The Project: Phase 1 requirements, clarifying the initial conditions
Thanks Jeff for coming up with this and your enthusiasm to find the simplest possible model.
I have listened to the Saturday Chat Sep 19, 2020. Like James Keenes asked, “What is the physics?” And if I may add to that “What is the philosophy?”
In carrying out this project, for those who cannot write computer programs or code what contribution can they make? For example, can they make proposals for software people to implement in some kind of program?
I agree with the expressed sentiment that the universe consists of a physical structure. I will prefer to call this ‘space’ rather than ‘spacetime lattice’. Now one important salient point missed in many particle proposals is that only objects like your red and blue marbles exist, and that the illustrated lattice of lines between them ARE NOT physically existing spatial things.
Depending on the model this non-physically existing thing can be measured between objects, it can vary and it can be constant about an equilibrium position between two vibrating particles. It can also store potential energy which you have depicted with a spring on your website.
So question. Can what does not physically exist be characterized as such? If they can, how philosophically satisfying will this be?
Compare this to the alternative view that anything that can be measured, can vary in quantity and magnitude, and can store potential energy must be physically real?
If this alternative view is more logical, in that what does not physically exist and is zero CANNOT separate physically existing things, and that only what physically exists spatially can separate physically existing things, it follows that what physically exists is continuous…. (continued)