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Why do we need an ether?

PhilosophicalPerson
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1/15/2014 7:14:01 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
Why do we need an ether? How does it help basic relativity stay in its place? In pther words, without an ether, how does that violate basic relativity, etc?
Fukkum
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1/16/2014 5:15:15 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 1/15/2014 7:14:01 PM, PhilosophicalPerson wrote:
Why do we need an ether? How does it help basic relativity stay in its place? In pther words, without an ether, how does that violate basic relativity, etc?

The Sun radiates light to Earth, however through empty space, which is supposedly impossible, as light travels through what we call a medium. So, there must be ether, even in empty space, which is either mass itself, or just contains mass.
iamanatheistandthisiswhy
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1/16/2014 6:38:26 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
Ether is a chemical compound with a chemical bond C-O-C. The most common known ether is the highly flammable ethyl ether which used to be used as an anesthetic.

Unless you are talking about the medieval concept of ether (aether) which is just a bunch of rubbish.
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1/16/2014 6:39:00 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 1/16/2014 5:15:15 PM, Fukkum wrote:
At 1/15/2014 7:14:01 PM, PhilosophicalPerson wrote:
Why do we need an ether? How does it help basic relativity stay in its place? In pther words, without an ether, how does that violate basic relativity, etc?

The Sun radiates light to Earth, however through empty space, which is supposedly impossible, as light travels through what we call a medium. So, there must be ether, even in empty space, which is either mass itself, or just contains mass.

Surely you jest?