The Speed of Light changing through the Space

In summary, this document discusses the theory that light does not actually travel at a constant speed, but is instead affected by the energy around it.
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Right, third time lucky.

Here's something I wrote for a friend of mine after we had a discussion about perception.

I wonder if any of you chaps would care to have a read of it (primarely the theory within the first third of the document) and make free with your comments


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Ok, perhaps it might be easier to get some comments by posting the first part of the document.
Light is often perceived as traveling at a constant speed of ‘c’. The key word here is ‘perceived’. We, as a race, have found many different ways to perceive reality as we know it. Primarily through the visible spectrum we also use radio waves, x-rays, microwaves, telescopes, microscopes and many other visual aides in order to understand the Universe in which we live in.

Most people have selective perception. Culture, media and selective evidence all limit our perception in one form or another. Scientific marvels are ignored because they are now commonplace and any unexplained or rare phenomena are classified as supernatural or a miracle. There are huge benefits on “standing on the giants before us” when it comes to analysing the data we perceive but we risk limiting our vision to what we believe to be true and with a less than objective state of mind which is essential if we want to find a ‘Truth’.

Light is a primary example of this ‘selective perception’. We have been told that light travels at 3*10^8 m/sec and go “wow, that’s fast” and believe it. I can think of at least one example that would meet the requirements of the evidence we have collated so far and, compared with a lot of people, I’m not that smart. The basic principle of Newton’s cradle could produce the illusion that light actually travels; but suppose light doesn’t travel at all? Suppose that what we perceive as light travelling, is actually a reaction between individual atoms at a rate of 3*10^8 m/sec; and that the photons are a result of that reaction? We would still see light ‘travelling’ at the same speed but for an entirely different reason.

If one was to visualise space/time as a three-dimensional matrix of cubes that have the same parameters within a frame of zero energy and accept that mass, or a collection of energy, will distort that matrix it will also be possible to see that the distance between to points in space time will depend almost entirely on the amount of energy between those two points. Hence to calculate a ‘light year’ as a distance light would travel in one solar year, the distance would not only depend on the ‘speed of light’ but the medium through which the light would travel. An area with a high concentration of energy (such as a star) would constrict the virtual cubes into a far smaller shape, at the same time stretching the cubes surrounding that area. The actual distance would remain the same, but the relative distance would shorten or lengthen depending on the density of that energy.

1. How can the speed of light change through space?

The speed of light is a fundamental constant in physics and has been measured to be approximately 299,792,458 meters per second in a vacuum. According to Einstein's theory of relativity, the speed of light is constant and does not change in a vacuum. However, the speed of light can appear to change when it travels through different mediums, such as water or air, due to interactions with the particles in those mediums.

2. Is the speed of light faster or slower in space?

In a vacuum, the speed of light is always constant and does not change. This means that the speed of light in space is the same as it is on Earth or any other place in the universe. However, the perception of the speed of light may be affected by factors such as the curvature of space-time and the presence of massive objects, which can cause light to appear to bend or slow down.

3. Can the speed of light be exceeded in space?

According to our current understanding of physics, the speed of light is the ultimate speed limit in the universe and cannot be exceeded. This is due to the fact that as an object approaches the speed of light, its mass and energy increase infinitely, making it impossible to accelerate any further. However, theories such as wormholes and warp drive propose ways to potentially circumvent this limit.

4. Does the speed of light change over time?

The speed of light is considered a constant in physics and is not believed to change over time. However, there are some theories that suggest the speed of light may have been different in the early universe, during the Big Bang. This is still a topic of debate and research in the scientific community.

5. Can the speed of light be measured in space?

Yes, the speed of light can be measured in space using various methods, such as observing the travel time of light from distant stars or using satellites to measure the speed of light between Earth and other objects in space. However, the speed of light may appear to change depending on the medium it is traveling through and other factors, as mentioned in the previous questions.

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