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What's that supposed to mean?

I sure hope that wasn't a "political barb" (based upon the ******** assumption that folks on the right side of the political spectrum are "stoopid"). Not only is that untrue, but it's also a violation of the terms of this site to bring in political stuff. And I'd wager that the readers of this site, like most of the country, are split evenly, so if that was a "barb" it would be an attack on 1/2 of this site's reader base.
Political? NOT! I was just pointing out that, from my nerdy perspective, too many people know all about sports and such but don't pay attention to anything else. Now, if you pay enough attention to stuff going on in the world AND happen to like football, that's a different matter.

As for insulting people "on the right," I'd be insulting myself, too, if I were meaning to be insulting.


Now... back on target...

The discussion of "real warp drive" comes up about once, every year. Usually from the same group of "scientists" (and usually at the time when they're trying get funding for their academic field of study at their respective university departments).

The world is full of scientists... both applied scientists (a category which includes everything from mechanical engineers to biochemists to geologists and a million other "real world application of science" jobs) and "pure research" scientists (usually working through public-funding at universities, though some are funded and maintained by private businesses or directly by governments). And an inordinate number of those who go into this field are huge geeks, and got into it because they wanted to do "really cool stuff." Most can quote episodes of Star Trek by memory. Trust me on that!

Very few things get the imagination going more, for the taxpayer who'll be asked to fund these programs, then telling them we'll be flying around on the Enterprise if only we fund their research team for another year!

The reality is, these "warp drive theories" are interesting, but if you read them in detail, you'll see that there are issues (usually involving the existence of purely-hypothetical materials like "dark matter" and "dark energy" and so forth, or requiring INFINITE (or nearly so) energy supplies... ie, the math may seem to work, but the practical application of the theories are pretty much impossible.

Don't get me wrong... I love seeing this sort of theoretical, mathematical work being done, and don't mind paying for it (as long as it's a reasonable cost). But I've seen this, at the same time, every year, for over a decade now. It's sort of like Christmas at this point... you can look forward to it every year!
Good observations on the rest of the stuff. I agree with everything except that I don't want to pay for any of the research. :wave:
 

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Well... that's sort of like saying "If a circle was square, what would happen?

Gravity, as best we understand it today, is not "directional" in that sense. It's always omnidirectional... a "deformation in space/time" with the deepest deformation at the center-of-mass of whatever mass is creating it. . . .

What we do know is that gravity, as we understand it today, is omnidirectional. If it were to somehow in the future be determined that we can direct gravity in some manner... well, it may be possible but that would be something far beyond our current understanding.

So... the answer to your question, really, is "nobody has a clue." :freak:
Yeah, right but that's where "imagination" kicks in. I'm just thinking that if the sci-fi staple of artificial gravity were every actually developed, then why not have a projector at the front of a ship pointing a tight beam at very high power that would warp space and pull the ship in behind it? Maybe that will be the "warp" power of future space travel.:confused:
 
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