Time Hybrids: A New Generic Theory of Reality


Fred Van Oystaeyen, PhD – Professor, Mathematics, University of Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium

Series: World Philosophy
BISAC: PHI013000
DOI: https://doi.org/10.52305/TOTN2173

Review by Johan Gielis, Department of Bioengineering Sciences, University of Antwerp, Wilrijk-Antwerpen, Belgium in the journal, Symmetry, Science and Culture, Vol. 34, No. 3 347-350, 2023. To read the full review, click here>>>.

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What if the Big Bang was an exodus of non-existing reality into existence? In this book a theory of the reality is started from the principle that ‘existing takes time’ but in states of the universe there are pre-things in moments, thus non-existing, which realize in strings over specific time intervals as existing phenomena. Causality must be reviewed now and new paradigms for reality follow. The existing and observed universe are discontinuous and “limits” in mathematical models do not correspond to reality. New interpretations in evolution theory and the human condition are being investigated.

Table of Contents



Chapter 1. Introduction

Part I. New Scientific Paradigms

Chapter 2. Time and the Dynamic Geometric Universe

Chapter 3. Pre-Things over States and Transition Correspondences

Chapter 4. The Identity Problem for Existing Things

Chapter 5. The Organic Universe and Chaotic Pre-Interactions

Chapter 6. Places, Mobility, and the Geometry of the Dynamic Universe

Chapter 7. Organic Causality

Chapter 8. Some Connections to Geometry

Chapter 9. Reality Context and Structural Entanglement

Chapter 10. Some Ideas about Actions and Fields

Chapter 11. The Observation Process

Chapter 12. The Learning Process

Chapter 13. The Micro-Process and the Understanding Process

Part II. Organisms and Pseudo-Organisms

Chapter 14. The Universe Creating Content

Chapter 15. Invasive Organisms

Chapter 16. Species and the Mating Game

Chapter 17. Quadruple Evolution

Chapter 18. Evolution Creativity

Chapter 19. Organism Moral, Society and Culture

Chapter 20. The Quest for Meaning

Chapter 21. Meaning of Moral, (Culture, Art, Science) and Language (Context)

Chapter 22. Organic Society Developing Coherence

Chapter 23. Free Will and Wildness

Chapter 24. Time Hybrids

Chapter 25. Summarizing Conclusions




Book Reviews

“This book is a string of new ideas leading to some sort of theory of everything starting from a generic Time-Space theory, using weaker axioms than relativity and Quantum Theory. One of the essential new points is the definition of existing as strings of germs of existence, which do not exist, but are in momentary states of the universe. The model obtained is not determined by initial conditions, as in Einstein’s theory, it allows unpredictable, momentary germs to appear, leading to a continuous ongoing creation in the exiting reality. The classical concept of causality has to be thoroughly revised and modern physical concepts like dark matter, the Big Bang, the quantum void, etc., get surprising new interpretations. Then the author expands his model in deriving new paradigms in philosophy, biology and the process theory of our cognitive constructions, finally realizing humans are Time Hybrids. The book is a fascinating experiment which may change your view on reality.” – Professor Dr. Florin Panaite, IRMAR, Bukarest, Romania

” F. Van Oystaeyen, an excellent mathematician, presents in this book, his more philosophical approach to eternal concepts as time and existence. His brilliant, insightful and original theory of everything goes beyond Relativity and quantum theory. In his model, not determined by initial conditions (as in Einstein) , the author examines the connection between the existing universe and the observable universe; his interpretation allows us to understand certain quantum phenomena (dark matter, dark energy, the quantum void and the wobbling of muons) in a elegant way. Furthermore, the reader will find many other witty and  original ideas relative to  organic causality  and human condition. The author rules out the idea of  introducing more mathematical structure, in fact this is not necessary for the theory presented in this book. In conclusion, it is  an absolute pleasure to read this wonderful book and I hope that his ideas will lead to a new paradigms in physics and philosophy.” Professor Dr. Blas Torrecillas, Universidad de Almeria, Almeria, Spain

“This essay, written by a world class mathematician, presents thought-provoking ideas grounded in a mathematical formalization of concepts that are often troublesome in physics, notably time and observation. Only a modicum of mathematical structure is used, so the book, despite being written in a cursory style, should be accessible to readers with little mathematical background. The result is an original and intriguing excursion through elusive aspects of relativity and quantum physics, eventually leading to a philosophical glance at evolution, moral, society, and free will.” – Professor Dr. Pedro Resende, University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal

“In this thought provoking book, one of the creators of the mathematical theory of “non-commutative geometry,” a revolutionary new kind of geometry with strong philosophical implications, the author boldly moves beyond abstract mathematics into the physical world and presents a generic model of reality radically different from earlier approaches, in which hard to characterize concepts like Time, Existing, Place, Space, etc. are given a precise meaning.” – Professor Dr. Michel Van Den Bergh, Foundation of Scientific Research (FWO),University of Hasselt, Belgium

“The author in this book proposed a  “theory of everything”  starting from a generic theory assuming weaker structural axioms than Relativity and quantum theory, avoiding real numbers  in order to  have  a suitable understanding of time as a totally ordered set of  momentary states of the universe.  One essential point the author in this book made is the definition of existence as strings of non-existing momentary germs of existing things (pre-things). In the model he constructed there are no problems of time being measured by real numbers. The model  obtained by the author is not determined by initial conditions (as in Einstein) but it allows via the pre-things without history in the strings of sets of pre-things unpredictable things to appear. He also pointed out the difference between existing universe and observed universe, that is the observation intervals containing many or millions existence intervals leading to an observation of supposedly one object actually being a set of consecutive manifestations plus series of ‘mutations’ of the existing objects. I think the book has  opened some doors for new paradigm in physics and philosophy. Further originality is in the changes in causality (organic causality in reality) and this has a lot of consequences in biology and the brain activity in constructing the abstract world.” – Professor Dr. Yinhuo Zhang, University of Hasselt, Belgium

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