New thinking in science says,

time and space aren’t what they used to be…or

or what we once thought they were.

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Even Einstein, had more questions…

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You can’t hold time and space in your hands

and measure them absolutely.

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   What’s going on here?

   First, often we’ve mentioned how small particle physics seems to run at odds with “useful” ordinary science, even science that includes Einstein’s thinking. Rarely discussed are the troubling thoughts Einstein had s about some of his conclusions. And we’re not doing that here. Instead, we’re going to show what we think is an interesting example of what Lanza presents: How the size of something depends on just how fast one is going when looking at it. What’s below comes from Robert Lanza’s¹ Biocentrism that we mentioned in our last post.

   According to Lanza, we’ve learned enough to take some important ideas further.²

   “Einstein…has shown that space is not a constant, not absolute, and therefore not inherently substantive. By this we mean that extremely high speed travel makes intervening space essentially shrink to nothingness….This doesn’t by itself totally negate space but merely makes it tentative…..If we crossed a living room 21 feet in length going at 99% of light’s speed [at 186,282.4 mi./sec.] every instrument and perception would show that it was now actually now 3 feet in length….And if we could move at 99.9999999% of lightspeed, which is perfectly allowable by the laws of physics, the living room would now be 1/22,3361th its original size or just a hundredth of an inch across–barely larger than the period at the end of this sentence.”

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   This means if you carried a yardstick, you’d have a tight fit making your first measurement. The floor would really be 3 feet long. Measuring length, and other objects would be similarly affected. In short (our extension of this), as you walk toward an object you actually make the distance to it shorter. BUT…only in ways that are too minuscule as we observe with our measuring devices.  However, our Earth–with us on it–moves so fast as it revolves around the sun that makes a tiny difference in what we record as our “true” distances from stars as our telescopes “approach” or “retreat” from them.

   How far a distance, or large an object , is depends on the direction and speed the measurer is moving.

   Something to ponder as you drift of to sleep tonight.

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    ¹ Robert Lanza, MD, is a controversial genius, first recognized as a teen who altered the genetics of a chicken in his basement, bringing his results to Harvard Medical School researchers. Later, with formal training, he cloned a threatened wild ox from skin cells that were frozen a quarter century earlier. He has done significant research on blindness, particularly macular degeneration, and being the first to clone stem cells from adult humans. He is Chief Scientific Officer of Advanced Cell Technology and Adjunct professor at the Wake Forest School of Medicine. In 2014, Time selected him as one of 100 of the most influential persons in the world.

   ² Coloring ours, as well as expressing some written numbers as numerals to make more readable.