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Rewriting history textbooks isn't nearly enough for the Religious Right. It appears that the "conservative alternative to Wikipedia, "Conservapedia" has some serious issues with Einstein, too.

The first note in the references section of the Conservapedia entry on "Counter-examples to Relativity" will be of special interest to any physicists out there.

I guess that Colbert's throwaway joke about "reality having a liberal bias" was truer than he knew.

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Theory of Relativity Exposed as a Liberal Plot.

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  • Conservatives would be crying anti-semitism.

    Just sayin'...
  • The theory of relativity is exactly that, and there is a bit of faith involved. I believe even the physicists admit as much. Even in the lab, politics and "religion" is not totally absent. They do tend to push results that validate their preconceptions. It's much easier than starting over with the issue of funding hanging over their heads. D_R, got an opinion on that?

    Another matter we have to consider is that FTL travel must be possible if space travel is to become at all practical. Present day lag and late

    • by PopeRatzo (965947) *

      Even in the lab, politics and "religion" is not totally absent.

      Don't confuse faith and religion. Even in the lab, politics and faith are not totally absent. Unless you believe research chemists should have their beakers blessed before conducting an experiment, I'd say there's no place for religion in the lab.

      Religion confers too many unprovable assumptions into the mix.

      Regarding FTL travel. I'd like to see interstellar travel too, but we don't get there by throwing out theoretical models because they don

      • ...we don't get there by throwing out theoretical models because they don't allow for FTL.

        That's just it. You have to throw out those theories, or at least accept some heavy modifications, if you're going to make the attempt, in the same way a lot of aerodynamic theories had to be changed to travel faster than the speed of sound. You cannot cage yourself like that. Otherwise all progress stops right there. It's a fatal flaw in our whole concept of space and time. A complete show stopper. It really only mean

        • by PopeRatzo (965947) *

          You cannot cage yourself like that. Otherwise all progress stops right there.

          So the Religious Right, by refuting the Theory of Relativity, is going to help us travel to Alpha Centauri?

          To believe that FTL is impossible is no different than believing that man will never fly

          But we didn't have to deny gravity in order to invent the airplane.

          It may well be that FTL travel is possible and Relativity is wrong. But you use it until a theory that better fits the data comes along. And certainly Conservapedia has not

          • ...refuting the Theory of Relativity, is going to help us travel to Alpha Centauri?

            There is the matter of style. They are simply nuts. Just like the people who believed we couldn't fly.. in hindsight. It would be interesting to actually live during those times to understand their rationale. I understand your point. But the way some people lock onto Relativity as infallible is just as loony as believing the same thing about the pope. They are impeding progress in the same fashion in their condemnation of the

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