Curethan Posted March 31, 2010 Share Posted March 31, 2010 Hello all,I've been following this thread or rather series of threads with growing interest - for about half a year already - and thought, just having re-read Scott's excellent blogcritics interview, this might be a good time to chime in...Now, of course I know all the TJE regulars have read that interview, but a quick search showed that the following statement has not been quoted yet, and I deem it quite significant to the ongoing discussion:How can this essentialism be reconciled with the theory that belief shapes reality? I can't think of an obvious answer...Well, this is going a bit off-topic, but I can't quite leave that uncommented on. Of course the speed of light passing through a medium varies depending on the medium, but the definition of the constant(!) c is the speed of light in vacuum, and the point is that it does not depend on the position of the observer, i.e. is not relative in Einstein's terminology. Actually, this is pretty much the foundation of the theory of special relativity...Thanks for that. I don't think I have read that one, I'll be off to look it up.And yeh, I know 'c' is a constant used as the basis for the mathematical special relativity. This isn't really off topic as it demonstrates the mutability of essential meaning, I guess. Being nit-picky, I've missed the intended meaning of Shryke's example and homed in on the literal. :unsure: Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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