Hořava Gravity Theory Overturns Einsteinian Spacetime and Vindicates Aspects of A Rational Cosmology

G. Stolyarov II
 
Issue CCXIX
November 24, 2009
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Why Ubiquitous Observation and Valid Scientific Theories Must Be Consistent

Mainstream physics is in the midst of a welcome development, as a new theory by Petr Hořava has posed a serious challenge to Einstein's General Relativity model. Einstein posited an equivalence in kind between time and space and rejected the Newtonian view of time as absolute. In A Rational Cosmology, particularly in Chapter IV, I showed that this view is logically impossible and that the absolutism of time is required for the concept of time to be meaningful.

The article "Splitting Time from Space - New Quantum Theory Topples Einstein's Spacetime" in Scientific American (published November 24, 2009) is a vindication of this philosophical view. Dr. Hořava's theory, by reverting to a Newtonian view of space and time, resolves a lot of the oddities and inconsistencies between quantum mechanics and gravity. The theory also eliminates the logically impossible notion of a "singularity" or of the universe ever having been or fated to become a single dimension-less point. What is even more remarkable is that the theory is being received with considerable respect, and scientists throughout the world are finding empirical data to be consistent with it. The article is well worth a read.

I am not advocating the entirety of Dr. Hořava's theory as Truth. Indeed, one of the marks of the specific-observational sciences, such as physics, is the continual evolution of models that offer increasingly more predictive and accurate explanations of the behaviors of real-world objects. Aspects of this theory may well be inconsistent with some data and may be falsified in the future. As the theory relies on the dubious notion of the graviton, which I examined in Essay LXII of A Rational Cosmology, it is likely to eventually diverge from reality. However, it, like Loop Quantum Cosmology, is a clear improvement over the orthodox mess of contradictions that preceded it. As such, Dr. Hořava deserves to be praised as a brilliant innovator and an important contributor to the progress of human knowledge.

The more physics progresses – and it is progressing today, despite any cynicism I might have about the mindsets of some advocates of cosmological orthodoxy – the more findings emerge to vindicate my philosophical insights in A Rational Cosmology, insights which pose radical and fundamental challenges to the crumbling orthodoxy in the philosophical interpretation of physics. A Rational Cosmology is not, and does not pretend to be, a work of physics. It is rather a work of philosophy that attempts to make sense of our ubiquitous observations of the world around us, in a framework of rigorous logic and reliance on the evidence of our senses. The vital principle where the search for truth is concerned is that no true aspect of reality will ever contradict any other true aspect of reality. Therefore, what we know about the world through our everyday sensory experiences and logical deductions must be consistent with our specific theories about any aspect of reality – including theories applicable to both the natural sciences and the social sciences. If a theory's interpretation contradicts the evidence of our senses and our reason, then it is that interpretation which must be wrong – although the mathematics behind the theory may still be correct and have considerable predictive power.

Dr. Hořava's Quantum Gravity theory has made it possible for mainstream physicists to seriously question Einsteinian spacetime, the relativity of time, singularities, and the creation/destruction view of the universe. This is serious progress. Perhaps soon, more questions will be posed – and more rational solutions will be developed. As we look forward to the future of physics (and of philosophy), it will behoove us to consult not only our reason and our senses, but also the minds of past great innovators, such as Sir Isaac Newton, whose insights still facilitate new discoveries today.


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