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Ronald Berman

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Philosophically, where is a frog when it jumps?
« on: 08/06/2010 09:30:03 »
Ronald Berman  asked the Naked Scientists:
   
Dear Naked Scientist,
 
A frog jumps off a rock, ok? He is on the rock before he jumps off. He is in the air after he jumps off. So where is he when he jumps off?
If he is neither on or off, then he is no place and space does not exist and neither does he.

If he is both on and off, then there are two spaces and two frogs, only motion does not exist. If there is no when then there is nothing between on and off or between before and after, which means that the present tense does not exist and so nothing at all exists, myself included.

Help! Help!! Save me!! Please!!!!

Thank you.
Ron Berman
Frogmore, N.S.W. Australia

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« Last Edit: 08/06/2010 09:30:03 by _system »


 

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Philosophically, where is a frog when it jumps?
« Reply #1 on: 08/06/2010 14:24:12 »
You can say he is in frog's la la la limb  Limbo
 

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Philosophically, where is a frog when it jumps?
« Reply #2 on: 09/06/2010 20:33:01 »

A frog jumps off a rock, ok? He is on the rock before he jumps off. He is in the air after he jumps off. So where is he when he jumps off?
If he is neither on or off, then he is no place and space does not exist and neither does he.
It's just a word problem. In physics you usually try to define concept precisely, so the problem doesn't arise. Give a precise definition of the concept "to jump off" and then you have the answer. For example you could define it as the act of contracting muscles, so the frog contracts them up till she is still in phyisical contact with the rock and for a little subsequent time after that.
 

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Philosophically, where is a frog when it jumps?
« Reply #3 on: 09/06/2010 20:55:54 »
If it was a "no parking" rock, he might have been toad.
 

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« Reply #4 on: 09/06/2010 21:21:10 »
I was always toad not to be stoolish, just because I ham
 

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