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Posted by Aurino Souza on April 5, 2002 18:08:02 UTC

If I treat you as if you are in third grade then I apologize.

Nevermind my language, I like phrases with strong effect. I do think you sound patronizing sometimes, that's all.

I won't comment on the SR and GR thing as it's entirely beside the point. You did write something which caught my attention though:

Philosophically, I believe, Einstein was an eternalist. Meaning, that we are simply located in a particular region of spacetime. When we 'move' through space, or when we 'move' through time, we are not actually moving in a second by second basis, rather we are already 'there' in the future. In a sense, the passage of time is an illusion.

I can't believe people fall for that kind of argument. You can't solve a problem by resorting to arguments you don't understand. If everything exists "now", then past, present, and future are meaningless concepts. If I'm a 2 month-old baby, a 15 year-old teenager, a 67 year-old retired engineer, a sperm, a dead corpse, all at the same time, why in the world I'm convinced I'm a 38 year-old man typing a reply to Harv on a computer? Illusion? Sorry, I must have skipped my daily dosage of pot this morning! Oops, forgot, there's no "this morning".

Come on Harv, when did science become more esoteric than religion itself? I thought science was supposed to shine some light on the world, not make it darker, and certainly not make it disappear by turning our most basic certainties into hogwash.

This picture, though, is not consistent with quantum mechanics since the uncertainty principle prohibits some of the features of this static eternal universe.

Voila! Another triumph of reason over nonsense!

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