It's Official: Marshall Barnes Now Member of Philosophy of Time Society

Long a researcher into the nature of time, with lectures and articles and even experiments to his credit, Marshall Barnes is now a member of the Philosophy of Time Society, an academic group that promotes interest into the subject of time.
J.R. Gott and Marshall Barnes at 2012 Mars Society conference(Copyright 2012)
J.R. Gott and Marshall Barnes at 2012 Mars Society conference(Copyright 2012)
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Aug. 17, 2012 - PRLog -- Research and development engineer, Marshall Barnes, is now an official member of the Philosophy of Time Society which is an academic organization whose goal is to promote the study of the philosophy of time from a broad analytic perspective, and to provide a forum as an affiliated group with the American Philosophical Association, to discuss  issues in and related to the philosophy of time.

The nature of time has been the fundamental area of research for Marshall since 2000. He has given numerous lectures on it, participated in debates and conducted experiments dealing with the physics of time. He is a staunch defender of the idea that time is a real dimension connected to space, just as Hermann Minkowski described, and has even conducted an experiment to prove it.

Marshall has found fault and flaws with all arguments against time being real, including leveling scathing criticism against physicist Julian Barbour's book, The End of Time. He has proved to be a force to be reckoned with in all areas where time is applicable, including that of psychology, due to his disproving Baylor College of Medicine's David Eagleman's study that duration dilation is a result of elongated memory. Marshall showed instead, using technocogninetic analysis, that the key instruments in Eagelman's experiment were flawed to the extent of rendering the results inconsequential. This has been proven even with high school physics students analyzing the data and matching it with video of Eagleman's tests in action.

Marshall's work into the reality of time has even set him against renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, again and again, with Marshall repeatedly finding flaws in Hawking's work that have stood up to scrutiny. In fact, not one of Marshall's objections to Hawking's ideas has been criticized as wrong by a single physicist. It was this record, of accurately finding flaws in Hawking's work, that led Marshall to publicly accept Hawking's 2008 announcement for a $100 bet against the possibility of the discovery of the Higgs Boson and dare to raise the physicist's bet by $900. July 4th of this year, scientists at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN announced that they had found the elusive particle and Hawking announced that he had lost $100, but to the University of Michigan's Gordon Kane in a private arrangement in 2000 . Hawking has yet to acknowledge Marshall's challenge, although it has been posted on the Internet since September 17th, 2008 and fans on twitter have stated that Hawking should pay up on the original $100.

Marshall has been a noted supporter of research into time travel, often penning articles on the subject himself. He was once introduced to Max Tegmark as another "Everett man" indicating that he is a believer in the Everett/Wheeler hypothesis or "many-worlds" interpretation of quantum mechanics, as is Tegmark, then a professor of physics at the University of Pennsylvania  where Marshall was also doing independent study into World War II era physics research, as well as at Harvard. Marshall sees the Everett/Wheeler model as the solution to the time travel paradox and has added his own take on it, known as the Barnes/Copenhagen/Everett solution, whereby the Copenhagen interpretation - of only getting a single outcome per measurement, is acknowledged but then supplanted by the fact that there is no set law preventing time travel, thus time travel must involve parallel universes where the alternate outcomes exist, since the known and recorded past would not be effected by backward in time actions. The "Barnes" portion is injected by the introduction of a video camera into any hypothetical time travel scenario that records the original event before time travel to the past is initiated. Once that happens, particularly in the case of closed time-like curves that physicists often like to discuss, the footage from the camera would reveal that the time travel event was an original event in a past that had never occurred before, thus ruling out any paradox - as well as the feedback loop that Stephen Hawking insists would be present in any backward in time excursion - destroying the connection to the past.

Marshall had objections to Princeton physicist J. R. Gott's idea of a self-creating universe, employing a closed time-like curve at the beginning, which were original aired during an appearance by Gott on a late night radio program (see 6:44 on the counter of the video) which Gott failed to address during the broadcast. However, during the recent Mars Society conference in Pasadena, California, Marshall and Gott had a meeting of the minds on the matter and have agreed to look jointly at inconsistencies that Marshall has discovered in the structural and behavioral descriptions of closed time-like curves. Such an investigation could result in a new understanding of time as well as the theoretical basis for time travel itself.

Currently, after consulting with members of the Mars Society interested in advanced and experimental physics, as well as with physicist Fred Alan Wolf, Marshall has started the work testing his STDTS proto-warp drive technology in a torsion configuration, looking for effects related to twisting space and perhaps time as well. These would mirror the effects in general that are hoped for by University of Connecticut physics professor, Ronald Mallett, who became famous for patenting a design for his claim of the world's first time machine. He has yet to build the device, however, and its design is in no way directly related to the configuration, design or application of Marshall's . If Marshall is able to find evidence for space being twisted, he will have the first working and demonstrable example of a device that could become an actual time machine.

Marshall hopes to provide interesting discussions and research results to the Philosophy of Time Society and become a leading contributing member.
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