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The real question we should be asking is will any of it ever be practical? For example, look at the standard model of particle physics. Other than the electron and photon, which other particle has seen as much widespread application other than those two? Neutrinos have been around for more than 50 years, and yet we have not seen anything practical using neutrinos? Other than some obscure medical applications, there is no reason at all to believe standard model physics will ever lead to any groundbreaking devices that will revolutionize society and space travel. If we can't even use standard model physics for anything practical in space travel, then should we really expect the knowledge of the physics beyond the standard model, which is practically inaccessible, will truly lead to immense practical benefits?
The Flat Earth Society (also known as the International Flat Earth Society or the International Flat Earth Research Society) is an organization that seeks to further the myth that the Earth is flat instead of an oblate spheroid. The modern organization was founded by Englishman Samuel Shenton in 1956 and was later led by Charles K. Johnson, who based the organization in his home in Lancaster, California. The formal society was inactive after Johnson’s death in 2001 but was resurrected in 2004 by its new president Daniel Shenton
The myth that the Earth was flat was typical of European ancient cosmologies until about the 4th century BC, when the Ancient Greek philosophers proposed the idea that the Earth was a sphere, or at least rounded in shape.Aristotle was one of the first European thinkers to propose a spherical Earth in 330 BC. By the early Middle Ages, it was widespread knowledge throughout Europe that the Earth was a sphere. Modern hypotheses supporting a flat Earth originated with English inventor Samuel Rowbotham (1816–1884). Based on his incorrect interpretation of experiments on the Bedford Level, Rowbotham published a 16-page pamphlet, called "Zetetic Astronomy", which he later expanded into a 430-page book, Earth Not a Globe, expounding his views. According to Rowbotham's system, the earth is a flat disc centred at the North Pole and bounded along its southern edge by a wall of ice (Antarctica), with the sun and moon 3,000 miles (4,800 km) and the "cosmos" 3,100 miles (5,000 km) above earth.He also published a leaflet entitled "The inconsistency of Modern Astronomy and its Opposition to the Scriptures!!" which argued that the "Bible, alongside our senses, supported the idea that the earth was flat and immovable and this essential truth should not be set aside for a system based solely on human conjecture".
The Bizarro World (also known as Htrae) is a fictional planet in the DC comics universe. Introduced in the early 1960s, Htrae is a cube-shaped planet, home to Bizarro and his companions, all of whom were initially Bizarro versions of Superman, Lois Lane and their children. Later, other Bizarros were created to add to the population including Wonderzarro, Bizarro Flash, "the Yellow Lantern", Bizarro-Kltpzyxm and Batzarro, the World's Worst Detective.
It is even possible that there is a cube shaped planet out there beyond us, an alternate universe filled with our evil twins. Prove me wrong by using what limited resources you have at your disposal such as our neighboring planets all being spheres....
Originally posted by ManInAsia
It's an old adage in science that real breakthroughs tend to come from research areas that were originally thought to be of no practical use. Neutrinos are hard to detect, but maybe they are used for interstellar communications as they tend to pass right through matter. Again, more a problem of current technological limitations than anything else.
Originally posted by ManInAsiaAlso, as others and myself have mentioned, you can travel around the galaxy on spaceships using standard model physics, they would just create a lot of energy to reach velocities at a signficant % of LS
Originally posted by ManInAsiaYou could also place probes or replicator type machines in the different parts of the galaxy prior to use and use neutrinos, quantum entanglement or regular EM waves to transmit information between them i.e. if the mountain can't come to Mohammed move Mohammed to the mountain.
Originally posted by ManInAsiaAs I mentioned already, Multiverse theory is not some 'abstraction' that doesn't affect us but if it is true opens up a new revolution in our conception of physics and space.edit on 21-3-2013 by ManInAsia because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by 727Sky
No, FTL speed is not the same as air travel, but, If we ever figure out a sure fire way of decreasing and objects mass through some type of force field to the point of negative mass then 17,000 mph 90 degree turns when just out joy riding would just be a normal thing to do while eating your crew meal.