2 thoughts on “Warp drive background

  1. “… things are only impossible until they are not.”

    I’m not sure I agree. Sure that has been true for some things, but it seems to me that there are limits beyond which we cannot go. Think Hinesburg Uncertainty Principle. I think that Rumsfeld almost had it right:

    “As we know, there are known knowns. There are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns. That is to say, we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns — the ones we don’t know we don’t know,”

    I would argue that there are are also unknowns which we cannot know. Sure like the Black Swan, we cannot rule out the possible that for any given unknown we will find a key and unlock a secret. And by the same logic we have to realize that it possible that we can never know for sure one way or another.

    So we need to move into the domain of belief. When I add up everything that we have made huge advancements in, and subtract everything else, I still see a huge gulf between what we think we can do, and what we actually do.

    To me a more interesting question is “how can we get off the earth without riding on a flying bomb or bullet?”

  2. Possible in theory and doable in real life are far far apart.
    We are still stuck at the “lets burn a bunch of chemicals
    just to get into orbit” stage of space travel. Got to solve that
    issue also before we start worrying too much about interstellar
    travel. Seems just about anything is possible if you have enough
    energy to throw at the problem. The real question for using ‘warp’
    bubbles in real life is how to acqure, store and make use of the
    amount of energy required. An amount which is several magnitudes
    more than what we are currently capable of generating and using.

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