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'Warp drive' may be more feasible than thought

Postby SydneyPSIder » 20 Sep 2012, 17:24

Maybe faster than light travel is not kimpossible after all. But what do the 'sceptics' say? After all, they know everything, including all the physics that has not been discovered yet.

'Warp drive' may be more feasible than thought, scientists say

http://www.foxnews.com/science/2012/09/17/warp-drive-may-be-more-feasible-than-thought-scientists-say/

Famous (occasionally apocryphal?) quotes by some near miss pseudosceptics:

1943 "I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.", Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM.
1949 "Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons.", Popular Mechanics, forecasting the relentless march of science.
1957 "I have travelled the length and breadth of this country and talked with the best people, and I can assure you that data processing is a fad that won't last out the year." The editor in charge of business books for Prentice Hall.
1968 "But what ... is it good for?" Engineer at the Advanced Computing Systems Division of IBM commenting on the microchip.
1977 "There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home." Ken Olson, president, chairman and founder of Digital Equipment Corp..
1980 "DOS addresses only 1 Megabyte of RAM because we cannot imagine any applications needing more." Microsoft on the development of DOS.
1981 "640k ought to be enough for anybody.", Bill Gates
1992 "Windows NT addresses 2 Gigabytes of RAM which is more than any application will ever need". Microsoft on the development of Windows NT
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Re: 'Warp drive' may be more feasible than thought

Postby Arouet » 20 Sep 2012, 19:32

SydneyPSIder wrote:Maybe faster than light travel is not kimpossible after all. But what do the 'sceptics' say? After all, they know everything, including all the physics that has not been discovered yet.


What are you talking about and what objections do you think 'sceptics' would have to that article? If the physicists and engineers can find a way to bend space-time to go faster than the speed of life then fantastic!

(and what are those quotations supposed to demonstrate?)
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Re: 'Warp drive' may be more feasible than thought

Postby SydneyPSIder » 20 Sep 2012, 23:34

Arouet wrote:
SydneyPSIder wrote:Maybe faster than light travel is not kimpossible after all. But what do the 'sceptics' say? After all, they know everything, including all the physics that has not been discovered yet.


What are you talking about and what objections do you think 'sceptics' would have to that article? If the physicists and engineers can find a way to bend space-time to go faster than the speed of life then fantastic!

(and what are those quotations supposed to demonstrate?)

I dunno, I was getting tired and emotional. Maybe it's possible to already send information faster than light via 'biological radio antenna' certain humans possess, for instance, but sceptics rule this out from the outset...
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Re: 'Warp drive' may be more feasible than thought

Postby Arouet » 20 Sep 2012, 23:55

SydneyPSIder wrote:I dunno, I was getting tired and emotional. Maybe it's possible to already send information faster than light via 'biological radio antenna' certain humans possess, for instance, but sceptics rule this out from the outset...


I hadn't heard of that. Is the physics explanation for that similar to the physics explanation for the potential warp drive described in the article?
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Re: 'Warp drive' may be more feasible than thought

Postby SydneyPSIder » 21 Sep 2012, 00:11

Arouet wrote:
SydneyPSIder wrote:I dunno, I was getting tired and emotional. Maybe it's possible to already send information faster than light via 'biological radio antenna' certain humans possess, for instance, but sceptics rule this out from the outset...


I hadn't heard of that. Is the physics explanation for that similar to the physics explanation for the potential warp drive described in the article?

No, there is currently no good physics explanation for the observed phenomena, as very little meticulous research has been undertaken! A failing which I deeply regret. Research is hampered somewhat by mainstream scepticism, however -- very few unis endorse that kind of thing, it's the career kiss of death to researchers in other fields, etc.

However, the difference is that there are recorded and observable phenomena requiring an explanation, whereas the warp drive idea is just an idea at this stage, with no validation whatsoever -- it's an explanation without any realisation, a little like commercial scale thorium nuclear power stations...
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Re: 'Warp drive' may be more feasible than thought

Postby Arouet » 21 Sep 2012, 00:45

SydneyPSIder wrote:However, the difference is that there are recorded and observable phenomena requiring an explanation,


sure

whereas the warp drive idea is just an idea at this stage, with no validation whatsoever -- it's an explanation without any realisation, a little like commercial scale thorium nuclear power stations...


Not sure what your criticism is. Are you suggesting that scientists not theorize how to do things that we can't currently? Is one 'better" than the other? Can't we just say that its good to investigate identified phenomenon and also theorize on future technology?
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