bergsonian élan vital. The reader who succeeds in this task will be lauded by Péguy as a revolutionary, as a hero or as a saint. The reader who fails in this task, however, will find himself castigated for succumbing to the spirit of the age, for passively rehashing ready-made concepts and ideas, for mutating and deforming a living tradition, and for applying a hermeneutic to the text that is valid for the natural sciences alone (hence, Péguy’s disdain for the old Sorbonnards such as Gustave Lanson). A true reading experience, then, is one that is constantly renewed by each successive generation. The reading experience we find in modernity, by contrast, is calcified and habituated: “Homer is new this morning,” Péguy tells us, “and there is nothing perhaps so old as today’s newspaper.”7 What results for those inhabiting le monde moderne, then, is nothing less than a deflation of space-time Latour’s work with 15 modes of existence is a project to unravel the many contradictory themes of modernity which get in the way of, for example, not realizing that The New Climate Regime is the emergency facing the world and it cuts across all institutions and all cultures and all non humans (at least those in the Earth/Gaia thin layer that we have only and always inhabited and have to return to rather than looking to some transcendent God or promise of technology to save us). This article does not address what was in parenthesis but that is covered many other places. Another comment from the introduction to the article. Notice that Latour leads us into a new understanding of space-time, and through his work on An Inquiry into the Modes of Existence to understand how we have been able to deny and deflect The New Climate Regime Latour’s own project, from day one, has been likewise concerned with tracing the mediations and translations that determine the reality we inhabit, a reality that is all-too-frequently obscured for us by a worldview— by a form of “reading,” we might say—that has been imposed upon us by le monde moderne.8 Moreover, in his most recent project, Latour invites us to join him in investigating how the space-time of modernity can be recaptured or thought anew by means of a plurality of modes of existence.9 In Latour’s short article he notes that Penguy used poetry to express things that could not be expressed in other speech. That was a really important insight for me who only in recent years have been able to get into… Read more »
Don midwest

OH MY God. Thw whole post ended up with no paragraph marks. Have to run off to church. Will fix it later and put in white spaces. and quotes

don

eve

no worries – when one clicks on “Read more” at the end of your comment, it opens to include your intended paragraphs.

polarbear4

Thanks, beimbob

SparkyGump

A real alien invasion would be more one sided than the Spanish Conquest of the Americas. Just imagine what advantages a species with a ten thousand year head start on us would have. They could most probably simply kill us off with a virus and mop up the survivors.

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