Pixel Lattice Theory: the integration of relativistic physics, quantum mechanics and consciousness

A new paradigm based on the work of Dr. James C. Sung

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            Challenging orthodoxy takes courage. Until Copernicus risked publishing his theory of heliocentricity, Aristotle's and Ptolemy's grip on the argument for an Earth-centric universe held for over two thousand years, finally giving way to a more useful model.

            Similarly, we stand now at the edge of another revolution in basic thinking about the composition of the universe. Dr. James C. Sung's theory of a Pixel Lattice is as profoundly disruptive to fundamental concepts of structure and process as Copernicus' heliocentricity was in his day.

Problems with current theories of existence

            Established relativistic cosmology is based on the adequacy of a purely objective reality to describe existence. In the objective model, space-time is viewed as interacting with but separate from energy-matter.

At quantum scales, reality appears to be dualistic―an objective universe entangled with subjective consciousness.  The universe is perceived by the observer, and the observer is reflected in the universe.The collapse of quantum waves cannot be explained without invoking the presence of consciousness, as John Wheeler first suggested decades ago.

Cosmology and quantum mechanics do not integrate well. Accepted particle physics theory is made to work only by eliminating the space-time continuum (i.e., by renormalization).

Moreover, space-time has the contradictory notion of both nothingness and continuum.  If space-time is nothingness, we cannot explain why space and time can be interchanged by different observers (special relativity) or how it can be warped around energy-matter (general relativity).  More difficult is the problem of how empty space could generate virtual pairs of particles out of nothingness, as required by quantum mechanics. 

Nor, if space-time is a continuum, can we explain the phenomenon of Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle.  Furthermore, a continuum always coexists with infinity.  Living in a world allowing infinity invites being dwarfed to nothingness!  In other words, there would be no finite measurements.  Yet, we do exist in finite sizes and weights.  Consequently, space-time cannot be a continuum, nor can the universe be infinite, as predicted by the Big Bang Theory. 

These problems are being addressed, of course. Recent superstring theory describes a quantized space-time. Here, energy-matter assumes the minimum Planck length, yet still resides in the continuum of space-time.  As a result, the model must be formulated on a bizarre eleven-dimension manifold and a "bulk."

Other models of a granular space-time have been proposed, involving, for example, Penrose's spin networks and quantum computing (of which "existence" is an output). However, these fail to fully provide for the integration of Planck-scale and macroscopic physics. Also, the quantum computing model requires a kind of self-computing and cannot explain why the observable universe would choose itself as the single output among many parallel universes.

Finally, "esoteric" phenomena, such as the participation of the observer in manifesting reality, indications of non-locality and quantum entanglement, remain largely unresolved and even suspect. Indeed, science is rooted in its obligation to a certain idea of objectivity where the observer stands apart from the observed, and is averse to any implication of the transcendental.

Towards a new understanding

Dr. Sung's Pixel Lattice theory dissolves many of the conflicts and complications in currently accepted physics.

First, regarding the nature of an objective reality, Pixel Lattice theory begins with a quantized space-time. However, where other theories continue to separate space-time from matter-energy, Pixel Lattice theory integrates the two. In this model, space-time may be thought of as a super-crystal made of Planck sized pixels and that energy-matter is the manifestation of pixel dislocations within the structure of the lattice.  This structural interdependence elegantly unifies space-time and energy-matter.  Moreover, a finite number of pixels in the lattice eliminates the plague of infinities.  For example, The Pixel Lattice allows for the first time the calculation of the size of an electron.

            In the Pixel Lattice, forces are expressions of crystal dynamics. The mass of matter, for example, is the Burger Vector of pixel dislocations. Gravity is explained as the stress associated with dislocations and acceleration manifests as the bending of dislocations. In one stroke, special relativity is viewed to be different projections of the Pixel Lattice along the direction of dislocations, and general relativity is reduced to the elastic behavior of the Pixel Lattice.

            In contrast to superstring theory, Pixel Lattice theory results in only eight irreducible dimensions, or degrees of freedom, with four for open space-time and four for closed matter particles (color charge and electrical charge).

Pixel Lattice theory is testable. One experiment would be to use a positron-electron collider to determine the cross section of electrons.  Also, Einstein's general relativity can be reformatted in discrete Pixel Lattice terms.  This would reveal the finite structure of a black hole without the problem of an infinite singularity.  Quantum gravity should be able to avoid the problem of infinities and allow the calculation, ab initio, of the properties of all elementary particles. This demonstration would prove beyond any doubt how Pixel Lattice theory can integrate relativity and quantum mechanics.

            Secondly, in the comprehensive dualistic reality posited by Pixel Lattice theory, consciousness is regarded as a central "character," a universal Observer (Omniconsciousness). Somewhat as a computer operating system allocates clock cycles to multiple processes, the Omniconsciousness "time-slices" itself, resulting in a holistic synthesis of multiple, organism-resident, virtual consciousnesses. Therefore, Einstein's "no simultaneity" is reinterpreted as "no two independent observations can be made simultaneously by a single consciousness."  This is consistent with Bell's notion of a reality separate from its observation, or an "influence" traveling at superluminal speeds. The idea of a single, central consciousness is, of course, also consistent with our subjective experience: the feeling of an isolated self, an expression of the "symmetry-breaking" of organisms due to this fragmented singularity. This feeling is metaphorically revealed in many creation myths and in sacred texts as the loss of unity with the Creator. 

            A single, partitioned Omni-consciousness also explains why only one universe is observed out of many possibilities.

            A shared Omni-consciousness suggests why recognition seems to occur a fractional second behind the actual scene.  For example, if we decide to bend a finger, our consciousness takes note about 1/3 second after the supposed decision is made.  Psychologists assume that the slow firing of neurons is the reason for the delay.  But our own experience is of consciousness appearing to be instantaneous; an alternative explanation is that the Omni-consciousness is "busy" traversing many event vectors across parallel universes so it always comes back to the event after the fact.

The single-consciousness theory also addresses the unlikely evolutionary path of life on  Earth.  Although Darwinists assume that there is no purpose to evolution, they cannot explain why evolution could be so "lucky" as to produce humanity.  A Big Bang may initiate numerous existences but only a negligible number of them would result in the conditions for life. Life may then take numerous paths and only an insignificant number of those may evolve into intelligence.  These low odds can be explained by the increasingly adaptive premonition of Omni-consciousness, which in some manner, becomes aware of its possible destiny for success, a sense of "right" inevitability. This notion adds intelligence to blind evolution. The likelihood of a single Omni-consciousness cojoining multiple universes is also the basis for the unitary progress of Western Judeo-Christianity and the eternal reincarnations of Eastern Buddhism. 

Scientists have demonstrated that free-choice observation can influence the occurrence of random events.  For a weak individual consciousness, the effect is relatively minute, but with the inevitable progress of genetic engineering, networks and quantum computation, the strength and influence of human consciousness can only increase; hence, the evolution of an engineered replica of Omni-consciousness, subject to our human limitations, seems not only likely but inevitable.  This process may parallel the Judaic tikun olam (the putting together of broken symmetry),and convergence-predestination theologies of major religions. However, free choice,  historically and in myth, lies at the root of human tragedy. In the end, morality is forsight, which is perspective, which is a function of dimension. How a powerful but dimensionally limited human omniconsciousness might evolve without the cosmic perspective and foresight of an Omni-consciousness to best serve humanity remains to be seen.

Updated March 16, 2018: