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WALKING ON WATER? any theories how

  1. Dec 6, 2004 #1
    well there are many stories of human beings being able to do things that we would only think are in our favorite comic books but lets focus on walking on water. from jesus to the monk of tibet, there are lots of stories about human beings walking on water, so is there any theory as to how this may be accomplished.

    of course this would have to deal with electrostatic forces and what not, and we know that the body produces an electromagnetic field, so any theories on how these human beings could have possibly walked on water.
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  3. Dec 6, 2004 #2
    Water-walking shoes conspicuous in their absence?

    If it could be done in special circumstances, don't you think some enterprising person would have, by now, developed water-walking shoes to extend the capability to more general circumstances?
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  4. Dec 6, 2004 #3


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    I saw something on this a while back. They tried to apply the methods used by a certain type of lizard that can run across water. They gave a man some large flat pads to put on his feet to increase their surface area, and towed him along the back of a boat to give him the speed he needed. Turns out we are not capable of applying the amount of force nessecary to stay above the surface.

    As for your electrostatic force idea: the force we generate is minimal and couldn't be utilised in that way.
  5. Dec 6, 2004 #4
    I've walked on water several times in my life. Nothing magical about it, it only needs to be pretty cold for a few days. As for walking on liquid water you'd need some big blocks of foam that are long, or maybe something like long thin canoes on each foot. You'd shuffle along to move. Or if you only weighed a few grams surface tension could hold you up. Barring anti-gravity this last one isn't going to happen.
  6. Dec 6, 2004 #5
    Plus, it seems that even if surface tension were high enough, one might easily slip and fall.
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    This looks more like a thread for the debunking forum than biology.
  8. Dec 6, 2004 #7
    Walking on water is for kids - try swimming on land.
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    If you had loads of cornflour....
  10. Dec 6, 2004 #9
    I think you'll find that's the 'walking on cornflour' thread.
  11. Dec 6, 2004 #10
    I stepped in a puddle the other day. Does this count?
  12. Dec 10, 2004 #11

    Rocks just below the surface of the water and invisible to onlookers,

  13. Dec 10, 2004 #12
    At the end of Being There, Peter Sellers apparently walks on water. As far as I remember this was achieved by having a glass table just beneath the surface.
  14. Dec 16, 2004 #13
    I read a book on ninjas a while back, an actual account of their history and the tecniques and equipment they used. Among the equipment were "water walking shoes". Not something you could hide easily but definitely usable for getting across a moat or pond.
  15. Dec 16, 2004 #14
    I think you'll find you want the 'Skiing for Jesus' thread.
  16. Dec 26, 2004 #15
    Its' quite deep and yet simple -- it does not really matter whether exactly factual or not, it is an analogue -- that with Faith all things are possible --- but what you wish involves all of mankind and maybe of of life kind -- so you cannot be so impatient -- it's not just about YOU and your wishes even thou' they are heard , it is about all EVEN THE INANIMATE OBJECTS WHICH YOU DO NOT THINK ABOUT.
    To me the worst 'sin' is arrogance -- thinking we are kings of our domain -- just thru' fear -- I am quite sure that ' Andromeda ' does not experience fear -- tis a Human foible.
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