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It's like dealing with the Catholic Church, people who have learned that things are a certain way don't want to give up those beliefs.
Do you imagine I have some sort of religious devotion to Einstein?
Matters of faith I leave to god-botherers, cranks and believers in thunder balls. I am a scientific materialist, and there are no sacred cows or golden calves in science.
I am also a lover of exploration and adventure who chafes at the limitations imposed upon our scope for interstellar exploration and communication by Special Relativity. I would love to see the Universal Speed Limit overturned.
But relativity is a scientific edifice built on a very firm theoretical foundations and supported by mountains of evidence. It is not so lightly dismissed as uneducated people think.
If you have evidence that indubitably falsifies relativity, then present it and make your case. Until then, Einstein's ideas stand; it will take more than a bunch of cranks with sparks flying out of their beards to destroy them.
Originally posted by sirnex
Like I said, (Einstein) may have gotten a few thing's right, but the majority of his work is pure rubbish.
There are quiet a few magical invisible deities in science today. Black holes, dark matter, neutron stars, dimensions, alternate realities, parallel realities, time travel, time. The list goes on. All of these and then some are all invented by the current model to make it fit with observations.
You know who Nikola Tesla is right?
Unless you are a theoretical physicist whose knowledge and training are equivalent to Einstein's, you are incompetent to judge this. It is your opinion, not Einstein's work, that is pure rubbish.
Only an idiot believes only in things that can be seen with the naked eye. Other 'invisible deities' include viruses, genes and the EU cultist's favourite form of energy, electromagnetism (except in the case of a narrow band of frequencies). No doubt you think these, too, are rubbish?
Black holes may not be visible to the naked eye but their gravitational effects are, which is how we know they exist.
Dark matter remains theoretical. You seem unaware of the very important distinction between theoretical and experimental physics. The former derives new postulatess out of the analysis of the physical laws, constants and quantities already known. It is then left to experimental physicists to test and falsify these postulates. Dark matter is presently moving from the realm of the theoretical to that of the experimental, but the transition is not yet complete. We have what looks like good evidence. The point is that the dark matter hypothesis fits the data and has not yet been falsified.
Neutron stars may not exist. They are a theoretical consequence of the stellar evolution model and were first postulated in 1934 but their existence is far from inevitable.
Apart from the last, all your other examples are of theoretical ideas, often competing theoretical ideas. None of them are held to be knowledge; they are all unfalsified and in some cases unfalsifiable and there is enormous disagreement about them within the physics community. It is only to laymen that these things are presented - not by scientists but by journalists - as established facts. And they are always presented incorrectly. Trust me: your understanding of all these things, unless you are a physicist, is wrong.
And as for the last thing on your list: may the wrinkles never form around your eyes and may death always escape you. Fat chance.
A gifted engineer and madman who made some early advances in the modern study of electricity. Something of a cult figure to fools and cranks.
Originally posted by Astyanax
Only an idiot believes only in things that can be seen with the naked eye.