From: Somewhere Texas
We all know that light travels at 186000 miles per second.
We all know that you cannot affect how far light travels.
We also all know that two intersecting light beams will pass through each other, with zero noticeable effect.
We also know that bolts of plasma travel at the speed of light (dont believe me, watch a bolt of lightening.)
And finally, lasers can be deflected with zero damage to the target object with nothing more than a highly reflective surface, aka a fucking mirror.
So, with the recent premier of the latest star wars movie in our local market, and the subsequent eruption of costumed fans (considering the number present, I would say my home town vomited forth every wannabe jedi, spice rogue and very short wookie hiding in the bowels of the town) I took it upon myself, along with a couple of friends who are local radio personalities, to pose some basic physics questions to these individuals.
Here were the questions we posed:
1) Why do blaster bolts, which are plasma energy, move so damn slow in the 'galaxy far, far away?' Does light travel slower there, despite the laws of physics?
2) How is it that the blades of light sabers defy the laws of physics and actually block another blade of light?
Those two questions were plenty enough to cause great debate among the sci fi fans, which included elaborate 'scientific' explanations, which the fourth member of our team would promptly blast into space dust.
The fourth member of our intrepid team was a physics professor from one of the local colleges.
While the movies require a suspension of belief, it obvious that in the realm of science fiction, at least in the movies, it requires more than a suspension of belief.
Take the super weapon portrayed in the last star wars movie, it would have been a one shot wonder, since pulling all of the energy out of the parent star for the system would have eliminated the star, it would not just go out, it would be gone!
And that does not even address the fact that containing that much energy in a planet would pretty much destroy the planet or, in the very least, rendered it lifeless.
It does not matter that the geekdom god Neil deGrasse Tyson has already pretty much debunked the movie science already.
Boy, it sure would be nice if we had some grenades, don't you think?
You cannot control who comes into your life, but you can control which airlock you throw them out of.
Paranoid Paramilitary Gun Loving Conspiracy Theorist AND EQUAL OPPORTUNI