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Thoughts travelling faster than c

  1. Jul 25, 2011 #1
    I was watching a program, Through the Wormhole.
    They were saying thoughts can travel faster than c, I thought information couldn't even travel faster than c. I don't know how this could be true?
     
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  3. Jul 25, 2011 #2

    Pengwuino

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    Oh my god, they did?

    What kind of garbage is that show putting out there.

    That's so wrong and stupid that I want to kill whoever is in charge of producing that show.
     
  4. Jul 25, 2011 #3

    BruceW

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    baha, calm down
     
  5. Jul 25, 2011 #4

    sophiecentaur

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    I saw that programme last year - although it was only transmitted the other day. A wormhole, perhaps, or I could just be lying.
     
  6. Jul 25, 2011 #5
    I'd be curious how you go about measuring the speed of thoughts...
     
  7. Jul 25, 2011 #6

    sophiecentaur

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    I know that rumours can travel faster than the official version of most stories.
    This is a silly topic, you know.
     
  8. Jul 25, 2011 #7

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    I guess the speed a signal is sent through a neuron, along with how many neuron communications it takes to make a 'thought' would give the speed of a thought.
     
  9. Jul 25, 2011 #8

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  10. Jul 25, 2011 #9

    phinds

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    I ranted on this show in another post recently. They're just flat full of crap a lot of the time.

    Too bad because it can be an entertaining show and has good production values except for the fact that their science adviser seems to be a high school dropout.
     
  11. Jul 25, 2011 #10
    It depends on how you see it. They were probably talking about the fact that you can go and visit Andromeda galaxy with your mind (of course you just imagine being there) in a flash as oposed to the time taken by the light to get there.
    Of course it's more poetry than science but for lots of people this is food for thought.
     
  12. Jul 25, 2011 #11

    Ryan_m_b

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    You cannot "visit" anything. The fact that it's artistic doesn't stop it being totally wrong.
     
  13. Jul 25, 2011 #12

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    First you would have to solve the hard problem of conscientiousness and find out how thoughts are generated. Comparing the speed of action potentials to thought's is like trying to figure out the speed of a nation by measuring average walking speed.
     
  14. Jul 25, 2011 #13

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    No, based on what I've seen on the program and the GROSS factual misstatements they make, I'd say they probably meant it literally.
     
  15. Jul 25, 2011 #14

    BruceW

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    I'll be sure to steer well clear of this program if I ever come across it.
     
  16. Jul 25, 2011 #15

    sophiecentaur

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    You could miss out on some interesting stuff if you always avoid anything a bit whacky. If you are 'secure' in what you know then it cannot harm you.
    Is there no worth in fantasy fiction, for instance?
     
  17. Jul 25, 2011 #16

    Ryan_m_b

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    The biggest danger is what programs like this do for my blood pressure.
     
  18. Jul 25, 2011 #17

    BruceW

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    Ha, yeah that's true. Maybe this "through the wormhole" could be useful in providing a few laughs about how terribly they can get it wrong.
     
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