OT: Speed of light [was Re: Why not a Python compiler?]

Jeff Schwab jeff at schwabcenter.com
Sat Feb 9 22:22:43 CET 2008

Grant Edwards wrote:
> On 2008-02-09, Thomas Dybdahl Ahle <lobais at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Sat, 2008-02-09 at 14:56 +0100, Martin P. Hellwig wrote:
>>>> Propagate, travel, what's the difference?
>>> Unfortunately, I didn't study any of this but I sure do remember the 
>>> answer one drunk physic said to me in a bar when I ask him the question: 
>>> "Does light travel or propagate?"
>>> He answered: "Depends on how you see light."
>>> He must have studied philosophy too :-)
>> Quantum mechanics are closely related to philosophy.
> I've never understood that claim.  You can philosophize about
> anything: biology, math, weather, the stars, the moon, and so
> on.  I don't see how QM is any more related to philosophy than
> any other field in science.

Any science with sufficient room for uncertainty (no pun) will 
immediately be claimed as evidence for every pseudo-theory ever imagined 
over a bowl of bad weed.  "Particles can tunnel anywhere?  Ahh, that 
must be how the telepaths are doing it."

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