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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 11:56 pm (UTC), alan_is_ninja commented:
How about if they decided to meet up at 12:10. She's flying around and notices its time to be back so she gets to wherever at 12:10 by her clock. Would it be 12:10 by the other's clock?
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On July 6th, 2004 12:03 am (UTC), johnphys replied:
You're REALLY going to have to clarify this question to get an answer out of me.

I'll try to clarify it for you.

If they decide to meet up back on earth at 12:10, what happens is this.

Shawn stays put for 10 minutes and waits. Alicia won't show up for some time though.

Alicia travels for 5 minutes (HER time), and then travels back for 5 minutes (HER time).

The KEY thing here is that Alicia CHANGED DIRECTION, so the two points of view are no longer equal. Alicia is now the traveler.

Since for every minute Alicia, experiences, Shawn experiences 10, she only experiences 1, when she gets back, she will have gone through 10 minutes, her clocks read 12:10.

Shawn, however, experienced 10 times that! His clock reads 1:40.

Alicia has just traveled 100 minutes into shawn's future, and it took her 10 mintues to get there.
On July 6th, 2004 12:05 am (UTC), alan_is_ninja replied:
Thats exactly what I was trying to ask/say!
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On July 6th, 2004 12:13 am (UTC), johnphys replied:
Glad I guessed right then!
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