“Was not their mistake once more bred of the life of slavery that they had been living?—a life which was always looking upon everything, except mankind, animate and inanimate—‘nature,’ as people used to call it—as one thing, and mankind as another, it was natural to people thinking in this way, that they should try to make ‘nature’ their slave, since they thought ‘nature’ was something outside them” — William Morris

Saturday, September 15, 2012

You Still Think Space Isn't an Aesthetic Property of Things? Watch This

HT Toby Bates, Ph.D. student extraordinaire. The slinky doesn't fall until the top transmits information to the bottom. It is as if it were levitating. It's highly mysterious if space is a container that objects fall through. But it's not mysterious at all if space, as we know from Einstein in another way, is an emergent property of things.

It's terribly hard to explain motion unless you think objects are intrinsically displaced from themselves. If you think they fall through something, you end up with Zeno issues. 

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