Implications of the Speed of “c”, light – sorry god you can’t possibly exist
Posted by pwl on March 5, 2009
The speed of c, also known as the speed of light, has some very interesting implications.
Einstein’s theories prove that information can’t be transmitted faster than the speed of “c” which I suspect no one will deny. Over a 100 years of attempts so far have backed this up.
“Einstein’s theory of relativity together with the principle of causality requires that no matter or information can travel with a speed larger than c. Speeds faster than that of light in a vacuum are encountered in physics but, in all such cases, no matter or information is transmitted faster than c.”
Read what I write very carefully.
It’s easy to see that if information from the next nearest star system (Alpha Centauri) which is ~4.2421 light years distant (give or take depending on which source you get the measurement from and on the error amount of plus or minus 0.16 light years) and thus takes ~4.2421 light years to travel from Sol to there and another ~4.2421 years to get back. So if the mythical god was hanging out on that star for a vacation from the annoying prayers on Earth it would take ~8.4842 years for any prayers on Earth to be heard and responded to assuming no delays in gods thought processes upon receipt of the prayer by the magical telepathy. Maybe that’s nothing in god years but that’s a very long time in human years, for most humans a good chunk of their life!
Now the universe is a very big place if you hadn’t noticed. Very big.
The speed of “c”, light, is all that is needed to demonstrate that no god can be omniscient, nor omnipotent, nor omnipresent since it would take next to forever for god to communicate with parts of itself spread out all over the place across millions and millions of locations and light years.
This doesn’t even mention the “future horizon” problem where parts of the universe are cut off from each other casually therefore making it impossible for even god to see into them or affect them in any manner whatsoever.
Nor does it mention the required cpu and processing power any god would need to watch all these places at once even with the multi-million and multi-billion light year delays.
Nor does it mention that god would only see the past and never know the present at all places at once. The standard model of physics and quantum physics rip the notion of gods to shreds.
The laws of Nature are a harsh mistress for any gods.
This proof depends upon Einstein’s work and was inspired by Victor J Stenger‘s work. I’ve not heard nor seen this analysis anywhere else. I’ve been making these observations public for a few years now online.
Some people’s reactions are quite quaint when they hear this for the first time. Calm your reactive mind and let your rational and thoughtful mind have time to contemplate the consequences and implications of the above for a while, then raise rational criticisms.
I was inspired by Stenger. For the record I don’t claim that Einstein wrote the proof of what I wrote here in this post and the other posts, I simply state that fact that Einstein’s work proves what I’m saying, his work backs up what I’m saying as does the work of many physicists such as Feynman. The list is quite huge actually.
I do assert that these ideas (no matter how simple they really are) were originated by me as far as I know – I never heard them anywhere. They are obvious to me given the well known and well tested laws of the universe that I’ve been exposed to since I was a young child. When I was in my early teen and pre-teen years (10 to 15) I’d sneak off to the local planetarium almost every day for their show. After a while they simply let me in since I’d seen and paid for the show so many times.
(Recently posted here in a blog comment debate with Richard McCargar, although I’ve been posting this analysis in various forms for many years now).