by T L Hurst
New Concept continued...
So how do we put together a conceptual framework that meets these criteria? Well, if material objects behave as if space exists as a physical entity, but light behaves as if it isn't, then it's as if there are two different universes that interact and affect one another. I say as if because I do not mean to imply that this is actually the case. Merely that it appears to be different to different types of entities. Hence the nature of the actual universe must support these two views.
Furthermore, if space does not exist as an absolute entity in the universe experienced by photons, then it cannot do so in the actual universe. But if that is so, what meaning can we attribute to spatial distances? Also, what causes the delay, from our perspective, between photons being emitted by one object and being absorbed by another?
One solution to this is to adapt an idea suggested by Einstein, that of differences in simultaneity. In his original paper on Special Relativity, Einstein said:
"So we see we cannot attach any absolute signification to the concept of simultaneity, but that two events which, viewed from a system of co-ordinates, are simultaneous, can no longer be looked on as simultaneous events when envisaged from a system which is in motion relatively to that system."
Einstein suggested that simultaneity was dependent on the frame of reference, and that two events which are simultaneous when seen from one frame of reference may not be so from a different frame of reference. Let's take this idea, but instead of attributing the effect to the relative motions of the frames of reference (which are, in themselves, no more than abstract concepts), let us assume that it is an inherent property of macro objects. The significance of this may not be immediately apparent, so let's put it another way...
Conventionally we would say that where an object is determines when it experiences events. But if space is not an absolute entity, what determines where an object is? It is undefined. So, instead, let us reverse this causal relationship and state that when an object experiences events determines where it is.