Much chortling by the liberal arts types over the claim that relativity must be wrong because Jesus could do instantaneous action at a distance.
Schlafly also points to the Bible as a reason that Einstein\’s theory must be wrong:
9. The action-at-a-distance by Jesus, described in John 4:46-54.Conservapedia defines \”action-at-a-distance\” as \”Action at a distance consists of affecting a distant body instantaneously. At the atom level, this is known as \”non-locality.\” In non-confusing terms, that indicates the ability to cause something to happen instantaneously in another location (i.e., faster than the speed of light). Since Jesus could, reportedly, do this, thus Einstein is wrong.
Tee hee, eh?
Now of course Schlafly is indeed a loon and no, I\’m not about to start using the New Testament as my guide to modern physics either.
However, there is a point to be made here.
Things like quantum entanglement (I\’m not entirely certain that\’s the right name…quantum pairing?) do seem to both allow action at a distance and such instantaneously. No, we don\’t as yet have a theory which both explains and allows this and also explains and allows the various bits and bobs that make up relativity. To some extent we\’ve still got the division into macro and micro that economics has….each bit seems consistent and internally logical but not everything that is such in one set is in the other.
Yes, I know, real physicists will have a field day with my garbling in the above.
But the point is that Schlafly, purely by chance I\’m sure, has managed to light upon one of the very few things which really does point to the fact that relativity, while it may well be correct, is not as yet a complete theory of everything.
We thus have our liberal arts types laughing at him for being correct…..even if he\’s being correct for the usual loonish reasons.
Which leaves the interesting question….do the liberal arts types at TPM actually understand that he is correct here? That instantaneous action at a distance really is a challenge to our current understanding of relativity?
Just to repeat, yes, Schlafly is a loon.