We’ve got a weekend coming up and there isn’t any creationist action out there. No litigation, no legislation, no school board craziness — we can’t even find any entertaining letters-to-the-editor, or wacky self-published books to blog about. There’s nothing at all out there except the usual babbling at creationist websites — and even that hasn’t been very entertaining lately.
Okay — here’s something you might want to talk about. It’s a thought we had this morning and it stayed with us all day. In the Star Trek shows, everyone knows they often travel at “warp speed,” which means faster than light. That’s how they’re able to zip around the galaxy and visit all those interesting planets — and Kirk has a pretty girl on every one of them.
But here’s my problem: Why don’t they experience time dilation? If they’re traveling at multiples of lightspeed, why is it always standard time at Star Fleet headquarters when they communicate? Why — as they dash around the galaxy, aren’t centuries passing for the folks back home? We like Captain Kirk and all the pretty ladies he meets during his adventures — but still, how can they ignore the relativistic effects of their velocity?
That doesn’t interest you? No problem. We’re declaring another Intellectual Free-Fire Zone. As with all our free-fire zones, we’re open for the discussion of pretty much anything — science, politics, economics, whatever — as long as it’s tasteful and interesting. Banter, babble, bicker, bluster, blubber, blather, blab, blurt, burble, boast — say what you will. But avoid flame-wars and beware of the profanity filters.
Okay, we now throw open the comments to you, dear reader. Have at it.
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