This is Essay CXII of Mr. Stolyarov’s series, “A Rational Cosmology,” which seeks to present objective, absolute, rationally grounded views of terms such as universe, matter, volume, space, time, motion, sound, light, forces, fields, and even the higher-order concepts of life, consciousness, and volition. See the index of all the essays in “A Rational Cosmology” here.
This essay shall endeavor to show that the relationship of light is not made manifest through the travel of anything, because no matter is transferred from one entity to another during the process of illumination.
Transfer of Luminosity is not Transfer of Matter.
Light is not a force — as I had demonstrated in “Light Results in Illumination, Not Acceleration” –since all forces cause their targets to accelerate, whereas light qua light does not. However, light, too, is a relationship that does not in itself affect the participant entities’ material qualities.
No entity becomes more or less massive just by being illuminated. If the contrary were the case, the Earth would have an enormous coating of mass added onto it from the 4.6 billion years it was continuously illuminated by the Sun. Thus, the relationship of light affects not the participant entities’ matter, but some other of their qualities. This quality can be called luminosity.
Since luminosity is not matter, and it can be transferred independently of matter, light does not require the transfer of matter to occur. Thus, light does not require intermediate entities to “carry” it between the source and the target. This means that luminosity can be transferred at a distance, without at all altering the affected entities’ amounts of matter or the arrangement of their constituent particles.
Travel is Only Required for Transfers of Matter.
Light does not travel through space and does not manifest itself in any intermediate region between its source and some target entity (which includes targets other than the intended or anticipated one).
Wherever there is an entity sufficiently proximate to the light source and not blocked from it by others, it will be illuminated. Wherever there is no entity, there will be no light. Light is a transfer of luminosity, which is a quality. Qualities are qualities of entities, and no “absence of entities” can ever have qualities. Thus, wherever there are no entities, there is no luminosity and hence no light.
The above implies that light cannot “travel” through space. Only entities can travel, and all entities are material. Any transfer of qualities not including matter cannot have entities involved in it — and thus cannot involve “travel.”
It is thus not only possible for light not to involve intermediate entities: it is impossible for light to involve such entities. Only distance relationships where matter is transferred from the source to the target can have intermediate entities traveling between the source and target to transfer this matter. Luminosity alone cannot be transferred by this means.
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