The main purpose of this web site is to provide a fresh perspective on your understanding of the reality of faster than light communication. For years scientists said nothing can go faster than the speed of light. Even when they were making these claims,  the theories they were using did not completely rule out FTL phenomena. They basically said, "Theory is not enough." Then, starting in the late 1970's, when electronics finally began to work *fast*,  and measurements of light speed became commonplace in the lab (today you can measure the speed of light using your computer and an analog to digital converter, and it's become a nice high school science fair project), experimental results began to show that FTL phenomena really do occur. With hard facts staring the science community in the face, their reply now,  is,  "OK, FTL  phenomena do exist -- but we will never be able to use it for anything useful..."

Now, neither science nor scientists are evil,  nor do they devote their lives  to suppressing useful ideas. This is not how science works, but because science is a human endeavor, non scientists often are left with the impression that either the process is flawed, or establishment scientists are trying to keep some 'secret'. Science is a confluence of many things, a mixture of human traits and non-human fact. This complexity might make the scientific method difficult for a layperson to understand, but there's no malintent involved. People must be shown -- especially scientists -- before they can admit to a possibility that was  taboo in the past. Think of the following pages as the beginning of a journey. I know faster-than-light communication is possible, and I want you to know that too. But, as I construct these pages, two thoughts persist: Firstly, you must progress gradually - crawl before you can walk, and walk before you can run, and run before you can fly. The second being the simple fact that anything handed out on a gold platter will be underappreciated. I want you to begin to crawl, and also to appreciate the fact that you can  crawl... If you get the feeling that I am leaving out some important points, or insights, well, you're right - I am. And once you begin the walking phase, you will know what those points and insights are without me telling you.

 

As I mentioned earlier, it is commonly believed that the concept of FTL (Faster Than Light) information transfer is strictly within the realm of science fiction. However, this is not entirely accurate. Some of the greatest minds of the 20th century have seriously pondered the possibility. Albert Einstein delivered several relevant papers  in the early parts of that century. Most people are familiar with his 'theory of relativity', which has become one of the fundamental branches of physics today.  Many people outside the field may not realize that Einstein also published another paper on how light interacts with matter, known as 'The Photoelectric Effect'. In this paper, he concluded that light must exist in 'packets' that exhibit both wave-like and particle-like properties.  This is a significant simplification, but it was for this paper that Einstein was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics. Many consider this work to be the starting point for the second major branch of 20th-century physics, known as Quantum Mechanics.

In those early years, no one knew that these two new branches of physics, despite providing answers to long-standing questions, were not compatible with each other. The battle lines were drawn. Not straying from the topic of this web site, quantum mechanics suggests the possibility of instantaneous information transfer, whereas relativity limits the speed of information transfer to the speed of the medium carrying it.  Relativity establishes the speed of light in a vacuum as the ultimate speed limit, thereby limiting the speed of information transfer to the speed of light.

Currently, numerous websites discuss the E-P-R thought experiment which was developed in 1935, in a paper co-authored by Albert Einstein, Boris Podolsky, and Nathan Rosen. The paper is titled "Can Quantum Mechanical Description of Physical Reality Be Considered Complete? This title is often shortened to 'The EPR Paper'.  These websites detail how proponents of quantum physics addressed the experiment, delving into complex mathematics and discussing subsequent experiments, such as the Aspect experiments of the 1970's and more.

Turning to the end of the page, the quantum guys won the argument. Had Einstein  lived longer, he might have reluctantly accepted the experimental revelations about the workings of reality, though I'm sure it would have been a tough pill for him to swallow. By the way, this in no way invalidates relativity physics. Today, just about the only thing separating relativity from quantum physics is the force of gravity.  But, there is still a hurdle to overcome. While experimental data support instantaneous action at a distance, it is random. This is bad for anyone trying to make a FTL Radio. Continuing the analogy of a radio, it is as if the carrier wave was random. A random carrier is indistinguishable from noise. If you modulate noise, you just end up with more noise. Although you can conduct FTL signaling experiments, you only know after the fact you were successful when the sender and receiver of the information compare notes on the experiment later, over a cup of Java. This kinda messes up the idea of ever creating a useable 'FTL Radio', since this comparing occurs at slower than light speeds. This is where we are today. It does seem depressing... unless you accept current results derived from EPR type experiments as signposts of something more exciting ahead. FTL signaling is possible. The universe uses this instantaneous transfer of information all the time. Indeed, the world we live in, the entire universe even, would be a much different place if this type of mechanism were not allowed.

At the beginning of the 20th century, scientists received a major kick in the teeth as they had to adjust their world view of events occurring in the 'quanta' instead of the 'continuous', but it was a short time before this change was completed. Humanity is resilient. We adapted our world view to the new ideas. Today, we see a repeat. Nothing can go faster than light. Right... There is change happening even as you read this. And, we are in a better position than those 19th century scientists ever were for the 20th century. They did not have much warning that the inconsequential storm clouds they could see developing on the distant horizon would eventually antiquate their world view. Today, we have warnings in the shape of hard data from well run experiments, but only if you want to listen to what the universe is trying to say through the results of those experiments. FTL exists, and it is waiting for someone, somewhere, to put it to use. Is this impossible? So far, the record says no. Every phenomena of nature we can observe, we have been able to exploit. It wont be easy - it may take a different way of thinking about some fundamental facts of life, but there is no reason to suppose we have hit the proverbial dead end.

This web site is developed along a certain path. Since I want everyone to understand what I am saying, I will repeat some items I consider important more than a few times. I am not going to be pedantic in my treatment of many topics. If you want to read in greater detail on some things, like hidden variables, the E-P-R paper, or whatever, there are many web sites that will go into as much detail as you want - it is my hope you will browse these sites: there is much to learn, after all. For the most part, I am interested in transferring concept, and ideas, into your head, not numbers. With that in mind, I am going to be striving for a low angst level. If you read through to the end, I can't guarantee you will agree with me, but you will have at least begun to think about things, and that is the most important thing you can do.  Read on...