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      CommentAuthorJon Wake
    • CommentTimeAug 11th 2011
    Another great feature of human time perception: The fastest you can consciously react to an event is about .5 seconds. That is the amount of time it takes for a signal to travel from nerves to frontal cortex, be processed, and more importantly, for you to be aware of that process. Naturally, if we operated on a half second delay we'd be dead. Unconscious human reactions are measured in the hundredths of a second, with surprisingly little variation between people.

    With that in mind, remember that time you caught a baseball or dodged a flying shark. It happened on the unconscious level of reaction, but you remember the event as a series of decisions. What seems to be happening is your conscious memory is being back-dated to the appropriate time frame. In a very real sense you were not in the driver's seat for those hundredths of a second: training and instinct takes over. It's also why martial artists teach that action is better than reaction.

    The kicker is, you're doing this constantly. Every waking moment is lived 1/2 second behind.
    • CommentTimeAug 11th 2011
    With that in mind, remember that time you caught a baseball or dodged a flying shark

    Except Bob, of course.
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    Everyone knows you don't dodge sharks, you parry.

    What was this thread about again?
    • CommentAuthorOddcult
    • CommentTimeSep 22nd 2011


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    I heard about this and tried to figure out how many places they could be wrong in. THEY MUST BE WRONG, RIGHT? OH DEAR SWEET ZOMBIE FEYNMAN!
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    @Ninewhilenine83 - My understanding (based largely on a slashdot thread, so it's gotta be 100% accurate) is that the scientists agree with you that they must be wrong, but after 15,000 runs with the same result, they couldn't figure out how they were, so they opened it up to the rest of the world. Don't worry, as of this second, nothing has been confirmed to travel faster than Bob.
    • CommentTimeSep 24th 2011
    • CommentAuthoricelandbob
    • CommentTimeSep 24th 2011
    only my gullet can travel fast than light (seeing the way the beers went last night...)

    Alas this means i have a hangover. Can somebody do my thinking for me and explain a few of the implications if indeed neutrinos can travel faster than the speed of light. Will this be quantum, computing V2.0?
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    The most brainy, hilarious shark thread ever, and you're all missing the point: The Chinese discovered time travel and now they're trying to keep the rest of us from doing the same without having to go back in time to change it, because once you go back in time you step on a butterfly and suddenly Tokyo is in Australia.
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    Also, Calvin's dad explains the matter succinctly here.

    Among other things: "If things could go faster than light, they wouldn't be able to see where they were going, and we'd have all these particles running into each other blindly, causing huge traffic jams. So a long time ago, all the fundamental particles in the universe got together and had a meeting where they agreed not to go faster than the speed of light, for safety. So now if you try, the other particles jump on you to slow you down, because it's not allowed."