Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Limits... Inherent or secret wishes?

Science is good at creating "limits" we cannot overcome.
It has been doing so for thousands of years.

Not so long ago, we did not even believe we can surpass the barrier of... sound (thus "barrier").

But we did.

Now we do not believe we can overcome the speed of light. But there are already many examples where that speed is surpassed. For example we have observed a laser pulse which travels faster (see nature.com/nature/journal/v406/n6793/fu ... 277a0.html) or we know that electricity travels much faster than photons in void. Of course every such example is accompanied by a kind of... "disclaimer" that states something like "OK, we have superluminous speeds but the Theory of Relativity is not violated because this is an exception which cannot transmit information at speeds faster than light" (or something similar to that). But such disclaimers do not change the essence: that "some things" can surpass c. I have found some more examples (e.g.newscientist.com/article/dn2796-speed-o ... b-kit.html) but I guess these would suffice for now.

Another great example of a "limit" we cannot surpass is the Uncertainty Principle in quantum mechanics: We cannot know the speed and the position of a particle at the same time! Can't we? Again some fade indications that this "limit" can be overcome are already starting to show... (see sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/03/13030 ... 154958.htm)

Why don't we learn from our mistakes?

Why not have as "limit" that "there are no limits"?

My opinion is that most people actually WANT limits imposed on them. They are too afraid to go out there and explore. They are too afraid of having real power. Thus they welcome any idea of "inherent limits" which they cannot surpass. They give them the excuse they crave for...

What do you think? What limits do you wish for?