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### Author Topic: What if light is is standing still?  (Read 2094 times)

#### TheInfinius

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##### What if light is is standing still?
« on: 09/02/2012 19:57:42 »
Is it possible light is standing still? If light is moving in every direction simultaneously then we are not trying to increase our speed but move at the same speed as the universe around us therefore standing still within our moving matrix. We know that the earth/sun/galaxy is moving fast through space. But in relation to what? light?

This means that we can never reach light speed because we can never truly be standing still.

This means that as we approach the speed of light time slows because we only move trough time as we move through space.

This means that time slows around gravity wells because they are moving through space faster because of their mass.

That makes gravity a function of us being stuck to the earth because its moving toward us and we are moving slower through space.

IOW: Direction through space is an illusion?

#### JP

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##### Re: What if light is is standing still?
« Reply #1 on: 10/02/2012 02:35:51 »
No, it can't be possible. Moving things have a direction.  Things standing still have no direction.  Light can't be standing still since it can have (all possible) directions.

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##### Re: What if light is is standing still?
« Reply #2 on: 11/02/2012 10:27:46 »
Light is defined as always having a same speed (in a vacuum), no matter how 'fast' you find yourself to move relative something else, or what mass you're on when measuring.  When it comes to your 'this means ..' I'm not sure I follow your conclusions? But you can create a motion from something being 'still', like mounted lights turning on (and then off) in a predefined sequence, giving you a impression of something moving. I'm guessing that it's around that concept you're wondering?

But if one do, then one still use two descriptions, 'motion' and 'being still'. It would be better, if so, to see relative motion as a emergence from something being 'still' on some other plane :) It's very much a question of what a 'vacuum' really is.

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##### Re: What if light is is standing still?
« Reply #2 on: 11/02/2012 10:27:46 »