The SEP field is alive and strong

I recently thought to set straight on a forum the nonsense arguments concerning solutions to Zeno's Paradoxes. Quick fillin — Zeno's Paradoxes are a set of paradoxes concerning the (theoretical) impossibility of physical movement. Obviously we routinely experience physical movement in our daily lives. No problem there. The theory however of how things move, is ... shall we say 'problematic'.

Anyway, the reason for the forum post was that after another hub thread started deleting my reasoned responses, I decided to post my own.

What has been interesting is to observe how Douglas Adams' SEP field is alive and strong on this topic.

People act weird, really really weird when in the thrall of this field.

For those unfamiliar, the SEP field is the "Somebody Else's Problem" field that surrounds extraordinarily big, or foreign 'facts' that are 'too hard' for average thinking people to grasp. So they relegate it to "somebody else's problem".

In Douglas Adams' Hitchhikers' Guide to the Galaxy book he explains how some aliens had invented the technology to 'cloak' their space ship by using an SEP Field generator, thus enabling the alien spaceship to land, in this case, in the centre of Lords cricket oval, during a popular Test cricket match (as I recall) without being seen. But once someone in the grandstand yells out the obvious fact of the spaceship, all hell breaks loose because the field has been penetrated, and the spaceship is then seen by everyone.

In the case of Zeno's Paradoxes the field appears to remain intact. Even though it is oh-so-ridiculously-easy1 to penetrate the field (superstition).

I've yelled out "look, it's a spaceship" (metaphorically speaking) but the crowd continues watching the game as if nothing at all has happened. So the field is strong around this one. 2

Strong! Very strong — it all telegraphs we (as in current society) are not that far removed from the silliness that gripped the populace during the Salem witch trials (yes, be afraid. Very afraid).

Nonetheless, it's all fascinating to watch (even if it's akin to watching a train wreck in slow motion).


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