Out of the Blue

What It Looks Like To Leave Our Solar System At The Speed Of Light (thanks Derek) I love stuff like this so much I can watch without skipping ahead too much. It's so cool being able to visualize the unimaginable, though the title is deceptive (it actually ends a little past Jupiter). Anyway, pretty enlightening right off the bat, as I certainly never pictured Mercury being as far from the Sun as it actually is, as the vastness of space is even vaster than I'd pictured.

Vast Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
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The Village - Revisited.
3 Little Heroes.
Stories: Why drivers in China intentionally kill the pedestrians they hit. Thanks JDreyer.
Michigan Newspaper Claims the Large Hadron Collider Is Being Used as a "Stargate."
Science: Researchers Use DNA to Program Cells to Make Tissues in a lab.
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Demented dog.
Surviving a Black Mamba bite. WTF?
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NewMaxx wrote on Sep 5, 2015, 12:45:
Timmeh wrote on Sep 5, 2015, 12:16:
you know what I got from that video?

Light is just not that fast. It only seems fast to us. I think at some point we are going to discover a whole new natural paradigm. The speed of light limit is just an illusion we are currently stuck in by our current limitations.

I wonder who the Einstein will be that will break this thing wide open and how far off is it?

It's important to note that due to time dilation, photons perceive no passage at time at all. So, really, at very high velocities it wouldn't feel like it was taking you a long time to get from one place to another. A lot can happen in that time frame of course but honestly our concept of time frames is at least partially to blame. Taking 10,000 years to travel (in what feels like almost nothing to us) is negligible on a galactic scale.

It's not really possible to exceed that speed limit in traditional terms as it would violate special relativity. Instead, it's more likely we would find a way around space. Many ideas are suggested for that, mainly ones involving changing the medium or using other tricks to shorten the distance rather than go faster. Personally (I have a degree in physics FYI) I believe the dark matter and energy existing between galaxies will likely provide us a solution, and traveling locally or to the edge of our galaxy won't be a big deal at near-light speeds once we shrug off our mortal frames. Again, even 10,000 years is nothing.

Keep in mind we'll still have the issue of information transfer which likely is a consequence of relativity because, theoretically, information could take the place of matter. Our understanding of black holes and other singularities is insufficient to know whether or not we could utilize them to bypass this limitation. Information theory is strongly linked to singularities for a variety of reasons but that is simplifying the issue.

How far off? A long time. I personally believe we'll be effectively artificial by that point and the problems that plague mankind today will simply no longer exist. One reason I suspect we haven't had alien contact is because any sufficiently evolved species will likely also be artificial and well beyond such concerns, keeping in mind an advanced life-form is much more interested in resource-heavy planets than ones that can support life.

Laws written by man/men with only a partial understanding of how "reality" works. I think we are grade schoolers or even pre schoolers compared to what there is to understand. (in my view anyway)

Also, I really don't agree with this view of artificial life. All of it is based on our current very limited views.

We don't get to determine how other civilizations or forms of life think or operate. Nor do we know what their limitations and capabilities are. Or even what their make up is.
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