posted on Dec, 8 2003 @ 05:38 AM
I think a lot of the changes we perceive are a result of getting older and having a more mature look at the world. Every generation complains about
the terrible state of the world, the corrupt politicians, the disrespectful youth, etc. I'm sure people in the year 999 (or the 60s, for that matter)
felt like the world was about to collapse on their heads.
What I find interesting is the possibility there are changes we can't perceive, because our references are skewed as well.
The French mathematician Jules Poincare had an interesting idea: what if, while you were sleeping, everything in the universe got 10,000 times bigger?
You would have no way of knowing, since everything that could be used for comparison is changed as well - atoms, molecules, all forms of measurement,
No experiment could reveal the change, he argued.
Very interesting and creepy. This was a precursor to Einstein's relativity theory. Instead of length or size, what about time or energy states? Good