Space-Time Fabric – Thinking It Through

I’m wrong! I’m wrong! I know it! Who am I to question the likes of Albert Einstein? But, my itsy bitsy teeny-weenie mind just won’t accept the great man’s idea of Space-Time Fabric. So, as I think this mystery through I’ll describe my many questions in the hope that someone might offer a comment that will explain why I’m wrong (and do it in layman’s terms). If you wish to learn more about Einstein’s Space-Time fabric just click on the link for a two minute video on this subject. https://youtu.be/-m3SddsTSAY

Consistency of the Space-Time Fabric

To make it brief, the sun curves space around it. The planets of our solar system roll along the inside of this curve as they orbit the sun. Here are the problems I have with this theory:

In order for space to ripple, curve, wave, or do anything, it has to have a physical presence in the universe. It has to be made of some kind of material. And in order for space to keep a whole planet in orbit around the sun (to keep it from just flying off to parts unknown) then that fabric of space has to have the solidity of a steel bowl a million miles thick. At the same time, if the space-time fabric were made of steel it would eat away at the planets, grinding away at them until they all look like the dirt ring around a bathtub.

However, if the space-time fabric were as soft as, say, a sponge, then the planets would wear a groove into it. And if the fabric were as thin as cellophane the friction of the speeding planets would burn a hole right through it, like the overheated film inside of an old movie projector.

Movie film melting

But, space isn’t even as thick as cellophane. The space-time fabric has the consistency of…?…nothing. And yet it keeps the planets from flying out of the solar system? How?

But, We’re Moving!

If you use Google Images to search for pictures of this space-time fabric you’ll find that every image depicts a stationary grid under the sun and planets.

What is not taken into account is that the Earth is orbiting the sun at 67,000 miles per hour. The sun, and the entire solar system, is zooming around the Milky Way at 500,000 MPH. And the galaxy is careening through space at a million miles per hour.

An idling speed boat will displace the water it is sitting in. This is because the water has a physical presence that can be manipulated, so at full speed that water doesn’t just curve under the boat; it is cut into a tremendous boiling wake behind the boat. If the sun can cause the space-time fabric to curve under and around it, then that fabric also has a physical presence. With the sun going at full speed, that fabric would become a violent cauldron of chaos behind it. At that speed there is no way that the fabric of space could hold the planets in orbit around the sun.

Hey, where’s the curve?

A contradiction here

LIGO, which is the acronym for The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory, claims it has detected space-traveling gravitational waves on Earth. It shoots a laser that is split into two sections, each leading to a mirror, which in turn reflects the light back. If both reflected lights hit each other at the same time, they cancel each other out. But, if a gravitational wave elongates one of the lights it will be delayed, causing the other light to reach a detector, marking the fact that a gravity wave has just passed through.

My problem with detecting gravity waves on Earth is that, seeing as the Earth creates its own curve in the fabric of space, then a gravity wave would follow that curve and completely miss the planet.

Apparently, all of my suppositions are just plain wrong. It’s frustrating. Annoying! I want to accept Einstein’s idea of the fabric of space. But, at this time I just can’t. :- (

GOD(S) – Thinking It Through

Introduction

There are beliefs that people take for granted as true without ever questioning them. In this series those questions will be asked in order to see if they can hold up to what we perceive them to be. It is not about discovering whether their main concept is true or not, but rather to find out if what we believe about them can stand up under the scrutiny of logic and reason. Let’s find out.

God(s)

Ask a million different people what god’s physical appearance is and you’ll get a million different answers, ranging from fairly similar to different as day and night. This article will deal with the question of what his physical (or non-physical) attributes are.

What does God look like?

Many believe that their god looks like a man, similar to the one in the image above. But, there’s a real problem with that image. Why would a god need a nose, for example? Does he need to breathe? If he needs to breathe, doesn’t it go without saying that he could suffocate and die? The same goes for him having a mouth. If he needs a mouth, it would imply that he also needs a throat and a stomach… So, he either needs to eat or starve to death. Or, he could choke on something and die. This calls into question the idea that god made man in his image and likeness.

A Being Of Light

There is an idea that god is a being made of pure light – energy. It doesn’t take a physicist to know that energy must have a continuous supply from a source, or else it will just burn itself out. Turn off a light switch, and the light goes out. Does this sound like a god to you?

God is Nothing

Another belief if that god is nothing. He is a non-physical being that lives outside of space and time. The problem with this is that his knowledge has to be stored somewhere. Just as information has to be stored on the hard drive of your computer, so too must a god have a storage space, or a physical brain with synapses and neurons. A state of nothing cannot hold information such as thoughts and memories.

Again, this is not about deciding on whether a god exists or not, but logic and reason dictates that he is not any of the things mentioned. We have to try to redefine what a god is.

Heaven – Thinking It Through

Introduction

There are beliefs that people take for granted as true without questioning them. In this series those questions will be asked in order to see if they can hold up to what we perceive them to be. It is not about discovering whether their main concept is true or not, but rather to find out if what we believe about them can stand up under the scrutiny of logic and reason. Let’s find out.

Things to do (or not do) in heaven

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  1. Do People Eat?
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What is paradise without the finest cuisine? I couldn’t imagine going through all of eternity without a good pizza, or a juicy steak, or a nice hot cup of coffee in the morning. If people eat, where does the food come from? Are some people forced to work farms? Do people have to go food shopping? Do they have to pay for the food? Do they have to cook it? Or, does it just magically appear? Some might say that people absorb the energy (ingest the good vibes) straight from god. To be honest, if those good vibes don’t come with a side of mashed potatoes and gravy then I want no part of it.

2. After they eat…

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Okay, they’ve had a good meal. Does the food get digested? Do people have to pee and take a dump? Do they ever get diarrhea, or get constipation? Do people ever cut a raunchy fart in heaven? Are there bathrooms? If yes on the bathrooms, where does the waste go? Is there a massive septic system capable of handling a daily poop and pee from everyone throughout all of eternity?

Another opinion is that people are not made of flesh and bone in heaven. They’re just energy connected to god. What, no bacon and eggs? No Sunday morning on the throne with a good book or a newspaper? And you call that heaven?

What about showering? Do people get dirty in heaven? Do they get oily hair and pimples? Do they need to put on deodorant? Who washes the towels and dirty clothes?

3. What are they wearing?

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Speaking of clothing in heaven, who makes them? How much do they get paid? Do they sell the fabric by the yard? Do they sew them by hand or do they have sewing machines run by electricity in heaven?

4. Is there sadness in heaven (feelings, whoa whoa whoa)?

Pretty much everyone in their lifetime will have heard the question of, If someone makes it into heaven, but their son or daughter is roasting in hell, how can this parent experience the joys of living in paradise? Some believe that people in heaven are stripped of the ability to feel anything except joy. If this were true, then we would no longer be who we were on Earth. We’d be completely different people. So, what’s the point of struggling on Earth, only to be stripped of emotional pain, greed, and ambition in heaven?

It pretty much goes without saying that we need to do some serious work on forming a rational, unified concept of that place we’re supposed to spend an eternity in. If we make it there.