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    Lorentz Contraction Physical Reality

    See below You spoiled the fun:cry: And I should have said equal AND constant, correct. Thanks.
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    Lorentz Contraction Physical Reality

    Simple thought experiment I read and would like to hear what others think will the result will be: Let two spaceships A and B accelerate along a straight line. Observer C does not accelerate. The accelerations, as judged by C, are constant for both ships. Each ship is equipped with a...
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    Engineering About civil engineering

    Many of the top students from a top CE undergrad program I attend entered the world of construction. If you want to make a lot of money, you'll go into construction, but beware as it's not for the thin skinned. I guess it's similar to phd's in math going to work on wallstreet. Job...
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    Can you determine absolute motion?

    No. Re-read the example. Light reaches Point A and Point B on the train at different times, t1and t2. But if a third train were introduced and it was moving at some constant velocity other than the original train, then light would reach its Point A and Point B at some other times, t3 and t4...
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    Can you determine absolute motion?

    See: http://www.bartleby.com/173/9.html Einstein's scenario decribes certain reasoning behind relativity's view of light, therefore asking 'Is Einstein wrong in his scenario or is relativity's view of light wrong', is akin to asking 'did Barry Bond's hit a home run or did Barry Bond's bat hit...
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    Can you determine absolute motion?

    I believe you are slightly incorrect. Yes, light always travels at c and yes, you can't "add" a speed to it as you've stated. But saying 'light would hit the receptors at the same time' is misleading. Refer to 'Relativitey', Albert Einstein, Chapter 9. In Mr. Einstein's train example, imagine...
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    Science Writers? Are you out there?

    Scientific jouranlists, sorry
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    Science Writers? Are you out there?

    Any science writers frequent this forum? If so, I'd like your advice on a few things.
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    Science Writing Advice

    Are you trying to show that you are smart? Or maybe that you are smarter than me? What exactly is the purpose of your comment? And if you look up 'plethora' in a thesaurus you will find the synonym 'many'. Plug in many for plethora in my post. You are obviously a highly intelligent person so...
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    Science Writing Advice

    Hello, I have a BS in Engineering. I am applying to science writing graduate schools for a plethora of reasons. Are there any science writers on this forum that could offer me advice on the lifestyle they live (is it hard to find work? lots of travel involved? making a name for yourself...
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    Plato was right Timocracy vs. Tyranny / Democracy

    Yes you have read Republic! Good to know. I do not agree with your viewpoint on 'subjectivity' and 'objectivity'. I am a scientist and engineer by profession and when you break an observation down far enough, nothing is truly 'objective'. Now there would be plenty of ways to determine whom...
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    Plato was right Timocracy vs. Tyranny / Democracy

    And what if the heads of the governed have been brainwashed, are ignorant, or just plain unintelligent? Do you want this group making the decisions that determine the way you live your one life? I sure do not. Your Question: How do you ensure benevolence? Answer: Again, read 'Republic'...
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    Plato was right Timocracy vs. Tyranny / Democracy

    Ok that does not help anything. 'Effectiveness in establishing'. That is what we are after. How do you effectively establish everything you mentioned? That is the reason for this thread. Let's stay on point.
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    Plato was right Timocracy vs. Tyranny / Democracy

    Logic. Reason. Argumentation. Hypothesis. Trial and Error. All pillars of any great science or philosophical breakthrough. All parts of Plato's Republic, which started this thread.
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    Plato was right Timocracy vs. Tyranny / Democracy

    You're idea of Timocracy is incorrect. Timocracy does not select the most capable of governing. Timocracy selects the most honorable, courageous, passionate, knowledgeable, and giving of a society and allows them to govern. This is completely different than a business corporation where yes...
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