Substance, Space, Time and the Void

A scientist holding “particles in void” perspective believes that particles of matter exist in a void. He thinks that space is the void because space is empty of matter. But he is aware that space is something that exists, and the actual void must transcend the concept of space. Lacking explanation he treats space mathematically.

A person holding the broader “continuum of substance” perspective sees substance getting quantized in the electromagnetic spectrum. The ultimate quantization of this substance appears as matter at the upper end of the spectrum. The lower end extends toward void. He sees substance thinning out toward the void as follows.

  1. Matter
  2. Quantum particles
  3. Gamma radiation
  4. X-ray radiation
  5. Ultraviolet radiation
  6. Visible radiation
  7. Infrared radiation
  8. Terahertz radiation
  9. Microwave radiation
  10. Radio waves
  11. Space
  12. Void

From matter to quantum particles there is a rapid thinning out of substance. After that the substance appears as really thin radiation. As we look down the electromagnetic spectrum we see the thinning out of radiation. In the other direction we see quantization of substance.

The substance is not just matter. It extends beyond matter as electromagnetic radiation.

The extents of material objects and electromagnetic quanta are described by the dimensions of space. As substance thins out its extents (space) become increasingly diffused.

Space describes the extents of substance.

The duration of material objects and electromagnetic quanta are described by the dimensions of time. As substance thins out its duration (time) become increasingly ephemeral.

Time describes the duration of substance.

Ultimately, as the substance disappears into the void, so do space and time. The void has neither extent nor duration because these properties belong to substance only. The void is, therefore, difficult to visualize. Science has yet to grapple fully with the concept of void.

Space and time do not exist in the void. The void has neither extent nor duration.

The “empty space” is empty of material substance, but it is not empty of electromagnetic substance. It actually represents the extents of electromagnetic substance.

The material objects are described in terms of their mass. The electromagnetic substance is described in terms of its quanta, or frequency. Matter at the upper end is made up of very high frequency. Space at the lower end denotes very low frequency. As frequency approaches zero we approach the void.

A reinterpretation of scientific observations without the filter of the “particles in void” perspective quickly shows that substance is more than just matter.

The “continuum of substance” perspective presents a more real and logical view of substance, space, time, and void.


Reference: A Logical Approach to Theoretical Physics


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