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commented on Candorville
over 1 year ago
I’m late to the discussion, but I hope I can clear up a common confusion.
According to Einstein’s relativity theories, the ultimate speed limit for travelling through space is the speed of light. No particle can travel faster than 299792.458 km/sec.
The expansion of space, however, is an entirely different thing, and it can’t even be measured in the same units. A speed is a ratio of distance divided by time, whereas space expansion is a ratio of speed divided by time. The current expansion rate of space in the universe is roughly 70 kilometres per second per million parsecs (a parsec is a distance greater than 30,000,000,000,000 km). This means that any two objects in the universe that are one million parsecs apart are being separated by the expansion of space by a relative speed of 70 km/sec, whereas any two objects that are two million pc apart are being separated at 140 km/sec, three million parsecs apart are being separated at 210 km/sec, etc. Another way of thinking about it is to say that every million parsec length of space everywhere is getting 70 km longer every second. The ratio of 70 km/sec per million parsecs is the same ratio all throughout the universe. It is that ratio— not any specific speed— that is increasing at an accelerating pace, and Einstein’s relativity theories set no restriction on how large that ratio may grow.
@simpsonfan2How about starting with episodes #4 and #5 (i.e. the first two in the order that they were made and released), then after episode #5’s “I am your father” shock ending, do episodes #1, #2, and #3 as a flashback sequence before returning to finish with episode #6?
Well… There was one episode where an important plot element was that Spock’s body, being “borrowed” for use by an advanced energy being, supposedly was killed by a super overdose of some drug. Everyone had to be fully convinced that Spock had received a fatal dose so that the energy being also would believe it and would flee the body.
Many of the other deaths of major characters also turned out to be staged. Others were mistaken impressions, with passing out being mistaken for death, or with death assumed without direct witness, etc. Right now, I can think of only two (Scotty and McCoy) that were genuine deaths “fixed” shortly afterword by amazing bring-people-back-from-the-dead medical interventions via alien machines.
I guess I must have been a serious old serious junkie while growing up that I would remember all of this. #sigh#
commented on Doonesbury
over 1 year ago
May I be the first to say that I find this story arc depressing?
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