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Thanks Dick. Are you sending a paper on this to the Penrose Cosmology issue?
See Novikov's book "River of Time"

On Feb 26, 2011, at 11:39 AM, Dick Bierman wrote:

"Thanks, this Novikov reference was the reference I have been looking for, for some time (no pun intended)
My CIRTS 'theory' claims that time-symmetry is a broken symmetry that can be restored when information is 'absorbed' by a brain that is extremely coherent (and thus is able to generate consciousness). CIRTS stands for Consciousness Induced Restoration of Time-symmetry."

Do you mean something like the Wheeler-Feynman perfect absorber and the Cramer transaction?

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"Anyway, in a world with (partially) restored time symmetry all so-called paranormal phenomena, psi,  can be explained. They are just physical events requiring no change of traditional physical formalisms."

What you call restored time symmetry I call "signal nonlocality." Antony Valentini does not seem to understand that all life is non-equilibrium in the sense that he means - in my opinion.

Subquantum Information and Computation
Antony Valentini
(Submitted on 11 Mar 2002 (v1), last revised 12 Apr 2002 (this version, v2))
It is argued that immense physical resources - for nonlocal communication, espionage, and exponentially-fast computation - are hidden from us by quantum noise, and that this noise is not fundamental but merely a property of an equilibrium state in which the universe happens to be at the present time. It is suggested that 'non-quantum' or nonequilibrium matter might exist today in the form of relic particles from the early universe. We describe how such matter could be detected and put to practical use. Nonequilibrium matter could be used to send instantaneous signals, to violate the uncertainty principle, to distinguish non-orthogonal quantum states without disturbing them, to eavesdrop on quantum key distribution, and to outpace quantum computation (solving NP-complete problems in polynomial time).
Comments:    10 pages, Latex, no figures. To appear in 'Proceedings of the Second Winter Institute on Foundations of Quantum Theory and Quantum Optics: Quantum Information Processing', ed. R. Ghosh (Indian Academy of Science, Bangalore, 2002). Second version: shortened at editor's request; extra material on outpacing quantum computation (solving NP-complete problems in polynomial time)
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"I added a postulate that under no circumstances the (time-symmetric) phenomena are allowed to create paradoxes, quite similar to Novikov's principle. However I added one extra feature namely that even the possibility in principle to create such a paradox would have an impact so that the event cannot occur."

The Feynman quantum amplitudes vanish for back-from-the-future paradoxes in toy model calculations - similar to nonlocal permutation symmetries e.g. Pauli exclusion principle.

Similar to the feature that even the possibility to measure location of a trajectory of a particle (for instance in the double-slit experiment) removes the wave aspects of the particle.

"This added feature could account for the often observed decline of effects in lab experiments that try to measure paranormal phenomena. So the potentiality to create a paradox would prevent it to happen.  One example to illustrate this point: In several experiments we have found that the human physiology correlates with (random) future conditions. For example the skin conductance signal (driven among others by arousal) is larger preceding emotional stimuli than preceding neutral stimuli. This is established by AVERAGING very many instances. In this type of experiment it is not possible to deduce on the basis of skin conductance preceding a SINGLE trial what the forthcoming stimulus type, neutral or emotional, will be. It has been argued that the signal to noise ratio is too small.  Spottiswoode came up with the idea that instead of averaging over many trials one could also present a single trial observed by many subjects and measure the averaged skin conductance over all the subjects. He argued that in such a case the signal to noise ratio would also improve, possibly to the level where the actual future event could be predicted with great accuracy. He obtained very many skin conductance measurement devices and ran this experiment. Actually the whole phenomena disappeared. It could be argued that this is due to the fact that in principle the experiment could have been used to create a paradox (when the averaged signal is indicating that an emotional stimulus is to follow this signal could be used to change the software flow so that a neutral one would appear). Of course it is also possible that Spottiswoode's experiment just showed that the results obtained in the statistical approach are just flukes of chance.  I use it here to illustrate that particular potentiality aspect of the theory because Spottiswoode did not actually implement that software intervention but he COULD  have done so. What we need now is to develop a mathematical formalism that is able to describe the experimental paradigms used in experiments on psi phenomena."

It's basically already published in Valentini's papers, also in Henry Stapp's Phys Rev A on H. Schmidt's retroPK data - also a slight modification of Cramer's transaction should be possible to allow non-random return signals from the future absorber.

"Such a formalism might point the way toward more robust and stable experiments in that particular field of psi research by preventing even the potential to create a paradox. It appears to me that Novikov's treatment of the time travel paradoxes might  be a way to go forward. Since I am just a mediocre experimental physicist I am unable to develop such a formalism. I hope that some of  the more mathematically inclined people on Sarfatti's list could point me to someone who might be interested to think about this issue and possibly develop the required mathematically language to represent the experimental paradigm's used in psi experiments so that we can get a handle on this."

Dick Bierman
(the CIRTS theory is described in: http://www.uniamsterdam.nl/D.J.Bierman/publications/2010/JoP_74_pp273_299_CIRTS_proof.pdf)

On Feb 26, 2011, at 6:56 PM, JACK SARFATTI wrote:

Yeah, but the problem here is that I only realized the connection in hindsight. So we could not prevent it. Also in the Novikov loop theory it's impossible to prevent. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Novikov_self-consistency_principle