Who Is a Time Lord?
Another thespian has been Playing Doctor this year! Matt Smith, the new Doctor in the new series of DR WHO, premiering in the US April 17.
Amusing article title from the April 1 issue of NEW SCIENTIST:
Time Lords discovered in California
"Time Lords walk among us. Two per cent of readers may be surprised to discover that they are members of an elite group with the power to perceive the geography of time.
"Sci-fi fans – Anglophile ones, at least – know that the coolest aliens in the universe are Time Lords: time-travelling humanoids with the ability to understand and perceive events throughout time and space. Now it seems that people with a newly described condition have a similar, albeit lesser ability: they experience time as a spatial construct.
"Synaesthesia is the condition in which the senses are mixed, so that a sound or a number has a colour, for example. In one version, the sense of touch evokes emotions.
To those variants we can now add time-space synaesthesia.
"In general, 'these individuals perceive months of the year in circular shapes, usually just as an image inside their mind's eye,' says David Brang of the department of psychology at the University of California, San Diego."
The Brang et al. paper is in the journal Consciousness and Cognition.
Many people, no matter how educated, will never figure out that Space/Time are one phenomenon. R = ct leading to GM=tc^3. In Planck units, these two expressions combine as M = R = t. Mathematics allows us to reduce the immense Universe to equations that even student Time Lords can understand. Others may go to their graves muttering that the speed of light is constant.
In the modern world, we are pressured to conform to the group. If physics professors can't grasp that GM=tc^3, they dismiss it as wrong. People should be valued for their differences, and more of us should try to be Time Lords. At the end, we can someday regenerate our aging bodies to become young and beautiful anew.