[OT] Warp Drive, Here We Come

Richmond Mathewson richmondmathewson at gmail.com
Fri Sep 23 12:22:56 CDT 2011


On 09/23/2011 07:37 PM, Bob Sneidar wrote:
> WARNING: The following contains a Biblical reference in relation to time and space, so delete now if you will be offended.
>
> I think the idea is that the faster something goes the more space time compresses. I have always wondered however at setting the limit at the speed of light, or to any speed, as speed implies moving from one point to another, meaning that space-time is not fully reduced to nothing yet. It seems to me that the point would have to be infinite speed, at which point space time would be compressed to nothing. Or put another way, if something could move so fast it could be in all places at once, then space would cease to have any meaning, and so also would time. Working it from the other end, if nothing were spread out like a curtain into what we call the "fabric of space-time", it seems it would have all the characteristics we observe.
>
> Interesting then that David says:
>
> Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?
> If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.
> If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;
> Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.
> If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me.
> Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.
>
> And also:
>
> Thou hast spread out the heavens like a curtain.
>
> Bob
>
>

I'm not offended [err . . . why should anybody be offended?], but don't 
really see a connexion
between the Biblical quote and the other stuff.

Jolly nice poetry, but nothing to do with neutrinos going for gold.

At the risk of offending some people:

As the Bible was written an awful long time ago by a bunch of 
semi-settled nomads who
took over somebody else's country and massacred them (that is, also, 
recorded in the bible)
who weren't terribly well informed about quantum physics I'm not 
entirely surprised.



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