|Adapted for the Internet from:
Why God Doesn't Exist
|Pastor Al says that
both of you didn't
shake hands at the
Fig. 1 Al’s version of the boxcar ‘gedanken’ experiment.
Fig. 2 Fried relativist, or Al in the hot seat.
|No Bill! We are not shaking
because, unlike you, I am
not in an inertial frame of
|free to put relativity on shaky ground
|The boxcar moves from left to right and two
lightning bolts strike locations A (rear) and B
(front). At the moment the bolts strike, two
observers (passenger P and stationary
observer O) are equidistant from A and B.
According to Einstein, light from the event at B
should arrive to P sooner than from A because
the passenger is traveling in the direction of B.
The observer standing on the platform should
measure both events as happening simulta-
neously. Hence, Al says that simultaneity is a
function of measurement, location, and the
speed of light.
|We redesign Einstein’s gedanken experiment
by removing all observers. Instead, we place
a gullible relativist in an electric chair smack in
the middle of the platform and equidistant from
points A and B. If lightning strikes A and B at
the same time, the bolts electrocute the
relativist. We are done! Otherwise, only one
bolt reaches the chair, toasts his P-brain, and
sears his tongue. Irrespective of the results,
we won’t need his testimony at trial.
Relativity’s simultaneity argument relies on
measurements and malleable definitions,
both of which are subjective. If ever an
experiment invokes testimony, we are
talking either Mathematics or religion, not