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Being, Becoming and the Undivided Universe: A Dialogue between Relational Blockworld and the Implicate Order Concerning the Unification of Relativity and Quantum Theory

Silberstein, Michael (2011) Being, Becoming and the Undivided Universe: A Dialogue between Relational Blockworld and the Implicate Order Concerning the Unification of Relativity and Quantum Theory. [Preprint]

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Abstract

Abstract In this paper two different approaches to unification will be compared,
Relational Blockworld (RBW) and Hiley's implicate order. Both approaches
are monistic in that they attempt to derive matter and spacetime
geometry `at once' in an interdependent and background independent fashion
from something underneath both quantum theory and relativity. Hiley's
monism resides in the implicate order via Clifford algebras and is based on
process as fundamental while RBW's monism resides in spacetimematter via
path integrals over graphs whereby space, time and matter are co-constructed
per a global constraint equation. RBW's monism therefore resides in being
(relational blockworld) while that of Hiley's resides in becoming (elementary
processes). Regarding the derivation of quantum theory and relativity, the
promises and pitfalls of both approaches will be elaborated. Finally, special
attention will be paid as to how Hiley's process account might avoid the blockworld implications of relativity and the frozen time problem of canonical
quantum gravity.


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Item Type: Preprint
Creators:
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Silberstein, Michaelsilbermd@etown.edu
Keywords: time, quantum gravity, unification, becoming
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Field Theory
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
Depositing User: Michael Silberstein
Date Deposited: 22 Oct 2011 01:29
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2011 01:29
Item ID: 8850
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/8850

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