TITLE: Flash Time: The Discovery and Meaning of Cyclic Time
AUTHOR: Jules Boles
PUBLICATION DATE: September 2018
FORMAT: ARC PDF
NOTE: I received a copy of this book from NetGalley. This review is my honest opinion of the book.
Interesting concept. Flawed execution.
According to the author's hypothesis (and own words); Flash Time is
"the concept that time moves in repeating cycles of events, so the universe always exists and was never formed in a Big Bang as claimed. Flash Time Zero moment or ‘effect’ occurs in a cyclical ‘instant’ in which events begin to happen again as they did before. In that ‘zero moment’ time begins again. This Flash Time model suggests the universe can ‘update itself’ faster than light via a Grid, when rotational energy imbalances trigger the ‘switch’ in Order outlined here, causing the Cycle to continue, as implied by Gödel (c1931) and Bell in 1964. This causal circle of events requires a faster-than-light cosmos thus removing the need for a slower-than-light cosmos using a ‘no communication theorem’. These issues appear resolved finally with a triple cycle entangled spacetime state where past, present and future act in unison during any one cycle, in which outcomes must conform to that pattern. Freewill is then maintained, yet depends on what was chosen in the last cycle, while usually being unknown, though not always (déjà vu applies here). Bell realised later a conflict with freewill, yet without the ‘non-linear triple cycle’ effect of entangled ‘triple time’ as above, and so decided against a perfectly repeating event sequence, even though one was implied. This Grid enables this to be so, since it appears to allow superluminal update speeds from local realism, and suggests a reform of the Dirac equation’s reliance on linear time."
I'm providing Boles's own words because I'm not entirely sure I understood completely what he was writing about. Flash Time is an interesting concept. However, while the author might be onto something, he does not do a very good job explaining the concept. No-one doubts time is cyclical in terms of seasonal cycles, life cycles, nutrient cycles etc; but having time go around in a circle then just start from zero again after a catastrophe doesn't really work for me. Time is still linear for those of us living on the planet. Rotating through various natural cycles (Earth-wise or cosmologically) seems pretty normal and self-evident to me, but Boles didn't explain the whole start over concept to my satisfaction. Or why a particular cycle couldn't go through eons instead of the few thousand years he suggested.
The author doesn't manage to adequately explain why his numerous examples are supposed to be proof of Flash Time, rather than just proof of insufficent data, faulty hypotheses/theories or someone buggering up the mathematics. Boles criticises science for making assumptions and modifying/inventing new hypotheses, but he is quite happy to use the end-results of scientific studies when they suit his hypothesis. The author also contradicts himself, makes a vast number of wild/unsubstantiated speculations, cherry-picks DNA/geological dating results, uses old (discarded) hypotheses, and generally provides no solid evidence for flash time. This book is esentially a dissertation on what is wrong with various scientific methods and hypotheses, such as Carbon-14 dating (and other geological dating methods) and the Big-Bang. All these less than 100% accurate scientific findings are supposed to be proof of flash time. The author never states WHY this is supposed to be evidence of Flash Time, as opposed to evidence for something else, or even just evidence that scientists don't know everything. Getting the maths wrong, does not prove flash time.
The writing style of this book is not particularly pleasant as the reader has to wade through multiple repetitions, jumping around with disjointed topics (from neanderthals to the Big Bang in one paragraph), wonder where he got the information from for a large number of odd statements, and lack of cohesion. An editor would have been useful. It would be interesting to see what a physicist or cosmologist has to say about the Big-Bang chapter, since most of the theoretical physics went over my head there.
Flash time is an interesting concept, but I didn't manage to grasp the concept adequatley just reading this book, nor do I agree with the manner in which the author provides "evidence" for his hypothesis. Further research is needed!