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Skepticalone
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3/8/2014 4:49:23 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
Got any scientific flaws from your favorite fiction? I have one that I have pondered on: How does the starship Enterprise receive sensor readings/communications while at warp speed. Warp is considered to be faster than light, and sensor readings are bound to be detecting some sort of electromagnetic waves, so how would they receive any information in the opposite direction of travel?
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3/8/2014 5:13:02 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
Anytime the engines of a spaceship go out and the spaceship stops in space. It takes a force to accelerate (a slowing spaceship would have negative acceleration), and since there is nothing to stop the spaceship (not even air), the spaceship could not conceivably stop in empty space when it was moving before.
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3/9/2014 4:01:48 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
What about the unlikely possibility Capt. Kirk seemed to have no 'logistical' problems with any alien species he attempted to have sex with?!
The moment you declare a set of ideas to be immune from criticism, satire, derision, or contempt, freedom of thought becomes impossible. - Salman Rushdie

The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts. - Bertrand Russell