Blockchains seem to model The Arrow of Time and provide a way to a unified field theory, resolving the paradoxes and apparent incompatibilities of general relativity and quantum mechanics. It seems to have been intentionally designed to be a quantum computer. This may seem shocking or surprising or just nonsense to most people. However, it is incredible discovered a possible physical reason for the unidirectionality of time. Physics today doesn't know why time flows in one direction ... all our models tell us that it should be able to flow both ways.
Blockchains provide the solution to this question ... how can history be immutable if time flows forward and backwards in time, and why don't we travel randomly back and forth through time? I published this idea to steemit a while ago and have embedded the link below and provided my earliest notes at the time I was inspired. I have provided some links to old usenet posts where you will find people such as Hal Finney discussing ideas that I believe influenced the design of Bitcoin.
Behind the paywall, is my cell phone number and personal email address. I put a price there if you want to call or email me to discuss things. I put the price at $1000 USD, to stop people from wasting my time needlessly. You of course do not have to pay, the content is all free below. I will answer any questions as time permits, and at the best of my knowledge and ability.
I have additional notes and have been working on a paper and will publish "when it's ready". However, it appears that there is a group of people that I finally found that are fully aware of all this information so I might just be wasting my time if they have already figured this all out ... if you are out there ... ping me.
What does this mean for the Earth?
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Record of my notes ....
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I am operating on an assumption that the mathematics behind Bitcoin is perhaps the missing piece of the puzzle of how quantum mechanics really works, and how it relates to general relativity. I cannot believe that such beauty in mathematics is not a feature of nature; and at least as pervasive as the Fibonacci Sequence. Therefore I predict massive breakthroughs in science due to the Bitcoin protocol and the mathematical structures which describe it. To that end, I describe a model of spacetime, based on the concepts of Bitcoin, and offer at least the suggestion that a blockchain model could be used to model the arrow of time, and symmetry breaking.
The arrow of time can be modeled by the blockchain. Just as blocks are added to the blockchain by a winning Bitcoin miner, and the distributed ledger is updated, quantum entanglement can be explained using the blockchain as a model. This implies a computational universe. Increasing entropy is like mining with more and more computational power mapping to the size and energy output of stars. Time and space communication paradoxes are resolved using the blockchain model as a rule for communication, as a distributed shared state - the universe, the stars, black holes, etc..., effectively mine the transactions of the universe. Quantum state, such as charge is now known not to actually be bound to a point particle, but can be separated, like an interface abstraction in code. The blockchain model shows that an omniscient universe, like Leibniz' monad, possessing non-locality, can co-exist with a local model where there appears only to be one reality, one truth, and everything is local. Just like the blockchain, everyone gets a copy - or is a copy of the monad, in the same sense an address is one class, but many instances. Every quantum number can be represented as numbers, and interactions in spacetime like a Bitcoin transaction, and position and time when those quantum numbers change is recorded by each observer, just like each miner gets copies of all transactions (aka particle interactions). The rules of the Bitcoin network fit wonderfully for a new model of particle physics that may bridge quantum mechanics and general relativity. In fact, I am almost certain this is true. I can't write fast enough. But this is enough to at least say I have an idea that may be pretty important.
I found these posts about the subject, from which I believe the central features of Bitcoin are being developed.
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"Hal Finney" 12/31/08
Bruno Marchal And On 02 Jan 2009, at 04:01, Kim Jones wrote: Edge Question 2009: "What Will Change Everything?" http://www.edge.org/q2009/q09_9.html#smolin By some token which would be premature to explain, Smolin's 2001 papers is very near the "correct" phys
Brent Are you assuming time as fundamental here? If time is merely inferred then it seems that states of Bbs could fit into the inferred time sequence as well as states that arose in some other way.
Bruno Marchal 1/1/09
Guenther Hi Bruno, thanks for your comments, I interleave my response.
Guenther Hi Bruno,
Bruno Marchal I don't understand what you mean by computations being infinitely far away. In the UD deployment, which I will wrote UD*, all computations begins soon or later (like all dominoes falls soon or later in the infinite discrete dominoe-sequences). All co
Guenther Hi Bruno,
Sometimes we consider here the nature of consciousness, whether observer
moments need to be linked to one another, the role of causality in
consciousness, etc. I thought of an interesting puzzle about Boltzmann
Brains which offers a new twist to these questions.
As most readers are aware, Boltzmann Brains relate to an idea of Boltzmann
on how to explain the arrow of time. The laws of physics seem to be time
symmetric, yet the universe is grossly asymmetric in time. Boltzmann
proposed that if you had a universe in a maximum entropy state, say a
uniform gas, then given enough time, the gas would undergo fluctuations
to regions of lower entropy. Sometimes, purely at random, clumps of
molecules would happen to form. Even more rarely, these clumps might be
large and ordered. Given infinite time, one could even have an entire
visible-universe worth of matter clump together in an ordered fashion,
from which state it would then decay into higher entropy conditions. Life
could evolve during this decay, observe the universe around it, and find
itself in conditions much like our own.
The Boltzmann Brain is a counter-argument, suggesting that the universe
and everything else is redundant; all you need is a brain to form via
a spontaneous random fluctuation, and to hold together long enough to
engage in a few moments of conscious thought. Such a Boltzmann Brain is
far more likely to form than an entire universe, hence the vast majority
of conscious thoughts in such a model will be in Boltzmann Brains and not
in brains in large universes. If we were tempted to explain the arrow of
time in this way, we must accept that the universe is an illusion and
that we are actually Boltzmann Brains, a conclusion which most people
Now this scenario can be criticized in many ways, but I want to emphasize
a couple of points which aren't always appreciated. The first is that the
Boltzmann scenario, whether a whole universe or just a Brain is forming,
is basically time symmetric. That means that if you saw a movie of a
Boltzmann universe forming and then decaying back to random entropy,
you would not be able to tell which way the movie was running, if it
were to be reversed. (This is an unavoidable consequence of the time
symmetry of the underlying physics.) It follows that while the universe
is moving into the low-entropy state, it must be evolving backwards. That
is, an observer from outside would see time appearing to run backwards.
Eggs would un-scramble themselves, objects would fall upwards from the
ground, ripples would converge on spots in lakes from which rocks would
then leap from the water, and so on.
At some point this time reversal effect would stop, and the universe
would then proceed to evolve back into a high entropy state, now with time
going "forwards". Now, the forward phase will not in general be an exact
mirror image of the reverse, because of slight random fluctuations and
the like, but it will be an alternate path that essentially starts with
the same initial conditions. So we will see one path backwards into the
minimum-entropy state, and another path forwards from that state. Both
paths are fully plausible histories and neither is distinguishable from
the other as far as which was reversed and which was forward, if you
ran a recording of the whole process backwards.
One might ask, what causes time to run backwards during the first half of
the Boltzmann scenario? The answer is, nothing but very, very odd luck.
Time is no more likely to continue to run backwards, or to run backwards
the same everywhere in the local fluctuation-area, than it is to start
running backwards right now in the universe around you. Nothing stops
eggs from unscrambling themselves except the unlikelihood, and the same
principle is at work during the Boltzmann time-reversal phase. It is
merely that we select, out of the infinity of time, those rare occasions
where time does in fact "happen to happen" like this, that allows us to
I want to emphasize that this picture of how Boltzmann fluctuations would
work is a consquence of the laws of thermodynamics, and time symmetry.
Sometimes people imagine that the fluctuation into the Boltzmann
low-entropy state is fundamentally different from the fluctuation out
of it. They accept that the fluctuation out will be similar to our own
existence, with complex events happening. But they imagine that the
fluctuation into low entropy might be much simpler, molecules simply
aggregating together into some convenient state from which the complex
fluctuation out and back to chaos can begin. While this is not impossible
and hence will happen occasionally among the infinity of fluctuations in
the Boltzmann universe, it will be rare. It will be no more common for a
"simple" fluctation-in process to occur than for a simple fluctuation-out
process. In our universe, knowing it will evolve to a chaotic heat
death, we might imagine that molecules would just fly apart into chaos,
but we know that is highly unlikely. Instead, by far the most likely
path is a complex one, full of turbulence and reactions and similar
activity. By time symmetry, exactly the same arguments apply during
the fluctation-in phase. The vast majority of Boltzmann fluctuations
that achieve a particular degree of low entropy will do so via complex,
turbulent paths which if viewed in reverse will appear to be perfectly
plausible sequences of events for a universe which is decaying from
order to disorder, like our own.
Following on to this, let us consider the nature of consciousness during
these Boltzmann excursions. Again let us focus on larger scale ones than
just Boltzmann Brains, although the same principles apply there. During
the time reversal phase, if conscious entities are present, their brains
are running backwards. They are talking backwards, walking backwards,
doing everything in reverse. They remember things that are coming in
the future, and forget everything as soon as it has happened.
The question is, is there any difference in consciousness during the
reverse and forward phases? Consider that during the forward phase, we
started with a low entropy state, and now the laws of physics are playing
out just as they do in our own universe. Everything is happening for a
reason, depending on what has happened before. Events cause memories to
appear in brains by virtue of the same causal effects which give rise
to our own memories. Hence I imagine that most would agree that brains
during the forward phase are conscious.
However, during the reverse phase, things are quite different. Brains
have memories of things that haven't happened yet. Again, one might
ask how this can be. The reason is because we stop paying attention
to fluctuations where this doesn't happen. We only focus on Boltzmann
fluctuations which take the universe into a plausible and consistent
low-entropy state, one from which things can evolve in a way that is
similar to what we see. When a brain remembers something, if that doesn't
happen, the fluctuation is inconsistent. We skip over that one and look
for one that is consistent.
In the consistent fluctuations, brain memories turn out to be correct,
purely by luck. Similarly, every internal function of the brain which
we might attribute to macroscopic-type causality, like neuron A firing
because neuron B fired, will happen instead by luck, with neuron A firing
as though neuron B is going to fire, and then neuron B just happening
to fire in precisely the anticipated way.
The point is that during the time-reversal phase, causality as we
normally think of it is absent. Subjectively-past events do not cause
subjectively-future ones; rather, subjectively-future events take place
before subjectively-past events, and it is merely through luck that things
happen in a consistent pattern. Again, if we hadn't gotten lucky so that
things work out, we wouldn't have called this a Boltzmann fluctuation of
the kind we are interested in (Boltzmann Brain or Boltzmann Universe).
By paying selective attention to only those fluctuations where things
work, we will only observe cases where luck, rather than causality,
makes things happen.
But things do happen, in the same pattern they would if causality were
active. So the question is, are brains conscious during this time? Do
the thoughts that occur during the time reversal (which recall is not
exactly the same as what happens during the forward-time phase) have
the same level of subjective reality as thoughts which occur when time
We can argue it either way. In favor of consciousness, the main
argument is that time is fundamentally symmetric (we assume). Hence
there is no fundamental or inherent difference between the forward and
reverse phases. The only differences are relative, with the arrow of
time pointing in opposite directions in the two phases. But within each
phase, we see events which can both be equally well described as leading
to consciousness, and therefore conscious experiences will occur in
On the other side, many people see a role for causality in the creation
or manifestation of consciousness. And arguably, causality is different
in the two phases. In the forward phase (the part where we are returning
from a low-entropy excursion to the high-entropy static state), events
follow one another for the usual reasons, and it is correct to attribute
a role for causality just as we do in our own experience. But in the
reverse phase, it is purely by luck that things happen in a consistent
way, and only because we have an infinity of time to work with that we
are able to find sequences of events that look consistent even they arose
by simple happenstance. There is no true causality in this phase, just a
random sequence of events where we have selected a sequence that mimics
causality. And to the extent that consciousness depends on causality,
we should not say that brains during this reverse phase are conscious.
I lean towards the first interpretation, for the following reason. If
consciousness really was able to somehow distinguish the forward from
reverse phases in a Boltzmann fluctuation, it would be quite remarkable.
Given that the fundamental laws of physics are time symmetric, nothing
should be able to do that, to deduce a true "implicit" arrow of time that
goes beyond the superficial arrow of time caused by entropy differences.
The whole point of time symmetry, the very definition, is that there
should be no such implicit arrow of time. This suggestion would seem
to give consciousness a power that it should not have, allow it to do
something that is impossible.
And if the first interpretation is correct, it seems to call into question
the very nature of causality, and its posible role in consciousness. If
we are forced to attribute consciousness to sequences of events which
occur purely by luck, then causality can't play a significant role. This
is the rather surprising conclusion which I reached from these musings
on Boltzmann Brains.
Brent Symmetry in the fundamental equations of physics doesn't imply that the solutions of those equations have the same symmetry. Lee Smolin has made some very cogent criticisms of the idea that we can dispense with time as a fundamental variable. See T
stathisp 2009/1/1 "Hal Finney" <h...@finney.org>:
Bruno Marchal It seems to me that your reasoning illustrates well the problems with physical supervenience and physicalism, and perhaps ASSA. In any case the Universal Dovetailer generates all such gaz universes generating the Boltzmann brains. Now the probabilit
On 01 Jan 2009, at 21:10, Brent Meeker wrote:
> Bruno Marchal wrote:
>> It seems to me that your reasoning illustrates well the problems with
>> physical supervenience and physicalism, and perhaps ASSA.
>> In any case the Universal Dovetailer generates all such gaz universes
>> generating the Boltzmann brains. Now the probability that you are
>> implemented by a particular Boltzmann brain is null, as it is null
>> any particular. With the comp supervenience you have to "attach"
>> consciousness on ALL the histories going through your computational
>> state. It is a sort of double cone of histories.
> Are you assuming time as fundamental here? If time is merely
> inferred then it
> seems that states of Bbs could fit into the inferred time sequence
> as well as
> states that arose in some other way.
I assume only the sequence 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, ... or the axioms of
Robinson arithmetic, or Peano.
This is enough to recognize the working of a universal dovetailer, and
the execution of all programs. It is not infered but postulate. You
can call it a digital time, or you can unravel such a dynamical
deploiment into a statical n n+1 dimensional cone (with n the
dimension of the space used by your starting universal machine (but
some have no concept of dimension, and the statical picture is more a
logical than a geometrical one). It is not "physical time", nor even
the subjective time builded by internal entities.
>> We cannot belong to the aleph_zero Boltzmann brains state, because,
>> from our first person (plural) point of views we already belongs to
>> the 2^aleph_zero "winning" (infinite) histories. (or comp is wrong).
> I don't understand the counting measure. Why are histories order
Well, in part this results from the unbounded dumbness of the
universal doevtailing procedure which dovetails on all programs but
also on all non interacting collection of programs (as all interacting
one). In particular each computation is "entangled" to dovetailing on
the reals, and infinite computations are multiplied into 2^aleph_zero
by this entanglement with the reals. Now this is a good thing because
it means that the stable histories will be those who manage that
background noise, who exploits it probably.
Our mind states are enumerable, but our histories are not.
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I have also wanted to ask how you come to 2^aleph_zero
> Well, in part this results from the unbounded dumbness of the
> universal doevtailing procedure which dovetails on all programs but
> also on all non interacting collection of programs (as all interacting
How do you discern interacting/non-interacting programs? What do you
mean exactly with the term in regard to UD?
> In particular each computation is "entangled" to dovetailing on
> the reals,
What do you mean by this? How do the reals enter the picture?
Bruno Marchal 1/2/09
On 01 Jan 2009, at 23:58, Günther Greindl wrote:
> I have also wanted to ask how you come to 2^aleph_zero
>> Well, in part this results from the unbounded dumbness of the
>> universal doevtailing procedure which dovetails on all programs but
>> also on all non interacting collection of programs (as all
> How do you discern interacting/non-interacting programs? What do you
> mean exactly with the term in regard to UD?
To write and implement a Universal Dovetailer, you have to fix a
universal programming language (or machine). Then the UD will generate
the list of programs P_1, P_2, P_3, ... and run them by little pieces,
let us say of one running step, and this for each program in such a
way that it dovetails on all the executions, including those who does
not stop, which we cannot avoid.
Let us assume tthat the sequence P_1, P_2, P_3, ... P_i ... is the
sequence of the zero variable programs (this changes nothing). Now a
computation, for example, the computation of P_0, will itself be a
sequence of computational steps, like
P_1^1, P_1^2, P_1^3, etc ...
To run the UD, we dovetail or zig zag on the programs and their
computational steps. Exercise: add some relevant zig zagging to the
following infinite diagram:
P_1^1, P_1^2, P_1^3, P_1^4, ...
P_2^1, P_2^2, P_2^3, P_2^4, ...
P_3^1, P_3^2, P_3^3, P_3^4, ...
P_4^1, P_4^2, P_4^3, P_4^4, ...
A solution: P_1^1, P_1^2, P_2^1, P_3^1, P_2^2, P_1^3, P_1^4, P_2^3,
P_3^2, P_4^1, ...
Each computational step P_i^j, of the ith program up to the jth step
is completely independent of any other computations P_k^h, when i is
different from k. Such computations do not interact. The DU, if
programmed correctly, will never let them share the memories or
interact in any way.
But for each couple (P_i, P_k) there is another program, P_h in the
(infinite but enumerable) list P_i which is a mini-dovetailer of the
pair of programs (P_i, P_k). This means P_h dovetails itself on the
execution of the two programs P_i and P_k. Indeed, trivially, the
universal dovetailer execute all the possible dovetailing, the
universal one and all the other one.
Again, the two new computations of P_i and P_k does not interact.
But that is not enough, for all couple of programs (P_i, P_k) there is
third program P_g, which you can seen as a bad or buggy dovetailer on
the pair (P_i, P_k), which will execute P_i and P_k again, but with
just one shared memory, so that progress in the running of one of them
will destroy the memory of the other. In that sense the buggy mini-
dovetailer makes P_i and P_k interact, in one way.
Given that any digital interaction process, it can be simulated by a
program, and the UD will soon or later simulate that interaction.
For another example, the UD will run all patterns of the game of life,
but also all couple of such patterns, all triples, all quadruples,
actually all finite pieces of possible "Eden garden" of possible
You can actually imagine any ways of making two programs or machines
interact, soon or later the UD will generate ONE computation which
will run the interaction of those machines, yet such computation will
not interact with the proper other UD-computations. The UD will even
generate a universal buggy dovetailing computation which makes all
programs interact with each other, in all possible ways. All right?
Please ask if something is not clear. It is simpler to explain all
this with conical drawings, and the internal zig zagging.
>> In particular each computation is "entangled" to dovetailing on
>> the reals,
> What do you mean by this? How do the reals enter the picture?
Do you remember the iterated self-duplication experiment? Suppose I
invite you to make that experience. But your boss asked you to do some
computation P (and thus your computation looks like P^1, P^2, etc...
(the number = the steps of your computation).
So, you will do your computation and simultaneously do the iterated
self-duplication. To simplify I will assume that you do one step of
your computation at each duplication.
I duplicate you iteratively in two rooms, one with the number zero
written on the wall, the other with the number one on the wall. OK?
And during that time you make the computation (to please your boss).
So you compute P, get the first step of the computation: P^1, go to my
duplicator (where you are scanned---and this includes your "step
result" P^1----annihilated, and reconstituted in the zero-room and in
the one-room. The two of you come back, each one of you compute one
step of the computation to get P^2, and enter the duplicator again.
Both are scanned, including the P^2 step-result, and then annihilated
and reconstituted again in the two rooms. The four of you come back,
compute the third step of the computation, and enter again the
annihilator ...., the eight of you come back, compute the fourth step
of the computation, and enter the duplication again, ..... the 2^n of
you come back, compute the nth step of the computation, and enter
again in the duplicator, etc.
Now imagine your boss was a bad guy wanting to annoy you so that your
computation is infinite: he gives to you an infinite task. And, you
are not very lucky that day, because for my scientific research, I ask
you to iterate an infinite numbers of times the self-duplication
In that case, I will say that I, with your kind help, have entangled
the infinite computation (the one that was asked by your boss) to the
The infinite self-duplication generates the reals (all the reals, and
this without naming them nor enumerating them: no contradiction with
Cantor theorem). The *you* can remember their path in the rooms. A
typical one will be, after 26 self-duplications:
and the "you" here will have computed 26 steps of the boss
computation, ready to compute the 27th steps and enter the duplicator
You see that on each real number (well, between 0 and 1 like
0,11011101000011010011000101 ...), the construction duplicates your
boss computation on each decimal. There are 2^aleph_zero reals, so in
the limit, your infinite computation get multiplied by 2^aleph_zero.
Now all this was a computable process. The boss gave you a
computation, and the self-duplication procedure and unlimited
iteration is programmable. So such process is executed, soon or later
(well, really later!) by the UD, and this is true whatever computation
your boss decided to give to you, of course. So you see that the UD
entangles all computation with the real as possible oracles (like if
you decide to use the room data (0 or 1) in your computation. It is
again a case of interaction/non interaction. The UD realizes all
Those real generations never appears in the execution of the UD, as
seen in a third person point of view where everything is countable,
but they could and actually have to play a role from the point of view
of the self-referential betting entities relatively generated by the
UD computations. This come from the fact that the first person is not
aware of the delays of reconstitution, so that the measure, which bear
on the computations, is somehow defined in the limit (cf the steps 2
and 4 of UDA).
This is our fatal destiny of universal machine: our consciousness
lives in the terrestrial neighborhood of zero (the realm of the
finite), but the measure which differentiates our stable and solid
histories is defined in the celestial neighborhood of the infinite!
Tell me if this helps,
Guenther Hi Bruno, first of all thanks for the long answer, and yes, it was very helpful. You described the production of all reals with a very vivid imagery; it showed a glimpse of the vastness of the UD. And, I agree, _in the limit_ there will be an infinit
Stephen Paul King Hi Günther, Nice post! Coments soon. Speaking of Svozil's work, please see: Cristian S. Calude, Peter H. Hertling and Karl Svozil, ``Embedding Quantum Universes in Classical Ones'', Foundations of Physics 29(3), 349-390 (1999) [abstract], [CrossRef D
Bruno Marchal Nice work. It is in the line of the beautiful theorem of Kochen and Specker.
Guenther Hi Stephen, Stephen Paul King wrote: > Nice post! Coments soon. Thanks :-) Looking forward to the comments.
Bruno Marchal Hi Günther, I agree with your main point. My comments below concerns only details.
Monterey What is the quantum "prepare" sense? Could someone please clarify the foregoing quote? m.a.
Bruno Marchal Hi Günther,
I have entertained quite similar musings some time ago, and this led me
to a position I called "naive materialism" NMAT some time ago on this
list - that causality does not matter, and consciousness would supervene
on the material states directly - and both backward and forward versions
would actually be "the same" from an endophysical perspective.
But the problem of these considerations is that indeed we get the BB
issue and causality loses it's role, leaving us with a quite strange
tangle of states. Considering that in a fundamental theory, time
shouldn't be a parameter chugging along, and we are still considering an
"external time" (where the cosmic perturbations are actually happening)
as opposed to the endophysical time registered by the brains in the
fluctuations, the thinking along these lines reveals itself to be even
In the meantime I have come to agree with Bruno:
"It seems to me that your reasoning illustrates well the problems with
physical supervenience and physicalism, and perhaps ASSA."
The solution Bruno has worked out is much more satisfying -
supervenience on computations, and the "physical" emerging from the most
probable histories. It is a form of objective idealism, avoiding the
problems of subjective idealisms which are inimical to scientific inquiry.
In sum, BBs and perturbing universes are, I think, more evidence that
there is something wrong with materialism (and I say this having arrived
on this list being a materialist ;-).
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