January 5, 2012
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The effect of apparent 'slowing' of time for moving objects and due to gravity can be explained in much
simpler terms, that does not involve the speed of light, gravity nor a need for postulates regarding them.
These effects can be derived by using only simple deductions of computer science.
The effect of 'slowing' of time is also called 'time dilation' in Einstein's relativity theories, but it will not
be called that here because we consider time to be constant and to emphasize that the effect is only
related to a slow-down in processing information, and nothing more. The 'perceived' time can slowdown
(meaning the time measured by any clock), and not the time itself. We will call this effect a
perceived-dilation effect, to differentiate it from the notion of time-dilation.
The perceived-dilation effect is shown to be non-symmetrical, meaning that in relative motion,
perceived time does not appear to slow down equally. The exact expression of perceived-dilation is not
linear, and it depends on all other masses, their distances and speeds. In simple environments, such as
measuring near large masses (such as Earth) or for very small masses, perceived time slows down for
small masses, but not perceptibly for large masses.
The approach taken here (hereafter called the Computational-Hypothesis) will show the underlying
cause of perceived-dilation to be the same regardless of whether it comes from relative movement or
from the presence of other masses.