Friday, June 29, 2012

Light

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So incredibly fundamental.  And we ultimately don’t know what it is.

Einstein revolutionized physics with the realization that the speed of light in a vacuum was the ONLY constant available regardless of your frame of reference.  Very fundamental.

Then, we go over to the quantum mechanics boys and everything really starts to get weird.  Is it made of particles?  Is it composed of waves?  And the brutally confusing answer: yes.

It should give anyone with the ability to reflect upon reality pause.  The fish in the sea is the worst creature to ask about water, since it is all he knows and thus he tunes it out.  And here we are in our sea of light.  Oblivious.

As Yoda would say, “Humbling it is!”

Today’s topic brought to the LBC by Will Knott.

15 comments:

  1. Humbling it is indeed whether in the Physics sense or in the metaphysical sense. Both streams of enquiry have struggled with this and only the latter seems to have accepted that light too is transitory.

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    1. Yes, but I don't really know what it means for a scientist to accept that light is transitory. They wouldn't actually know what to accept as transitory. It almost begs the question for them.

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  2. How interesting and ironic that something so bright should be so gray.

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    1. Indeed, shackman. I like that observation.

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  3. And some people think it all happened by chance. Ha!

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    1. You are so going to get us back into the hot soup, aren't you D? LOL

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    2. More like tepid postum, fossil.

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    3. So, you think we'll survive this, shackman?

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  4. Hmm, transitory sunlight…
    Blessings - Maxi

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    1. As good a description as any, Maxi! :-)

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  5. I'm glad you guys are throwing some light on this topic. I, as my granny used to say, hardly have time to cross myself this week.

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    1. I'm glad to have company when it comes to being busy.

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  6. Interesting take on this. So I've been a fish all this time - though I like the dark too.

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