This information is being updated over time with additional publications by Dr. Whitworth.
Dr. Brian Whitworth is a Senior Lecturer in the Institute of Information and Mathematical Sciences at Massey University, Albany, Auckland, New Zealand. PhD (MSIS); MA (Hons)(Psych); BSc (Maths); BA (Psych)
Brian's web page is at: http://www.brianwhitworth.com/
Brian wrote the following paper that is of particular interest from the perspective of My Big TOE
, based upon his own work and perspective without any knowledge of Tom and MBT
"The Physical World as a Virtual Reality" may be located in PDF form at this link: http://arxiv.org/ftp/arxiv/papers/0801/0801.0337.pdf
and also, see note below, at this address: http://brianwhitworth.com/papers.html
A discussion of this paper on the New Scientist Blog is available at this link: http://www.newscientist.com/blog/techno ... hesis.html
We have Roland to thank for the posting of this information on the Bulletin Board.
Brian has subsequently been in communication with Tom prior to the publication of a second paper on the subject of this being a virtual reality. This is the second of a group of five papers planned on this subject. Later papers address matter (4), and movement (5), respectively. A late version is available as
Chapter 2. "Simulating Space and Time": http://brianwhitworth.com/BW-VRT2.pdf
This chapter asks if a virtual space-time could appear to those within it as our space-time does to us. A
processing grid network is proposed to underlie not just matter and energy, but also space and time. The
suggested "screen" for our familiar three dimensional world is a hyper-sphere surface simulated by a grid
network. Light and matter then travel, or are transmitted, in the "directions" of the grid architecture. The
processing sequences of grid nodes create time, as the static states of movies run together emulate events. Yet
here what exists are not the static states, but the dynamic processing between them. Quantum collapse is the
irreversible event that gives time its direction. In this model, empty space is null processing, directions are node
links, time is processing cycles, light is a processing wave, objects are wave tangles and energy is the processing
transfer rate. It describes a world where empty space is not empty, space warps, time dilates, and everything
began when this virtual universe "booted up".
Chapter III. "The Light of Existence": http://brianwhitworth.com/BW-VRT3.pdf
This chapter derives the properties of light from the properties of processing, including its ability to be both a wave and a particle, to detect objects it doesn't touch, to choose a route after it arrives, to take all paths to a destination and to spin in any direction both ways at once. In this model, a photon is a processing wave front instantiated from an entity program class, and quantum collapse is when one program stops to merge with another, which restarts its processing. This processing approach to
physics also gives insights into entanglement, superposition, counterfactuals, the holographic principle and the measurement problem. Its conceptual cost is that physical reality becomes a processing output.
Both of these papers are listed by Brian on his public access web site on this page: http://brianwhitworth.com/papers.html
We have Bette to thank for the posting of this information on the Bulletin Board.
Dr. Whitworth has entered an essay in the contest sponsored by FQXi.com Foundational Questions Institute along with partners in sponsorship Gruber Instrumentation and Scientific American. The goals of the Foundational Questions Essay Contest (the "Contest") are to:
* Encourage and support rigorous, innovative, and influential thinking about foundational questions in physics and cosmology;
* Identify and reward top thinkers in foundational questions; and,
* Provide an arena for discussion and exchange of ideas regarding foundational questions.
The contest has not been concluded but Dr. Whitworth's paper is noted as among the top submissions of the week when this was posted. http://www.fqxi.org/community/forum/topic/806
For download of a PDF version.
You might find it of interest to check out Dr. Whitworth's original composition and multi-media presentation, including his own singing, Unseen World
. This will somewhat expand your understanding of Brian and his interests. http://www.brianwhitworth.com/music/UnseenWorld.wmv
Additional information will be added when available.