In my previous article, Why Einstein's Physics Is Crap, I argued that spacetime physics is crackpottery for three reasons: a time dimension makes motion impossible; continuous structures lead to an infinite regress; and the relativity of motion and position leads to a self-referential universe. I concluded that Einstein's physics was crap and that the reason it has lasted for so long is that physicists are a bunch of gutless cowards who go along with the mainstream in order to safeguard their careers. In this article (which I adapted from an old essay), I continue my merciless attack on Einstein's physics by showing that the concept of space is illogical.
The Space Concept
Is there such a thing as a space in which we exist and move? Is space a collection of positions or points? Does matter occupy space? Ever since Newton legitimized the idea of space most physicists have believed in some sort of physical space existing separately from matter. To Newton, space was absolute. Einstein's revolution did not do away with the idea of an independent physical space but transformed it into the concept of spacetime.
The concept of a space existing separately from matter has not been without its detractors. Sir Isaac's nemesis, none other than the great German mathematician and philosopher Gottfried Leibniz, rejected the concept of space, absolute or otherwise. Leibniz wrote that "space is nothing else but an order of the existence of things, observed as existing together; and therefore the fiction of a material universe, moving forward in an empty space cannot be admitted." Leibniz apparently understood that the position of an object is not the property of an extrinsic space but an intrinsic property of the object. These properties, taken together, form an abstract order that he called space. I fully agree with Leibniz on this issue.
Why Is Space an Illusion?
The short answer it that the existence of space leads to an infinite regress. Over the years, I have found that almost everything that is fundamentally wrong with classical physics has to do with infinite regress. Note that physical space is defined as a collection of positions existing apart from particles. The idea is that, in order for any physical entity or property to exist, it must exist at a specific position in space. But if a position is a physical entity that exists, it too, must exist at a specific position. In other words, if space exists, where is it? One can posit a meta-space for space, and a meta-meta-space for the meta-space, but this quickly turns into an infinite regress. The only possible conclusion is that there is no such thing as space. It is an illusion of perception. That is, it is the way the brain organizes its sensory universe.
Consequences of Nonspatiality
There are other equally irrefutable proofs of the non-existence of space but the one above is sufficient. The most immediate consequence of nonspatiality is that all physical properties in the universe are absolute. The relative is abstract (in our minds) and is dependent on the absolute. The reason is that, since there is no space, all properties, including position, are intrinsic to (belong to) individual particles. They are absolute by virtue of being intrinsic. We've been told that absolute motion and position do not exist. The truth is that the relative is abstract and only the absolute exists.
By far, the most exciting consequence of nonspatiality is that it should be possible for a particle to move almost instantly from one position to any other without going through the intervening positions. Normally a particle moves by making a quantum jump, i.e., its intrinsic positional property changes from one discrete value to another. However, there is no reason to suppose that the positional property of a particle cannot change by amounts larger than the fundamental value. Note that this is not the same as moving faster than light. Superluminal motion only means that a quantum jump happens at a speed faster than c. This is not the case with long distance jumps because the particle does not travel through the distance between departure and destination positions.
What is even more exciting about this is that it opens up the future possibility of visiting other star systems and even other galaxies hundreds of light years away without having to go into stasis during the voyage. Closer to home, long distance jump technologies would revolutionize our way of life by eliminating conventional modes of transportation. Imagine waking up in New York City and having breakfast in Paris or Rome and lunch in Rio de Janeiro! What kind of world would we have?
Why Einstein's Physics Is Crap
Nasty Little Truth About Spacetime Physics
Nothing Can Move in Spacetime
Physics: The Problem with Motion