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the things i ponder when incredibly sleep deprived:

i had a conversation with shawn (later continuing it with kirtan for a while) this morning that was quite odd.

you know, as you approach the speed of light, time slows down. if you had an analog and a digital clock would the displayed time be effected? and would they be effected in the same way? would one slow down more than the other?

and if you were there, would you percieve the time slowing down, or would it not seem to change?

discuss.

(edit: read comments if you want to watch boys throwing their geek cocks around)

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On July 5th, 2004 11:17 pm (UTC), alan_is_ninja commented:
The way I think of it, the effect wouldn't be noticible..it would be like Time Travel..say you put the clocks in a ship and it comes back showing they were gone for 5 mins but you were waiting on it for a week. Why would it efffect them differently if they're moving at the same speed? Wouldn't it equally effect the parts and materials?
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On July 5th, 2004 11:22 pm (UTC), fuzzdecay replied:
but would it effect the movement of the parts? like, would they start moving in slow motion or would time become divorced from its physical representation?
On July 5th, 2004 11:27 pm (UTC), alan_is_ninja replied:
If I've learned anything from movies it's that when you're traveling at light speed it's the same for you as it is at any other speed but to those observing, you're too fast to see :) Possibly g-forces or whatnot from actually traveling that fast could effect mechanical movement I guess, but if you're constantly traveling at the same speed would there still be those kinds of forces acting against you?
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On July 5th, 2004 11:32 pm (UTC), fuzzdecay replied:
i don't believe the force goes away just because you're feeling it constantly, i just don't see how it could equalize if you're constantly moving forward. maybe you could like, adapt to the feeling of having that force upon you, but then when you stopped traveling it would suck, like when you jump on a trampoline for way too long, and then jump on the ground and it feels like your legs are gonna break because it's so hard.
On July 5th, 2004 11:35 pm (UTC), alan_is_ninja replied:
Like pulling full stop directly out of ludicrous speed.
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On July 5th, 2004 11:39 pm (UTC), johnphys replied:
KEY POINT ALERT!!!!

I just thougth I'd bring this up because of all the talk of g-forces and such.......

You'd only feel that while you were ACCELERATING!!! For those with some exposure to physics, recall F = ma (force = mass times acceleration). You only feel the force if you're changing your velocity (or direction of travel).

Think of when you're in a plane, or on the highway. You don't really feel anything once you get to a speed and stay there.

In fact, if you couldn't look outside, you'd have no idea you were moving at all!

So, once you get to your speed and stay there, even if it's close to the speed of light, there are no "g-forces" and such. You're just has happy and oblivious as a clam.
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On July 5th, 2004 11:41 pm (UTC), fuzzdecay replied:
as a clam?
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On July 5th, 2004 11:42 pm (UTC), johnphys replied:
Yes, clams are happy, aren't they?
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