If time were a measure of density—a matter to energy or M/E ratio—it’d have deep implications for human health. Because the same M/E could be achieved in different ways. We can be materially fast and energetically dense (high metabolic rate and high pH). Or we can be materially dense and energetically fast (low metabolic rate and low pH). If matter and energy are essentially the same thing—as mass-energy equivalence or E=mc^2 tells us they are—then either matter or energy can play the role of matter or energy. For matter to be energy and energy to be matter would require a lot of speed. But for energy to be energy and matter to be matter would be easy.

What if we’ve been seeing things backward? Matter that is fast can move forward in space which is to move backward in time. And energy that is dense can move backward in space which is to move forward in time. But matter that is fast and backward-moving is not matter; it’s dark energy. And energy that is dense and forward-moving is not energy; it’s dark matter.

What if this interface—where dark energy and dark matter are trading places—is not time, it is spin. Space. A spiraling flat dimension within the Vesica piscis (the intersection of matter and energy) whose circumference is about 70 years. But what if time is a much larger dimension than this—time is the circle (actually two circles; one spinning forward and the other spinning backward) within which the Vesica piscis sits? Both space and time, if circular, would be infinite. But for space’s ~70 year radius, time would have a ~7 year radius—7 light years.

Why would space spiral? Because matter can move forward only incrementally, because of the conflicting needs for density and speed. I can increase my speed, but first I must increase my density—which increases my need for speed. For every three steps I take forward, I take two steps back. This circumscribed nature of motion within time is evinced in the Fibonacci spiral, found in everything from galaxies to hurricanes to flower petals, pinecones, and even the human face. While we are inside time—while matter is playing the role of energy, and energy is playing the role of matter—our hands are tied. Fibonacci is the signature of the material world.

Matter, in a sense, is a prison. But we are more than matter—as we’ve seen in the fourth state of matter experiment. If matter and energy are essentially the same thing, then anything we observe is a hybrid of each. If we push the material component in (backward in time), we are left with energy. If we pull the energetic component out (forward in time), we are left with matter.