Originally Posted By: ImagingGeek
What you're referring to is commonly called the twins paradox.

Ah, wikipedia, what a virus laden Hell hole that place is, might as well link me to barnyard porn sites with down loadable "games" and "click here for a free prize" icons.

But I searched the twin paradox and I see it's just the name of what I've seen all these years.

Relativity is not exactly a intuitive thing.

You're telling me, but what I'm striving for here is to understand it intuitively and then splain it in simple terms.


The point you are missing is in relativity, not all observers are created equal. Its explained far better in the twins paradox page I've linked to then I could possibly hope to explain myself. It all has to do with who is under acceleration - acceleration puts you into an "inferior" reference frame.

Ah, derrrrrrrr...

Long story short, for the person on the space ship traveling near C it will seem to take less than a year to travel 1 light-year, while for an outside observer it will appear that the ship takes a year to go one light year.


Right. My problem is me in my ship going balls and "seems".

If the clock in the good USS Blowme says I've been on board for, say, 1/2 a year and I've traveled light year that would seem to me that I've been going at 2c.

Which would to me invalidate the concept of c being the universal speed limit.

I guess what I'm trying to say here is that either there is a problem with relativity or the idea that c is a speed limit. I can't see both holding true.
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