Consider spacetime to be a dense, ‘lightly’ interactive medium from the perspective of our anthropocentric scale. Imagine that Einstein’s spacetime maps to a classical solution of an æther of composite particles made from electrinos and positrinos, the two fundamental particles of nature. Imagine spacetime æther particles are so fine grained that typical standard matter-energy can be represented by a graph of these higher level composite particles and their locations and velocity vectors within the spacetime æther.
The radius of a particle shell is determined by both the particle formulation (in terms of electrinos and positrinos) and the particle energy. Most of the particles that compose each of us and that we interact with are low energy particles, near the freezing end of the energy spectrum and thus near the maximum radius they can support in stable form. As these particles gain energy their radius will shrink, possibly imperceptibly from the detection capability of our current instruments.
As you can imagine, at the smallest of scales, this discrete world of particle shells and payloads is not easily described by mathematics of functions and derivatives.
Zooming out, we observe that there are patterns implemented in the spacetime matrix that are repeatable and predictable and there emerges some sort of decisioning, reasoning, emotion, and so forth that is collectively and logically defined as life. That thing we identify as life controls itself to a large degree. Life has free will to take actions as compared to a lifeless collection of particles such as a rock. A rock can not decide to move from here to there. A life form can expend energy to take actions and manipulate nature.
There are some 60 decimal orders of magnitude from the Planck scale to the size of the observable universe. At what scales could life, according to our definition of life, form? Is our definition of life unbiased by our own form and implementation? Have we overlooked scales of intelligence above or below our own? Why are we so special at this scale? Is our scale of life special because it is more energy efficient?
J Mark Morris : San Diego : California: January 25, 2020 : v1