QR2.4.2 The Small Rip

Based on what we know, it isn’t possible for our universe to exist at a singular point. Extrapolating the equations of general relativity to when they no longer apply doesn’t prove there was a singularity. Quantum realism concludes that our universe came from a quantum reality that existed before it began not from nothing.

It postulates that the first event was when one quantum node became a server by passing its processing to its neighbors, creating what we might call the first photon in the first unit of space. That the universe began small avoids the black hole problem, as what initially exists physically is just the tiny seed of the universe to come.

What then is a server? In computer science, a server is a processor that serves other nodes on a network, e.g. a network server that handles many client terminals. In a client-server relation, a server can handle many clients if it is faster than them. A simple example is a “dumb” terminal that is just a keyboard and screen connected to a network server. When I press a key, a request is sent to the server which then sends the right letter to the screen. The speed of the server means that even if I type as fast as I can, in-between each keystroke the server is able to handle hundreds of other people also typing.

The quantum network has no “dumb” nodes but it can still support a quantum client-server relation, where a quantum server generates processing the way a physical server generates information. This makes quantum processing dynamic, as described earlier.

The first event was then when one node “gave” its processing to the network to create a tiny but very intense electromagnetic wave. No black hole occurred because the first event only created one “photon” but its intensity triggered other nodes to do the same giving the chain reaction physics calls inflation. A tiny “injury” to the quantum fabric quickly became huge, just as a pinprick can quickly rip a taught fabric apart. Inflation then occurred faster than the speed of light because this “ripping” occurred at the server rate not the client rate. In this view, the initial plasma was:

“… essentially inhabited by massless entities, perhaps largely photons.(Penrose, 2010) p176

Inflation then was the quantum network “breaking apart” into servers and clients, to create the free processing behind our universe as a virtual reality. What then stopped inflation from continuing forever? Inflation created space as well as photons, as each step of the chain reaction created not only a unit of light but also a unit of space. Since adding space into an electromagnetic wavelength dilutes its power, the creation of space acted to slow down the chain reaction. Hence the cosmic background radiation that was white hot at the dawn of time is now cold. The separation into server and client that made all the free processing behind our universe was a once only event that hasn’t repeated (Davies, 1979). Galaxies have come and gone but since inflation, the net free processing of the universe has remained constant.

Figure 2.12 Cubic vs. exponential growth

The photon chain reaction grew exponentially but a hypersphere surface grows as a cubic function and a cubic growth will overpower an exponential one if the resolution is quick (Figure 2.12), as it was. In the first event one grid node separated to create one photon in one volume of space. This then cascaded in the faster-than-light expansion physicists call inflation but each step also made a point of space that weakened the chain reaction until it stopped. The expansion of space “healed” the injury by stopping the chain reaction that created our universe almost as soon as it began but the bubble continued to expand, lowering the energy to levels suitable to life. The expansion of space isn’t just an oddity of physics as without it, life could not have evolved at all.

It follows that the “big bang” wasn’t big, at first anyway, nor was it a “bang” as we use the term. It was a rip in the primal reality that began as one photon in one volume of space. This denies the “miracle” that everything came from nothing to exist at a dimensionless point, that then magically expanded faster than light until it equally magically stopped. Quantum realism sees the first event as a small rip rather than a big bang.