C-theory of Time

If time exists inside our universe, and passes as it appears to pass, A-theory of time is true.  If a reality exists outside of spacetime, time is only an illusion. From this perspective, our past, present, and future happen at the same time.

So if we call the extraverse, our universe plus any reality removed from spacetime, we have two different theories of time alive in the same system. Inside the universe we have A-theory of time, and outside the universe we have (looking at the universe) B-theory of time.

C theory of time

So this is what I call C-theory of Time: A-theory in our universe, and B-theory of time observing our universe from the exterior perspective. Time is real inside spacetime but illusory outside of it.

 

 

Realtime Perception

Georg Cantor was a brilliant mathematician, well ahead of his time. He proved that some infinities are larger than others. He showed that some infinities are countable, and some are not.

Time is countable. The number of days in our lives, and hours in those days, and seconds in those hours. They are all countable. But the distance between the seconds is different. There is no limit to the reduction of real numbers. Meaning in the set of real numbers, there are infinite numbers between one and two. It sounds meaningless, but time is essentially the same as this set of numbers.

So why would time pass if there are infinite numbers between one and two? Because while these numbers may be infinite, our perception of it is limited. So no matter how you perceive time, you cannot perceive all of it. Because if you could, seconds would not pass. Time would not pass. It would stand still.

But since time does pass, we know that our perception of it is limited. And it is just that that may allow it to pass in the first place. 

 

Time is like a tree

Time, the way I see it, looks like a tree. The trunk is the past. The future is the branches. The present is the point at which the branches start. Forgive the drawing.

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The past is written. The present is not the future or the past. The future is a set of infinite potential future outcomes.

What’s interesting though, is to use that comparison, God would look at the future the same way we look at the past. Except for the hidden gem that he exists presently with us now.

We know that we have free will because we make choices every day, and our lives are indicative of these choices, to some extent. I can tell you to touch your nose, and you can touch it or not. Whether you touch it or not, it immediately becomes part of your past. God knows what you were going to do, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have the freedom to do it.

Not only do we have the freedom to make decisions, but we also have the freedom to decide what we think is true. This becomes the basis of our belief system. Determines our logic, and thus governs our thoughts and behaviors.

Finding Right Now

Alternate Title: The Caffeine/Exercise Time Shift

I don’t think anyone wants to argue about the health benefits of caffeine or exercise. The big question is why are they so beneficial? Everyone seems to have a theory, but the jury is still out.

Here’s my theory on it. I call it time-shifting.

By increasing the stress in the current moment, these two stressors force the subject to be more present right now.

If you’re a worrier like me, your mind may automatically wander to the next big event, the next crucial moment in your life. Basically, I’ll find something to worry about. And you will too.

For example, there is no reason to worry about something that may or may not happen in a month, when you’ve made right now an important situation chemically or physically. You’ve essentially tricked yourself into being present.

The question naturally becomes, can we be this present without either of these external stressors. I think the answer is yes, although I’m not sure how. For better understanding, we need to ask the people who are happy and healthy, and don’t drink coffee or workout. These people have the ability to focus on the present moment without any assistance. Because we always want to be present, but the next run or espresso shot may be hours away. 

Sources:

  1. https://www.caffeineinformer.com/top-10-caffeine-health-benefits
  2. https://medlineplus.gov/benefitsofexercise.html

Health Is An Illusion

Alternate Title: Time Doesn’t Exist, Health is about right now

When you start looking at time differently, your perspective changes. If I pretend it’s my last day on earth, I’m frantic. If I imagine I have twenty years left, nothing matters. If I act like time does not exist, things get crazier.

Think about it. This is actually part of the recipe that helped me tie schizophrenia to Alzheimer’s. The brain does not perceive time. It perceives stress. It uses contextual clues to recall the length of time since a previous event occurred.

[Read Rethinking Sleep or You Control Your Sunburn for my take on how the brain’s stress-time mechanism works. I call it personal relativity]

If time doesn’t exist, what unhealthy loops are you stuck in? Are you living an Edge of Tomorrow life, but doing the same thing over and over again every day? If you’re not happy with the results, change something. It truly doesn’t matter how long you’ve been on this earth, or how long you have left, because time doesn’t exist.

If time doesn’t exist, what is health? Health is only defined by the amount of time you have on this planet if nothing takes you sooner. But if time doesn’t exist, health by this definition is only an illusion.

Health should be defined as a percentage of total body function. If all your major body systems are functioning at a high level, you are considered healthy. That takes time out of the equation. And the World Health Organization has echoed this in its definition of health being “the absence of disease” which it later changed to “complete physical, mental, and social well-being.”

Truth is what life is about. Being true to yourself, and aligning your truth with the great truths. It won’t guarantee that you’ll live any longer, but it will guarantee that you live a life with purpose. What’s it matter how long you live if you don’t feel like your life mattered?

Note: I’m not saying be unhealthy. I’m saying optimize your life right now. Because there is no difference in now and the day you die. And you don’t know how many days you have left. 

Why Do We Cry?

Crying is the shedding of tears (or welling of tears in the eyes) in response to an emotional state, pain or a physical irritation of the eye. Emotions that can lead to crying include anger, happiness, or sadness. The act of crying has been defined as “a complex secretomotor phenomenon characterized by the shedding of tears from the lacrimal apparatus, without any irritation of the ocular structures”, instead, giving a relief which protects from conjunctivitis. A related medical term is lacrimation, which also refers to non-emotional shedding of tears. Various forms of crying are known as sobbingweepingwailingwhimperingbawling, and blubbering.

So essentially, we cry in extreme emotional situations, whether that be anger, happiness or sadness. And extreme pain. Oh, and onions

Take a moment and stare and something. Hold your eyes open long enough so that tears come out. So there is a limit to how long you can hold your eyes open without blinking, right? And typically, at that point, your eyes will water. 

So if we take our view of time dilation as it relates to stress, the human perception of time contracts as the stress increases. So in your most emotional moments, your brain is so active, that seconds seem like minutes. Time literally freezes. And if time froze when your eyes were open, you know what would happen? Your eyes would dry out. So you produce tears. Crying is a symptom of high brain activity which drastically slows the individual’s perception of time.

Sources

  1. https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/features/why-do-we-cry-the-science-of-tears-9741287.html
  2. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/are-humans-the-only-prima/
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crying
  4. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/05/science/onions-crying-chemicals.html

You control your sunburn

Well, to some extent. 

Think about the last time you went to the beach. You now the drill. Some people will burn in fifteen minutes and others won’t burn for hours, even if they are the same skin tone. How can this be the case?

It’s because of the medication they’re taking. Yes, maybe. But why?

Each person perceives time differently. Remember, time does not exist. So it’s your perception of time that actually either speeds up or slows down your actual sun exposure. The greater amount of strain you have in your life [there are all kinds of sources], the less time you can stay in the sun without burning.

It sounds ridiculous even writing it, but just think about it. We have proven that our perceptions of time effect aging, menstrual cramps, puberty, and blinking. Your perception of time controls how much damage the sun can do to you in the same amount of time as someone else.

What about skin cancer? It’s a real thing. Sunscreen helps prevent it, but what sunscreen does is shield you from the suns rays. And your body benefits from the sun. Oh, and there are types of skin cancer that people get in places the sun doesn’t touch.

Skin cancer is essentially the latter stage of skin aging. The risk factors for skin cancer are age, fair skin, radiation, smoking, and being a guy. If you’ve read any of my other posts, these shouldn’t surprise you.

Why do men get skin cancer so much more often than women? It’s the same reason that women live longer. Generally speaking, they perceive time slightly better than men. Meaning that your average woman will be more patient than your average man, but just not for reasons you’re thinking. One hour for a man will just seem much longer than it will for a woman. This obviously varies from person to person, and from day to day. 

Old people get skin cancer more often. The average age of melanoma is 63. And we’ve proven that aging starts in the brain.

Your skin can still recover and adapt. So wear sunscreen, or don’t. But sunscreen or not, when you get burnt it’s time to cover up.  So here’s a crazy idea, your skin is a living thing, just like your muscles. We stress our muscles to get stronger. Allow them time to recover, and repeat. That’s how we should view sun exposure.

Ok. So what do I do now? Just continue living your life. Start thinking about what you’re doing every day that makes you burn faster than all of your friends. Because that’s what’ll kill you. Not the sun.

Sources:

  1. https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-art-and-science-aging-well/201702/why-do-women-live-longer-men
  2. https://www.melanoma.org/understand-melanoma/preventing-melanoma/facts-about-sunscreen
  3. https://www.cancer.gov/types/skin/melanoma-photos
  4. https://www.skincancerprevention.org/skin-cancer/risk-factors
  5. https://gis.cdc.gov/Cancer/USCS/DataViz.html
  6. https://www.skincancer.org/healthy-lifestyle/anti-aging/seniors
  7. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-does-sunscreen-protec/
  8. https://www.skincancer.org/skin-cancer-information/skin-cancer-facts
  9. http://www.abc.net.au/health/features/stories/2014/01/28/3930977.htm
  10. https://www.quora.com/Are-there-more-cases-of-skin-cancer-near-the-equator

 

 

Not blinking is the cure to cancer

Warning: this is a long post. Remember to think critically and with an open mind.

I’ve alluded to the fact that cancer is going to always be incurable, so there is no reason to waste time searching for a cure. Cells have to die eventually right? But think with me for a minute.

How many active professional athletes have gotten cancer? Almost none, percentage wise.

If your brain controls your perception of time, and you control your mind is it possible to slow down time and aging to a point where you could live a long and happy life with cancer in your body? I think the answer is yes.

So what do we know about cancer?

Cancer ebbs and flows. Sometimes people go into remission and then it shows up again. We have no idea why.

We can stabilize the disease. I think this is the goal. So what if you have a little cancer in a sliver of one organ. As long as it stays put, you don’t die.

Chemo is terrifying. We’re administering chemicals to stop cell division. All cell division. The list of side effects is as long as it is scary. But we’re talking about weighing life and death here,  it’s worth it.

It’s a disease for old people. I know that you always hear about the kids with cancer, but check out this graphic:

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People have lived long and healthy lives with cancer. Find your own examples.

Yes. Chemo has its benefits. It’s savage but we want to live.

There’s obviously surgery. We cut you open, and cut out the cancer, and sew you back up. Hopefully, the cancer is done spreading and we got it all out.

There’s also radiation. This is the use of X-rays to slow the process of tumors. There’s as much info about this as you could ever want. But it really doesn’t reverse anything. It just slows the natural process.

Wait. If we slow time for individuals, we could slow the progress of cancer. If we stop aging, we stop cancer.

Here’s the issue: cancer is a result of aging. The side effects of chemo and radiation-depression, anxiety, weight-loss- cause mental strain and accelerate the aging process. Look at the physical and emotional toll that these procedures and treatments take on the human body.

So if our goal is to slow the cancer by slowing the body’s perception of time, what should we do? I’m no oncologist. But there were probably some things that you were doing already that were shifting your perception of time without you even knowing it.

Ok. What do we know? We know that aging starts in the brain. We know that cardio athletes seem to age much slower. We know that caffeine alters the perception of time and changes the aging process. Glasses do similar things to the brain. Read How to age like white people.

Check out this study. Blink rate was tied to the results of an IQ test. Scientists tied blink rate to mental strain in 1927. You read that right. 1927. That’s over 90 years ago. How in the world does this apply to cancer? Bear with me.

So what do we know about blinking?

It definitely slows down when you’re reading. Like typically to less than 5 blinks per minute.

It speeds up in conversation a good deal. It makes sense, though. It take a lot more brain power to hold an intelligent conversation than it does to read a book.

Diseases associated with dopamine alter blink rates. There is clearly a relation here to brain function.

Infants only blink one or two times per minute. This increases throughout childhood, and by adolescence, it’s usually similar to that of adults. This is in the delta brain state where there is the least amount of mental strain.

Our perception of time accelerates as we age. We’re aging seven times faster than infants because of the mental strain in our lives. [Growing does not mean aging.]

You know what else happens in the years from 0-7? You learn. A lot. The brain is being programmed and looks like it’s in a state of meditation compared to adults.

Blinks are important in diagnosing some medical conditions. Too much blinking can be a risk factor for Tourette syndrome, strokes, or other nervous system disorders.

People with Parkinson’s blink less. On the surface, this makes zero sense. There is also a subgroup of Parkinson’s sufferers who blink more often, so let’s call it a wash. The theory would be that this has no idea with the perception of time, but the nature of the disease attacks the portions of the brain controlling this type of action. 

So blink rates are our barometer. I think “brainbeats” would be similar as discussed in a different post. Our blink rates reflect our perception of time. [This does not account for other factors like dry eyes.] Even with dry eyes, a reduced blink rate would be a good thing. The perception of time would have slowed. Mental Strain has been reduced.

Look at Kevin Durant. Have you ever seen the man blink? Has he aged a minute since he turned 17? Athletes, blink less.  Just think about it. Especially the sports that require the most focus and precision.

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So if you blink less, you age less. [Holding your eyes open doesn’t count] And as anything else, this is going to vary throughout the day. What we’re talking about here is resting blink rate.

So here’s what I’m saying: cancer is a disease for old people. Blinking is your cue for your personal time perception. Slow down time and live longer and happier. Slow down time by reducing mental strain. Control what you can and fight cancer by fighting the aging process.

If you’re wondering how to reduce mental strain, here’s a great place to start.