FrankD. (Tony) Smith, Jr., Cartersville, GA USA, 9 November2003 - Click Here for pdfformat.

VoDouand Physics

VoDou = IFA divinationbegins with a binary choice:

To form a string of binary 1s and 0s,

let = 1 and = 0.

VoDou = IFA divination is based on 8 binary choices.

One way of divining is to cast a chain (Opele Chain) of 8two-sided things, such as cowries or palm nuts. Here, I illustratewith a chain of 8 coins:

`There are   2  x  2  x  2  x  2   x  2  x  2  x  2  x  2   = 2^8 = 256 possible outcomes`

There is only 1 outcome with no 1s ( all 0s):

There are 8 different outcomes with exactly one 1:

The 8 are, explicitly:

There are 28 different outcomes with exactly two 1s:

There are 56 different outcomes with exactly three 1s:

There are 70 different outcomes with exactly four 1s:

There are 56 different outcomes with exactly five 1s:

There are 28 different outcomes with exactly six 1s:

There are 8 different outcomes with exactly seven 1s:

There only one outcome with all eight 1s:

If we call the number of 1s in a given outcome the grade of thatoutcome,

then we can organize the 2^8 = 256 outcomes by grade from 0 to8:

1 + 8 + 28 + 56 + 70 + 56 + 28 + 8 + 1 = 256 = 2^8

The Opele Chain Casting method of diviningdescribes the graded structure of the 256 = 2^8 outcomes.

There is also an alternate method of VoDou and IFAdivination.

It is equivalent to dividing the 8-element Opele Chain

into two 4-element halves:

and then casting each 4-element half separately,

so that each outcome is a pair of 4 binary choices.

Since 4 binary choices have 2^4 = 16 possible outcomes,

a pair of 4 binary choices has 16 x 16 = 256 possibleoutcomes,

which are the same 256 outcomes obtained by casting the whole8-element Opele Chain.

Each of the 16 possible outcomes of 4 binary choiceds can berepresented by Tetragrams. Here is a traditional Yoruba sequence ofTetragrams, with o representing the binary choice 0 and oorepresenting the binary choice 1:

`1     2     3     4  o     oo    oo    o o     oo    o     ooo     oo    o     ooo     oo    oo    o   5     6     7     8  o     oo    o     ooo     oo    oo    oooo    o     oo    oooo    o     oo    o   9     10    11    12 o     oo    oo    ooo     o     o     ooo     o     oo    o oo    o     oo    oo  13    14    15    16 o     o     o     oooo    o     oo    o o     oo    o     ooo     o     oo    o  `
The 16 Tetragrams can also be arranged in a binary numbersequence
` 0     1     2     3     4     5     6     7       o     o     o     o     o     o     o     o      o     o     o     o     oo    oo    oo    ooo     o     oo    oo    o     o     oo    ooo     oo    o     oo    o     oo    o     ooX 8     9     10    11    12    13    14    15      oo    oo    oo    oo    oo    oo    oo    oo     o     o     o     o     oo    oo    oo    ooo     o     oo    oo    o     o     oo    ooo     oo    o     oo    o     oo    o     oo `
in which the first line of 8 Tetragrams (0-7) is the MirrorImage of the second line (15-8) under a reflection through thecentral point X that changes o to oo and oo to o.

The Tetragram method of divining describes the 256= 16 x 16 outcomes in terms of 16 sets of 16 outcomes.

The 16 = 8 + 8 sets can be seen as two groups of 8sets, with one group of 8 (call it <8) being a Mirror Image of theother (call it 8>).

Therefore,

VoDou = AFA, through the Opele Chain Castingand Tetragram methods of divining, give this structure to thefundamental 256 outcomes:

1 +8 +28 + 56+ 70 + 56 + 28 + 8 + 1 =(<8+8>)x 16

How can this structure be used to make a Physicsmodel?

In order to make a model of Fundamental Particle Physics, you mustdescribe the basic action by which

a Fundamental Particle movesfrom an Origin point A in SpaceTime to a Destination point B inSpaceTime.
`   --B  / /| / / // / / |/ /  A--   `

As John Gribbin and Mary Gribbin say in their book RichardFeynman, A Life In Science (Dutton, Penguin, 1997, at pages85-87):

"... A line ...[from A to B]... represents the history ofa particle as it .... move[s] from A to B ... The insightFeynman had, while lying in bed one night,unable to sleep, wasthat

you had to consider every possible way inwhich a particle could go from A to B -every possible 'history'.

...[A Particle going]... from A to B isconceived as ... a sum ... of ... all of the possible paths thatconnect ... A to B ...

[Three of the possible paths are shown in the diagramabove] ... For each possible way that a particle can go from onepoint to another in spacetime there is ...[an]...

amplitude ...[which]... has two parts,which can be thought of in terms of little arrows. An arrow has acertain length, and it points in a certain direction. ...".

As Richard Feynman says in his book QED: The Strange Theory ofLight and Matter (Princeton, 1988, at pages 82-83, 91, 129 ):

"... an event [such as going from A to B] can bedivided into alternative ways [paths] ...

each way [path] can be divided intosuccessive steps ... the arrows for each step can be "multiplied" bysuccessive shrinks and turns ...[ to get an arrow for eachalternative way ]...

the arrow[s] for each[alternative] way can be "added" ... to obtain a final arrow,whose square is the probability of an observed physical event[such as going from A to B]...

...[another] basic action is:

[a particle] ...emits or absorbs ...[another particle]...

the amplitude ... to emit or absorb a...[particle]...[is]... just a number ...[thatdescribes the Strengths of Forces in Physics]...

... the amplitude for a real electron to emit or absorb a realphoton ... has been a mystery ever since it was discovered, and allgood theoretical physicists put this number up on their wall andworry about it. ... It's one of the greatest damnmysteries of physics ...

... There is no theory that adequately explains... the observed masses of the particles ... We use thenumbers in all our theories, but we don't understand them - what theyare or where they come from. I believe that from a fundamental pointof view, this is a very interesting and seriousproblem. ...".

The VoDou = IFA model of Fundamental ParticlePhysics

solves the mystery ofthe amplitudes for particles to emit or absorb otherparticles, which give Force Strengths,

and also

solves the problem of ParticleMasses.

Since the answers to the mystery of Force Strengths and theproblem of Particle Masses are numbers, we must see how

the VoDou = IFA structures correspond to themathematical structures of Feynman's amplitude arrows.

What are the mathematical structures of Feynman's amplitudearrows?

We need a SpaceTime so that Particles can move from point Ato point B. In the simplest Standard Model and Gravity,large-scale SpaceTime is 4-dimensional.

We see that it might be useful to divide Particles into classes,based on how they are affected by rotating them around inSpaceTime:

The simplest type of Particle is just a point, with no internal sense of direction in or connection to SpaceTime. It is called a Scalar Particle, or spin-0 particle. Particle physicists call it a Higgs Scalar. In the simplest Standard Model, there is one Higgs scalar;

Another type of Particle has an internal sense of direction in SpaceTime, so that if it is rotated one full turn of 360 degrees about an internal axis, it is back to how it was oriented when it started out. Since such Particles act like vectors in that a 360 degree rotation gets them back to where they started, they are called Vector Particles, or spin-1 particles. Particle physicists call them Gauge Bosons. In the simplest Standard Model of the electromagnetic, weak, and color forces, there are 12 Gauge Bosons. In the Conformal Group that produces Gravity by a generalized MacDowell-Mansouri mechanism, there are 16 Gauge Bosons. Therefore, for the simplest Standard Model plus Gravity, there are 12+16 = 28 Gauge Bosons;

A third type of Particle not only has an internal sense of direction, but also has a sense of how it is connected to the SpaceTime in which it lives. Louis H. Kauffman, in his book Knots and Physics (World Scientific Publishing Co. 1991), says that such a particle is like a ball attached to its surroundings by string, as in this picture from Gravitation, by Misner, Thorne, and Wheeler (Freeman 1972):

The orientation of the ball is related to the surrounding sphere by the tangle of the strings connecting them. If you rotate the ball 360 degrees, the strings are tangled, but if you go to 720 degrees, the strings get untangled. Here is a demonstration of how the 720 degree rotation works:

It is from Feynman's 1986 Dirac Memorial Lecture (Elementary Particles and the Laws of Physics, Cambridge Press 1987), and it shows a cup held by a dancer in one hand. Rotating the cup by 360 degrees gets the arm (which is connected to the shoulder of the dancer) twisted, but turning the cup another 360 degrees gets the arm back straight. In it, picture 1 is the start, picture 2 is 180 degrees, picture 3 is 360 degrees (note how the arm is twisted), picture 4 is 540 degrees, and picture 1 again is 720 degrees. - Such particles that have to be rotated twice to get back to where they started are called Spinor Particles, or spin-1/2 particles.

As Richard Feynman says in his article The Reason for AntiParticles (in the book Elementary Particles and the Laws of Physics, the 1986 Dirac Memorial Lectures, Cambridge, 1987, page10): for Spinor Particles "... there must be antiparticles ...[which look like]... particle[s] moving backwards in time ...". In other words, for each Spinor Particle there must exist a Mirror Image Spinor AntiParticle that looks like the original one moving backward in time. Particle physicists call them Fermion Particles and Fermion AntiParticles. In the simplest Standard Model, there are 3 sets of 8 Fermion Particles and 8 Fermion AntiParticles. Each of the 3 sets is called a generation, so that there are 8 first-generation Fermion Particles and 8 first-generation Fermion AntiParticles.

In the VoDou = IFA structure of the fundamental 256 outcomes:

1 +8 +28 + 56+ 70 + 56 + 28 + 8 + 1 =(<8+8>)x 16

8corresponds to a 4+4 = 8-dimensional SpaceTime

1corresponds to one Higgs Scalar

28corresponds to 12+16 = 28 Gauge Bosons

<8corresponds to 8 first-generation Fermion Particles

8>corresponds to 8 first-generation FermionAntiParticles

At first glance, it looks like the VoDou = IFA structure matchesthe structure of particle physics, with two exceptions:

• a 4+4 = 8-dimensional SpaceTime and
• only the first generation of Fermion Particles and AntiParticles.

However, if the 8 SpaceTime dimensions are broken down into

• 4 dimensions that we see as the large-scale Physical SpaceTime of particle physics, plus
• a small 4-dimensional ball (called a CP2 space, or Internal Symmetry Space) at each point of the large-scale 4-dimensional spacetime

we can also see where the second and third generations of FermionParticles and AntiParticles come from:

`If you reduce the original 8-dimensional spacetimeinto 4-dimensional physical spacetimeand 4-dimensional Internal Symmetry Space then if you look in the original 8-dimensional spacetimeat a fermion (First-generation represented by a single octonion)propagating from one vertex to another there are only 4 possibilities for the same propagationafter dimensional reduction:1 The origin o and target x vertices are bothin the 4-dimensional large-scale physical spacetime    4-dim Internal Symmetry Space   --------------      4-dim Physical SpaceTime        ---o------x---   in which case the propagation is unchanged, and thefermion remains a FIRST generation fermion.2The origin vertex o is in the large-scale physical spacetime and the target vertex * in in the Internal Symmetry Space    4-dim Internal Symmetry Space   ----------*---                                        4-dim Physical SpaceTime        ---o----------   in which case there must be a new link fromthe original target vertex * in the Internal Symmetry Spaceto a new target vertex x in the large-scale physical spacetime    4-dim Internal Symmetry Space   ----------*---      4-dim Physical SpaceTime        ---o------x---   and a new vertex can be introduced at the originaltarget vertex in connection with the new link so that the fermion can be regarded as a SECOND generation fermion.3The target vertex x is in the large-scale physical spacetime and the origin vertex o in in the Internal Symmetry Space    4-dim Internal Symmetry Space   ---o----------      4-dim Physical SpaceTime        ----------x---   in which case there must be a new link tothe original origin vertex o in the Internal Symmetry Spacefrom a new origin vertex * in the large-scale physical spacetime    4-dim Internal Symmetry Space   ---o----------      4-dim Physical SpaceTime        ---O------x---   so that a new vertex can be introduced at the neworigin vertex O in connection with the new link so that the fermion can, as in case 2, be regarded as a SECOND generation fermion. 4Both the origin vertex o and the target vertex * are in the Internal Symmetry Space,   4-dim Internal Symmetry Space   ---o------*---      4-dim Physical SpaceTime        --------------   in which case there must be a new link tothe original origin vertex o in the Internal Symmetry Spacefrom a new origin vertex O in the large-scale physical spacetime,and a second new link from the original target vertex * in the Internal Symmetry Space to a new target vertex xin the associative spacetime    4-dim Internal Symmetry Space   ---o------*---      4-dim Physical SpaceTime        ---O------x---   so that a new vertex can be introduced at the neworigin vertex O in connection with the first new link,and another new verterx can be introduced at the originaltarget vertex * in connection with the second new link,so that the fermion can be regarded as a THIRD generation fermion.As there are no more possibilities, there are no more generations.`

Therefore the VoDou = IFA Structure of thefundamental 256 outcomes

1 +8 +28 + 56+ 70 + 56 + 28 + 8 + 1 =(<8+8>)x 16

8corresponds to a 4+4 = 8-dimensional SpaceTime

1corresponds to one Higgs Scalar

28corresponds to 1+3+8 + 16 = 28 Gauge Bosons

<8corresponds to 8 first-generation Fermion Particles

8>corresponds to 8 first-generation Fermion AntiParticles

after breaking the 8-dimensional SpaceTime into 4 Large-ScalePhysical SpaceTime dimensions plus 4 Internal Symmetry Spacedimensions, with the consequent production of second and thirdgeneration Fermion Particles and AntiParticles,contains a representation of the simplest StandardModel plus Gravity.

So, given the correspondence between VoDou = IFA Structure and thePhysics Structures of the simplest Standard Model plus Gravity,

how do we set up to calculate the numbers forthe Amplitudes for Emission and Absorption of Particles (whichare equivalent to Force Strengths and Charges) andthe Masses of Particles ?

The mathematical structure used in such a calculation is called aLagrangian, and it is of the form

INT (1 +28 +<8,8>)

8

• the 1 is a term involving the Higgs Scalar;
• the 28 is a term involving the Gauge Bosons;
• the <8,8> is a term involving the Fermion Particles and AntiParticles; and
• the INT over 8 means to sum (or integrate) the Higgs Scalar, Gauge Boson, and Fermion terms over the relevant region of SpaceTime.

The numerical structure form of the VoDou = IFA Structure comesfrom the correpondence of the fundamental 256 outcomes

1 +8 +28 + 56+ 70 + 56 + 28 + 8 + 1 =(<8+8>)x 16

with the Graded Structure and Spinor Structures of the256-dimensional Cl(8) Clifford Algebra of 16x16 real matricesM(16,R):

`x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x xx x x x x x x x x x x x x x x xx x x x x x x x x x x x x x x xx x x x x x x x x x x x x x x xx x x x x x x x x x x x x x x xx x x x x x x x x x x x x x x xx x x x x x x x x x x x x x x xx x x x x x x x x x x x x x x xx x x x x x x x x x x x x x x xx x x x x x x x x x x x x x x xx x x x x x x x x x x x x x x xx x x x x x x x x x x x x x x xx x x x x x x x x x x x x x x xx x x x x x x x x x x x x x x xx x x x x x x x x x x x x x x xx x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x`

The black-colored 56 + 70 + 56 + 28 + 8 + 1 and 16 also havephysical interpretations, some of which are related to theduality between position and momentum that is related to theHeisenberg Uncertainty Principle of Quantum Theory. Thoseinterpretations are:

Taken together, the 56 and 70 correspond to the126 root vectors of the exceptional Lie algebra E7 that is theglobal symmetry group of anM-theory describing Interactions among the World-Lines of PossibleHistories in the Quantum Many-Worlds.

All 256 VoDou = IFA outcomes areclosely related to the 240 rootvectors of the exceptional Lie algebra E8 that is the globalsymmetry group of anF-theory describing Interactions among the World-Lines of PossibleHistories in the Quantum Many-Worlds.

Of course, our Universeand its QuantumMany-Worlds is very big and one set of 256 VoDou = IFAoutcomes, that is, one copy of the 256-dimensional Cl(8) Cliffordalgebra, describes only one small part, or one Event.To describe such very big things, you need a very big Cliffordalgebra, say Cl(8N) where N can be as large a number as you want.What makes VoDou = IFA effective for such very big things is the factthat any very big Clifford algebra Cl(8N)can be factored into N copies of the basic 256-element VoDou = IFACl(8) Clifford algebra:

Cl(8N) = Cl(8) x ...(N times tensor product)... xCl(8)

Therefore,

our entireUniverse and its Quantum Many-Worlds can be described completely interms of the 256 VoDou = IFA outcomes.

Further,

the VoDou = IFA model can be used to describeQuantumConsciousness, not only on the level of HumanConsciousness, but also ofour entire Universe, and to give usa framework within which to consider our FutureHistory and our possible Fates.

Details of calculations of Force Strengths andParticle Masses, including comparison with experimentalresults and further related math and physics structures, arecontained in a paper that can be found at these links:

It is clear that the VoDou Physics Modelmeets Einstein'sCriterion for a good fundamental physics model, as it is astructure which is based only upon

"... a faith in the simplicity, i.e.,intelligibility, of nature: there are no arbitrary constants ... thatis to say, nature is so constituted that it is possible logically tolay down such strongly determined laws that within these laws onlyrationally completely determined constants occur (not constants,therefore, whose numerical value could be changed without destroyingthe theory). ...".