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Deadmeat553495 karma

I'd like to clarify for any laymen here: When they say "faster than light", they mean faster than the speed at which light travels in that particular medium, not faster than the speed of light in vacuum. It's a very important distinction to make. Given our current understanding of physical laws, nothing can exceed the speed of light in vacuum.

Edit: The original post has been edited to clarify that they meant "in ice".

Deadmeat553215 karma

I get their point, but the point of learning math isn't so you can do it yourself, but so that you can understand the underlying concepts for higher level math that either cannot currently be done automatically or that you will not know what needs to be done without the prior knowledge.

Deadmeat553206 karma

I'm curious about how you would respond to complaints raised that the Doomsday clock exaggerates the severity of global issues while oversimplifying issues and also neglecting to differentiate the immediate threat of nuclear warfare from more longterm threats like climate change - while both are extremely dangerous, one could decimate humanity in an hour while the other could do so across a few decades.

To be clear, I'm not making these accusations myself, but I am curious as to how you would respond.

So, what are your thoughts?

Deadmeat553200 karma

Don't. Seriously, you'll just be fucking yourself over. Either you won't get caught and you'll graduate having learned nothing about whatever it is you chose to pursue (if you're okay with that, then you should choose a different major), or you'll get caught and expelled, and it will be very difficult for you to get into a different school.

Deadmeat553166 karma

Man, you're an excellent string theorist, which lends a lot of credibility to the things you say, so I really wish you would be more careful about what you say when speaking outside of your specific field.

We can't necessarily rule out that ring singularities may be able to act as some sort of gateway, but there really is zero reason to believe that that's the case. There's a lot of things that we can't necessarily rule out about black holes but we don't even consider as realistic possibilities because they just don't make sense. For all we know, black holes have fancy tea parties going on inside of them.

All I'm asking is that you say something along the lines of "we can't rule this out", or "current theory doesn't necessarily rule out the possibility that..."

Laymen are so easily convinced by authority figures, and it concerns me that many people may get a false idea of how reality works by believing these "can't be ruled out" notions.