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"The distinction between past, present, and future
is only a stubbornly persistent illusion."
Albert Einstein


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."

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.


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

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 = {(+) + (-)} =

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:

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 = {(+) + (-)}.


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.



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.


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:

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:

"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


Copyright 1994 Ian Goddard. You are * free to copy * and
distributed this material without permission so long as full
credit is given to the author: Ian Williams Goddard.

Neutral Mechanics Research Center, 11913 Renwood Lane,
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