A Few More Thoughts I Want to Work On

I have been thinking a great deal lately about my new excursion into meteorology (RIKINotes Blog Post: August 8, 2022) and my other interests in the intersection between economics and psychology and lastly my theory of space which I have shared in previous blog posts (RIKINotes Blog Post: March 20, 2020). These are definitely thoughts I want to pursue because they are of interest and not fully developed by any means.

Meteorology/Weather:

I have continued my readings in meteorology and something really struck me the other day when I read about weather being caused by the uneven heating of the earth by the sun. So to me this means that we are going to be seeing more extremes from climate change where the earth will heat more severely. This recent summer has demonstrated some really extreme weather where places go without precipitation for months and then get 6 months worth of rain in 24 hours. I remember in my early life where the extremes were not as great and the highs and lows were not that different. Anyway, not like they are today.

Another anecdotal observation I have made as I do more reading is how air and water follow similar paths.  For example, air has its birds; water has its fish; air has its jet stream; water has its gulf stream; etc….  I had never thought about air and water in that way.  I will need to do more reading in this area to see what other similarities exist.


Economics/Psychology

Supply and demand work in a linear way when there are no major events to change this relationship but let’s say a pandemic occurs and people begin to make decisions based upon health rather than economics and suddenly Maslow’s Theory of Hierarchical Needs comes into play and we have more of a nonlinear relationship between supply and demand. Is that what we are experiencing now with the aftermath of the COVID19 pandemic?


Theory of Space

So this is an area that I have thought about a great deal, done a good deal of reading about, especially the work and theory of Jean Piaget in how children develop the notions of time and space (again see my RIKINotes Blog Post of March 20, 2020), but I have always been interested in extending it to physics in a more general fashion (RIKINotes Blog Post of 3/20/20). For example, are the four states of space: stationary space, moving space, empty space and filled space equated to the four major forces in physics: gravity, electromagnetism, weak nuclear force, and the strong nuclear force.  Is it possible that all we really need is a theory of space to explain everything. Science loves parsimonios explanations.

I know, this is alot to ask, but stay with me for a minute and let me develop it a bit further conceptually. Let’s start with some equivalencies:

Empty space = expanding universe.
Filled space = mass, matter.
Stationary space = black hole.
Moving space = time.

Filled space x Empty space = gravity. Gravity is the interaction of filled space (mass/matter) with empty space.

Filled space moving at the speed of light = energy.

Expanding on the above:

Both filled space and empty space move. If they are not moving, then they are a black hole where space is stationary but infinite, and time doesn’t exist. Black holes are the anchors to the universe, black holes keep the universe from expanding uncontrollably. The universe expands horizontally while black holes are infinitely stationary vertically.

The universe is in constant movement via expansion/contraction, so time is always present because empty space is moving. Filled space is moving and potential energy is always present when mass accelerates to the speed of light as well as gravity which is the interaction of filled space and empty space.

Space can be visible (as defined as 4 states above) or not visible (dark matter and energy).

Quantum mechanics dealing with stationary space; relativity dealing with space in motion.

Extrapolating from the above and establishing equivalencies with the four forces of physics:

Four Forces = Four States of Space:

  1. Gravity = Filled x Empty space interaction.
  2. Electromagnetic = Filled space moving speed of light.
  3. Weak Nuclear = Stationary empty space.
  4. Strong Nuclear = Stationary filled space.

Non-Linear/Non-Random Universe

Another thought or stream of consciousness I have had has to do with the difference between linear and non-linear reality. It is interesting to note that the most viewed RIKINotes Blog Post (April 9, 2018) deals with this conjecture. So I thought I would update some of my thinking about it.

I think there is a real deep structure regarding it and I would like for us to think about a circle and using that as a model to depict this relationship of linear and non-linear. A circle is really made up of an infinite number of points that fit within its boundaries. The point that is of most significance is the center of the circle where the radius originates and the diameter goes through it. Other than the center point all the other points are not all that significant and are basically random by nature. You can pick one or the other, it doesn’t really matter.

But once you do pick a point and then pick another you have a linear, non-random relationship between the two. The radius, diameter and the circumference possess this quality, they are all non-random. Now in the case of the radius and diameter they are linear while the circumference is non-linear and acts as a boundary for the circle.  The circumference is rather unique in that it is non-linear, it is not a straight line but curved, and it is non-random and establishes a boundary for the circle.

All the points are random and the randomness increases as the circle increases in area.  Think of the points as individual life events that are totally random until we begin to create our life arrow which is similar to a vector.  The randomness begins to disappear in looking back and is more linear now.  However, in looking forward we still are looking at randomness in what will be the next point to attach to the vector.  Chances are it will continue in the direction we have been moving, but it may not.


As I said I want to develop these thoughts; they have been kicking around in my head this summer and I need to do more reading and exploring but I wanted to get them down on paper to ponder and to get reactions from anyone who would be interested in discussing any and all of these thoughts.  I know in the past we have had some excellent discussions.

About Dr Fiene

Dr. Rick Fiene has spent his professional career in improving the quality of child care in various states, nationally, and internationally. He has done extensive research and publishing on the key components in improving child care quality through an early childhood program quality indicator model of training, technical assistance, quality rating & improvement systems, professional development, mentoring, licensing, risk assessment, differential program monitoring, and accreditation. Dr. Fiene is a retired professor of human development & psychology (Penn State University) where he was department head and director of the Capital Area Early Childhood Research and Training Institute.
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