Spoonfedrelativity.com was intended to take what I had managed to glean from reading about Relativity, and make it clearer. Unfortunately I ran into a problem. There seems to be major confusion and controversy on the subject even among the experts, and I found myself in disagreement with the consensus. I've been forced into a Quixotic role. Watch my videos and join me in my tenacious pursuit attacking windmills.
Thursday, November 5, 2015
Geometric-Point-of-View and Experiential-Point-of-View
I think in the rush to say "No! The earth orbits the sun!" there may be another root question that gets missed, which is whether our point-of-view as people on the planet's surface is valid at all.
If you've ever played a first-person video game, you may have noticed that all of the all of the action seems to center around a first-person point-of-view. Can that first person point-of-view be disproven?
But can my personal point-of-view be disproven? From my own point of view, the stars move around the sky in 23 h 56 minutes. The sun lags behind them, going around the sky every 24 hours, and the moon lags behind even further still, being lapped by the sun every month.
Can you disprove my point-of-view? My point-of-view is as valid as any other point-of-view, so long as it doesn't cause me to draw any invalid conclusions.
If I say, "It appears that the sun and stars are going around the sky once each day" that is a valid statement, but when I conclude "By Newtonian Mechanics, they should be flung outward into space, so Earth's pull must be so great that it is holding them in place." Now I've made a false conclusion. There are many false conclusions that might be intuitively drawn by saying that the earth is at the center of our universe, just as there are many false conclusions that might come from saying "I am the center of the universe."
However, that doesn't change the fact that our own points-of-view, regardless of the false conclusions they may cause us to draw, are the only points-of-view we actually have. So the geocentric perspective is not invalid, but the geocentric conclusion that the sun orbits the earth in 24 hours because of Earth's gravity has certainly been disproven.