"The distinction between past, present, and future

is only a stubbornly persistent illusion."

Albert Einstein

I. WHAT DOES THE MYSTICAL EXPERIENCE "TEACH"?

The mystical experience primarily "teaches" that

consciousness is infinite in space and eternal in time. This

infinite consciousness has been called God, Brahman, Buddha

mind, nirvana, cosmic consciousness, etc.

During the mystical experience consciousness appears to

instantaneously span the entirety of space and time,

consequently it appears that all distances across space and

time equal zero. This "zero" space-time is the formless

"void" spoken of by Eastern mystics. So the primary lesson

of the mystical experience is that distances across space

and time equal zero. From this lesson arises the theory that

space and time are "illusions."

II. HOW DO WE PROVE THE MYSTICAL EXPERIENCE?

To prove that the mystical experience is valid we must prove

that all distances across space and time equal zero. Sound

impossible? Not quite: to prove that all distances equal

zero we must simply establish that the process of the

measurement of space and time is * symmetrical.* If the

process of the measurement of space and time is symmetrical,

the equal but opposite components of this measurement,

expressed as equal but opposite numbers, will neutralize one

another so that the sum equals zero.

III. SYMMETRY OF MEASUREMENT

Distance across space and time is measured by * motion *

from point (a) to point (b) in either space or time. The

motion of this measurement is described mathematically by a

sequential progression from zero: 0 1 2 3 4 -->. Each number

marks a unit of space or time across which motion has

occurred.

The nature of the motion of measurement is * relative.* As

Albert Einstein said, "Every motion must be considered only

as a relative motion."

Relative motion is * symmetrical.* Describing the symmetry

of motion, Einstein observed that as you fall down to the

Earth (-), it is equally true that the Earth rises up to you

(+). Thus, the event of your falling = {(+) + (-)} =

symmetry.

Motion through space is mechanically equivalent to motion

through time: as you move from second (1) toward second (2)

--> (+), it is simultaneously true that second (2) moves

symmetrically toward you <-- (-). The flow of time is

symmetrical: this moment is passing by into the past. Your

forward motion into the future (-->) *is* the backward

motion (<--) of this moment into the past. Thus time flow =

{(<--) + (-->)}.

As measurement is motion, and as motion is symmetrical, all

measurements are symmetrical. (For graphics, animations, and

info about the symmetry of nonuniform motion, e-mail:

igoddard@cap.gwu.edu.)

All measurement is motion

Motion is symmetrical

Thus: all measurement is symmetrical

As the motion of all measurements of space and time is

symmetrical, the mathematical description of all

measurements is symmetrical progressions from zero:

[-- 3 2 1 0 1 2 3 --]

the structure of all measurements

Every measurement of one unit of space or time is composed

of *two symmetrical states of motion.* These symmetrical

states of motion, being equal but opposite, are described

mathematically by the equal but opposite numbers 1 and -1.

As two equal but opposite numbers are derived from every

measurement of one unit of space or time, the complete

calculation of every measurement of one unit of space or

time = {(1) + (-1)} = 0.

All measurements are symmetrical

Symmetry = 0

Thus: all measurements = 0

Traditional measurement theory describes only * half * of

the symmetry of measurement and then erroneously assumes the

complete calculation of a measurement to be nonzero. If the

nature of X is (+) & (-), then X = {(+) + (-)}. As the

nature of motion is (+) & (-), and as measurement = motion,

measurement = {(+) + (-)}.

IV. CONCLUSION

What was required to be proven -- that the measurement of

space and time is symmetrical and thus equals zero -- has

been proven. By proving that all measurements of space and

time equal zero, all measurements of all physical phenomena

must also equal zero, for space and time are the basis of

all physical measurements. That the experience of space and

time *seems* to contradict an absolute zero sum is a

consequence of misunderstanding what "zero" means and does

not alter the logical proof which dictates that space and

time equal zero.

As all measurements of space and time must equal zero due to

the symmetry of relative motion, logic clearly dictates that

the claim arising from the mystical experience -- that all

distances across space and time equal zero -- is true.

Unless it can be shown that relative motion is not

symmetrical, logic dictates that the mystical experience

must be the experience of the truth.

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* APPENDIX *

I. EXACTLY WHAT IS BEING DONE HERE?

It is already an established fact that relative motion is

symmetrical. What I am doing here that is new -- to the best

of my knowledge -- is: (1) observe that all measurements =

symmetrical motion, then (2) add the symmetrical components

of this motion, expressed as equal but opposite integers, to

reach a sum, and (3) apply this sum to all measurements.

That's all -- it's very simple and logical. This logical

process is know as * symmetrics,* which is a function of *

neutral mechanics.* To disprove symmetrics one must simply

show that one of its three simple functions is flawed.

II. THE COUNTER-ARGUMENTS

1. The absolute value of 1 and -1 is 2.

Indeed, there are two numeric components, 1 and -1, the

absolute value of each being 1, hence we can say 1+1=2. But

this does not alter the fact that these two numerical

components are equal but opposite, and thus that (1+(-1))=0.

2. Nonuniform motion is asymmetrical and thus non-zero.

Rotational motion is nonuniform and symmetrical.* The

differences between two objects one in uniform and the other

in nonuniform motion are differences of force and time. In

and of themselves, each of these factors is symmetrical. If

the force I feel is symmetrical, i.e., equal but opposite in

nature, its sum is zero. If I feel a force and you feel no

force, the net sum is still zero, and thus symmetrical.

3. You cannot add the symmetrical components of relative motion.

If this were so we could not call relative motion

"symmetrical." Yet we can and we do. By doing so we are

inherently adding the equal but opposite components of

relative to motion to reach a sum, that sum is "symmetry"

and symmetry is zero.

These points and counter points are greatly condensed. For

complete version, or to post a new argument against the

logical verification, e-mail: igoddard@cap.gwu.edu.

Those who have raised these counterarguments have conceded

that they are not effective arguments against symmetrics

(the process of adding the symmetrical components of

motion). Currently there is no effective argument against

symmetrics and the logical verification.

* For free graphics and computer animations that teach

neutral mechanics, e-mail: igoddard@cap.gwu.edu.

"A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its

opponents and making them see the light, but rather because

its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up

that is familiar with the idea from the beginning."

Max Plank

Nobel physicist

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