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Speed of light barrier broken

Posted in Physical Science, Science on January 7, 2009 by Mark P. Line

Speed of light barrier broken

  • Well, both the causality principle and the constancy of the speed of light are postulates, nothing more. So there was never any reason to believe that either assertion is necessarily true. Convenient in terms of the structure of theory that builds upon them, but not necessarily true — that’s what a postulate is.
  • So, unless one believes that postulates currently in use have a better chance of being true than other postulates (which I don’t, and I don’t think there’s any way to justify any such belief), it was really only a question of time before both causality and the constant speed of light were shattered by reality.
  • Now there’s no good reason for cosmologists not to lay to rest those silly notions of “undetectable” dark matter and dark energy filling the universe, and accept that photons just don’t always act the way they thought they did. Time to go back to the drawing board, I’m afraid.