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Temporal Orientation

Let P be some particle characterized by its quark coefficients N. Recall that these coefficients present N^{\mathsf{T}} as the total number of top quarks plus top anti-quarks in P. So N^{\mathsf{T}} is also the number of top seeds in P. Similarly N^{\mathsf{B}} marks the number of bottom seeds, N^{\mathsf{S}} notes the number of strange seeds and N^{\mathsf{C}} indicates the number of charmed seeds. Taken together, these quantities describe the distribution of baryonic seeds in P. They are combined to define the temporal orientation as

\delta_{t} \equiv    \begin{cases} +1 &\mathsf{\text{if}} \; \; \; N^{\mathsf{T}} + N^{\mathsf{C}} > N^{\mathsf{B}} + N^{\mathsf{S}} \\ \; \; 0 &\mathsf{\text{if}} \; \; \; N^{\mathsf{T}} + N^{\mathsf{C}} = N^{\mathsf{B}} + N^{\mathsf{S}} \\ -1 &\mathsf{\text{if}} \; \; \; N^{\mathsf{T}} + N^{\mathsf{C}} < N^{\mathsf{B}} + N^{\mathsf{S}} \end{cases}

This number  \delta_{t} is used in the next few articles to assign a time of occurrence to P’s events. It is compared with reference sensations to establish a relationship between the numerical order assigned to events, and the order that they occur in history.

Sensory Interpretation

Temporal orientation is a binary description of thermal sensations like those shown in this icon.

Top seeds and charmed seeds are objectified from warm and burning thermal sensations. Whereas bottom seeds and strange seeds are defined from cool and freezing thermal feelings. So the number  \delta_{t} is a binary report that collectively describes all thermal sensations. If  \delta_{t} = 0 then we say that P is tepid. Then, the temporal orientation notes if a compound sensation is overall hotter or colder than tepid. That is,  \delta_{t} is a crude indication of whether a compound quark has a temperature that is higher or lower than a tepid particle.

Upcoming articles go into more detail, but here is a preview of how  \delta_{t} is relevant for establishing a collective understanding time’s direction. First, particles with the same temporal orientation satisfy a condition for being thermally similar. Then, these two particles would interact with a tepid particle in a similar way; both would experience either a warming process, or a cooling process. But not one of each. Next we consider how this agreement allows for the construction of historical order.

Temporal orientation is a binary description of quantized sensation like those shown by these beads from Borneo.
Baby Carrier panel, Bahau people. Borneo 20th century, 30 x 29 cm. Photograph by D Dunlop.