From: Albert Baier <albertgbaier.nul> Date: Sun, 16 Dec 2012 13:02:01 -0600 Archived: Mon, 17 Dec 2012 05:57:11 -0500 Subject: Re: Update To Our View Of The Drake Equation >From: Ray Dickenson <r.dickenson.nul> >To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <post.nul> >Date: Mon, 10 Dec 2012 03:07:58 -0000 >Subject: Update To Our View Of The Drake Equation Gentlemen, List: As I have pointed out in a previous post: -"...The speed 'limit' of electromagnetic radiation is ~300,000 km/s, -but this applies to EM radiation only. Nothing precludes FTL -travel for other things, like gravity, or magnetic fields, which are -instantaneous. Since particles can only be accelerated by -electric fields, it follows that they can never exceed the speed -of light. Since only charged particles can be accelerated, their -speed is self-limited by their interaction with the accelerating -field. Hotson explains exactly how this speed limit works for -radiated fields. Matter may not be speed limited, but there -isn't yet a way of testing this. Mass, inertia and gravitation -are interesting aspects of the vacuum BEC; please review. -http://tinyurl.com/7aysjhq..." Since the speed of charged particles is field self limited, and their mass is calculated based on the energy needed to accelerate them, Einstein's equations certainly work for this special case, but there is no rationale for applying them to uncharged particles. Since EM radiation is the fastest thing known to science, how are we then able to accelerate any uncharged particle faster than light? It's a conundrum. The mass increase with speed, and the infinite energy requirements are fictitious, as is 'time dilation'. Now, we all agree on the amount of energy required to accelerate matter to speeds well under c, the speed of light. We all agree that moving bodies have kinetic energy proportional to 'mv' (mass * velocity). A 1 kilometer asteroid can do a lot of damage even if moving at subsonic speed, but a 1 kilogram plastic block can completely destroy a tank, if it's moving at several kilometers per second. This is the problem I have with ultra high speed space travel. A tiny grain of sand can do tremendous damage, if struck at a high enough speed. Similarly, a cloud of hydrogen gas could cause a damaging amount of heating in a spacecraft. That said, I don't discount the possibility of other means of 'travel', but they won't be based on mainstream physics, which, like any religion, is entrenched in a massive politicized bureaucracy. (The US Congress is a fine example of the latter) Now, I am open to the theory of alien beings existing within our environs. I am intrigued by the idea that alien beings could have created self-replicating, sentient beings, sending them across the galaxy to interact with other beings, or perhaps even creating other civilizations. They might even have FTL communication to home base! Perhaps these beings are self- healing, and can exist 'forever'. The 'God Theory' suggests that it's possible that _all_ sentient beings may have been 'created' from _one_ source. In any case, it's fun to speculate. Just don't pontificate. The preponderance of evidence suggests that there are unknown entities at work around here, otherwise most of us wouldn't be on this List. Best Regards, Albert Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast At: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/sdi/program/ These contents above are copyright of the author and UFO UpDates - Toronto. They may not be reproduced without the express permission of both parties and are intended for educational use only.
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