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Peter Lynds

Peter Lynds (born May 17, 1975) New Zealand theoretical physicist and philosopher who has made important contributions to the study of time, Zeno's paradoxes and consciousness.

Making Lynds' achievements all the more remarkable, is that he attended university for just 6 months. A controversial figure, Lynds has commonly been compared to Albert Einstein and his work received praise from some of the worlds best scientists, while others have been very vocal and resentful in their dismissal of it.

Lynds' work revolves around time, something he has said has interested him his whole life. The main conclusion of his physics work is that there is a necessary trade off of all precise physical magnitudes at a time, for their continuity (change and movement) over time. More specifically, that there isn't a precise instant in time underlying an object's motion, and as its position is constantly changing over time, and as such, never determined, it also doesn't have a determined relative position at any time. Lynds posits that this is also the correct resolution of Zeno's paradoxes, with the paradoxes arising because people have wrongly assumed that an object in motion has a determined relative position at any instant in time, thus rendering the body's motion static at that instant and enabling the impossible situation of the paradoxes to be derived. A further implication of this conclusion is that if there is no such thing as determined relative position at a time, consequently velocity, acceleration, momentum, mass, energy and all other physical magnitudes, can't be precisely determined at any time either.

The other implications of his physics work are that (1) time doesn't actually flow or physically progress, that (2) in relation to indeterminacy in precise physical magnitude, the micro and macroscopic are inextricably linked and both a part of the same parcel, rather than just a case of the former underlying and contributing to the latter, that (3) Chronons, proposed atoms of time, arenít compatible with a consistent physical description, that (4) it doesn't appear necessary for time to emerge or congeal from the big bang, and that (5) Stephen Hawking's theory of Imaginary time would appear to be meaningless.

Lynds has also done work on the relationship of time to consciousness, perception and brain function. His most notable conclusion in this area is that our seeming innate subjective conception of a present moment in time, and the phenomenon of conscious awareness, are actually one and the same thing.

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