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  1. #1 Idiotic questions...being faster than the speed of light 
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    Contrary to popular belief, this post isnt really about the theory of relativity. No, its a much dumber inquiry:

    1) When Einstein said that if it were possible to travel faster than the speed of light, you could turn arround and see yourself approaching, would you yourself have any color or texture while you're watching yourself?


    2)If you were traveling faster than the speed of light, what would happen when you turned the headlights on?

    Yes, they are incredibly moronic questions, but I was just wondering, ya know?


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    1) Yes. What you see is reflected light. Since you are faster than light, you are leaving the reflections behind you.

    2) From number 1, speed of light sound like it can be added. Thus headlight will still be ahead of you.


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    Quote Originally Posted by tritai
    Contrary to popular belief, this post isnt really about the theory of relativity. No, its a much dumber inquiry:

    1) When Einstein said that if it were possible to travel faster than the speed of light, you could turn arround and see yourself approaching, would you yourself have any color or texture while you're watching yourself?


    2)If you were traveling faster than the speed of light, what would happen when you turned the headlights on?

    Yes, they are incredibly moronic questions, but I was just wondering, ya know?
    So far as we know, and this on extremely solid ground with support from both experiment and an extensive body of theory, it is not possible to travel faster than the speed of light. Hence, it make no sense to discuss what would happen if you could do so. Any statement whatever follows from a false premise in Aristotelian logic, so you can make any statement that you wish based on the assertion of traveling faster than light.
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    Hence, it make no sense to discuss what would happen if you could do so. Any statement whatever follows from a false premise in Aristotelian logic, so you can make any statement that you wish based on the assertion of traveling faster than light.
    So you're basically saying that einstein's theory has no solid basis that we can work with?
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    Quote Originally Posted by tritai
    Hence, it make no sense to discuss what would happen if you could do so. Any statement whatever follows from a false premise in Aristotelian logic, so you can make any statement that you wish based on the assertion of traveling faster than light.
    So you're basically saying that einstein's theory has no solid basis that we can work with?
    No he's saying the opposite of that. Einstein's theory has such a solid basis, that asking what would happen if you could travel faster than light is nonsense.

    Einstein said that you cannot travel faster than the speed of light, so to ask what would happen if you could makes no sense. It's like you're saying 'What does einsteins theory say would happen if einsteins theory doesn't apply?'.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tritai
    Hence, it make no sense to discuss what would happen if you could do so. Any statement whatever follows from a false premise in Aristotelian logic, so you can make any statement that you wish based on the assertion of traveling faster than light.
    So you're basically saying that einstein's theory has no solid basis that we can work with?
    No. I am saying that Einstein's theory has a very solid basis, relativity has been tested many times and has passed all tests. It also says that travel faster than light is impossible so asking questions about what happens if you travel faster than light is useless. Such questions are not allowable within the theories of relativity.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stuart Thomson
    Quote Originally Posted by tritai
    Hence, it make no sense to discuss what would happen if you could do so. Any statement whatever follows from a false premise in Aristotelian logic, so you can make any statement that you wish based on the assertion of traveling faster than light.
    So you're basically saying that einstein's theory has no solid basis that we can work with?
    No he's saying the opposite of that. Einstein's theory has such a solid basis, that asking what would happen if you could travel faster than light is nonsense.

    Einstein said that you cannot travel faster than the speed of light, so to ask what would happen if you could makes no sense. It's like you're saying 'What does einsteins theory say would happen if einsteins theory doesn't apply?'.
    Precisely.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DrRocket
    Quote Originally Posted by tritai
    Contrary to popular belief, this post isnt really about the theory of relativity. No, its a much dumber inquiry:

    1) When Einstein said that if it were possible to travel faster than the speed of light, you could turn arround and see yourself approaching, would you yourself have any color or texture while you're watching yourself?


    2)If you were traveling faster than the speed of light, what would happen when you turned the headlights on?

    Yes, they are incredibly moronic questions, but I was just wondering, ya know?
    So far as we know, and this on extremely solid ground with support from both experiment and an extensive body of theory, it is not possible to travel faster than the speed of light. Hence, it make no sense to discuss what would happen if you could do so. Any statement whatever follows from a false premise in Aristotelian logic, so you can make any statement that you wish based on the assertion of traveling faster than light.
    Excellent news. My firm belief is that if you travel faster than the speed of light you end up entering the kingdom of naked ladies who serve you with all kind of treats, pink marshmallow elephants grow in the garden with tea trays on their backs and you hear led zepplin playing "stairway to heaven" in the back ground; if you look up you will still see yourself travelling in the sky; but if you slow down; all this will dissappear and youll end up seeing normality again. strange effect i know, but its the irrefutable improvable truth !
    The hand of time rested on the half-hour mark, and all along that old front line of the English there came a whistling and a crying. The men of the first wave climbed up the parapets, in tumult, darkness, and the presence of death, and having done with all pleasant things, advanced across No Man's Land to begin the Battle of the Somme. - Poet John Masefield.

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    thank you, DrRocket, CoolEJ, and stuart thomson/////////

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