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Posted by Harvey on July 4, 2003 15:50:25 UTC

Well, the whole problem is that the only reason you want to visit a planet 94 light-years away is because you believe our current understanding holds! The same knowledge that tells you there's a planet so far away in space also tells you you can't possibly get there. You can't accept one and deny the other just because it makes you feel warm and fuzzy. Sure, maybe it's possible to travel faster than light (a completely paradoxical concept but, hey, I'm only a primitive species of hominid), only you fail to realize that such a "discovery" means the end of astronomy as primitive species of hominids have conceived it. No more relativity, no more planets 94 light-years away. It's as simple as that.

This is simply not so, Aurino. The science that tell us that a planet is 94 light years away is not the same science that dictates if humanity can travel faster than the speed of light. I think you want to create logical paradoxes where there are none. True, logical paradoxes might be possible if we could travel faster than light, but this is not to say it is impossible.

As far as how scientists think, many think in terms of travelling faster than light, so at least I'm in good company. Don't get fundamentalist on me.

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