Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Philosophy Wire: Relativity Theory and Light - The fake "limit"...

s_hyperspace_falconPhilosophy Wire by Spiros Kakos [2013-04-24]:

What is the Relativity Theory? What does it really say?

The major misconceptions are related to the speed of light as a universal speed limit. A limit which... limits us in almost everything - from interspace journeys to information transmission and time travels (yes, Gödel proved they are possible).

But how is that limit derived? And can it be overcome?

Speaking in favor of FTL (Faster than Light) speeds can easily ban you from scientific communities


That "limit" was initially derived from an experiment. And there are other experiments casting a doubt on that experiment... [see experiments of Dayton Miller here]

That "limit" is set to be true due to the fact that c is calculated from Maxwell's equations. But why not believe the "Many Minds Relativity" according to which each observer assumes that light propagates according to Maxwell's equations in a coordinate system, or a vacuum, fixed to the observer? Different observers moving with respect to each other, thus use different coordinate systems or different vacui, but they all use the same Maxwell's equations. [source] No problem with such an explanation. And surely no "limit" there...

That "limit" is not universal. It is actually broken in more than one occasions. And it is simply "not relevant" to many other cases of faster than light information transfer. See the below sources:
That "limit" is experimentally verified like a self-fulfilling prophecy.

We use Relativity Theory equations (which were built ON THE BASIS of light speed being the ultimate barrier) to calculate the speed of e.g. space particles and we find it to always be less than c. But this happens because these equations do not allow anything to get a speed beyond c simply because THEY ARE CONTRUCTED SO THAT THIS HAPPENS! [source]

Like Alternative Physics suggests...

Replace: "The speed of light is a constant for all observers" with:
The speed of light is a constant relative to its source.
Replace: "No object can exceed the speed of light" with:
No object can exceed the speed of light relative to its launch point.

What is the speed of a thought? Think quickly. And as Bruce Lee said... "Have no limit as limit".

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