Friday, November 18, 2011

Philosophy Wire: Neutrinos faster than light => New physics required

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Philosophy Wire by Spiros Kakos [2011-11-18]: Neutrinos at CERN are still “insisting” on travelling faster than light, in the infamous OPERA experiment which was repeated once more [source: web news]. On the drawing board again then. All modern physics is based on the axiom that the speed of light is the ultimate barrier. Now everything has to change. And all those “scientist-lovers” who were celebrating the agreement of experimental data with the Theory of Relativity are reminded (the hard way) that modern exact science is nothing more than models. And models change all the time… (that is, if time exists since travelling faster than light means that you go back in time and if you go back in the past that means that the past has not passed… but that is another story for “future” posts)

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