Time (is not an Arrow)

During my research of Quantum Computing, there were numerous references (both direct and indirect) to a more complex understanding of Time.  Peter Lynds' work, in this regard, is quite compelling, and will certainly influence my next Mirror book.  And certain new discoveries are stunning in their own right: 30 miles from where I was born, a research group at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, led by Paul Kwiat, built a "quantum computer made of mirrors" that can give an answer before the question is posed.  Rather, in more accurate terms, they were able to find the outcome of an algorithm without running the algorithm at all.

I will reserve, for a later posting, my detailed theories about non-chronological Time (an attempt within a narrative to connect Here and Now with There and Then).  My reason for raising the issue of Time at this juncture is to highlight a sequence reversal caused solely by the contrasts between the digital world (this blog) and the physical world (the book).

It is now June 14, and I am posing – in these early entries – my most recent thoughts about Metaphor, Time, the mirror in systems, etc.  You are reading these new statements before you have read the book (which is not due in stores until August 7).  Therefore, before you read Page 1, it is possible for you to know my notions that I had not formulated when I wrote Page 1 two years before.  In fact, you will be coming to Page 1 with more knowledge about my thinking (on issues such as Metaphor, Time, etc) than I had when I wrote Page 1.  How will this non-chronological experience of these principles influence your comprehension of them?  Does it, in fact, benefit you to know "C and D" before you are told about "A and B?"

It is an abstraction of the process of Time, allowing for the knowledge of something that has not yet been discovered, allowing for a narrative (fiction) to describe something that has not yet occurred (thus, imaginary) until it occurs, at which point, it becomes fact.

This is the literary analogy of Heisenberg's Principle of Uncertainty (until a result is measured, all possibilities exist simultaneously) that influences several characters in the book and leads them to make dramatic changes in their lives by the end of their chapter, though, if you learn of the change in this digital forum, it will not be a surprise when you read about it in the book itself.  You can know the future of a character before her present circumstances lead to that future.

It is as if the answer was known before the question was posed.  Quantum computing.

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