FTL travel

Douglas Houts (dhouts@sepp.org)
Tue, 10 Sep 1996 15:40:10 -0400

Tim Robbins wrote:

>Okay, I know Max Moore is going to pummel me on this one, but are we
>all sticking to the party line that FTL travel is really impossible? Even

party line ?!!!?
I didn't know that there was an Extropian party line, Comrade Robbins. ;-)

E. Shaun Russell replied:

>I don't think we should rule *anything* out at this point in time.
>I don't like the word 'impossible', I see it as more of an assumption than
>anything convincing. In other words, I'm not ruling out any possiblility of
>Faster-Than-Light travel.

I agree. Though FTL travel is disallowed in Relativity, it is possible that
we might eventually find that Relativity applies only in certain situations;
Relativity could take on a role similar to that of Newtonian mechanics today.

Doug Houts dhouts@sepp.org

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