Posted by pork (18.104.22.168) on March 20, 2003 at 14:20:06:
In Reply to: Do not read THIS hint if you want to do it urself posted by Bartholomew (22.214.171.124) on March 20, 2003 at 08:07:29:
> How much does fluttering accomplish if the bird is weightless?
your bird ghost get around? Is it trying vainly to propel itself on the terms of the physical plane when it has crossed over to your imagined spiritual plane? Is it "stuck"?
I considered the weightless/fluttering conflict at first, but it seemed ambiguous, and I'll admit, at the risk of sounding daft, that I wasn't completely sure. Physics is not my strongest suit.
I considered, also, that the closest tangible equivalent to this scenario would be a bird floating motionless in deep space, trapped in a bauble of air. It wouldn't be weightless in the absolute sense, but its weight would be reduced beyond the point of ordinary detectability. Aren't things propelled more easily as their weight decreases? What would happen, theoretically, if the property of weight were actually removed completely? Would the bird even be capable of fluttering? Take my dumb questions in stride, please, and enlighten me.
Can a totally weightless object exist outside the irrational imagination? If the imaginary existence of this weightless object depends on irrationality, who's to say fluttering won't propel it? Our traditional way of imagining ghosts (the concept of which, itself, is immanent in tradition) seems to depend on such irrationality. In the spirit of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, "If you've done one impossible thing, why not make it two?" :-P
Anyway, lacking the necessary savvy to confidently answer such questions, I decided early on to ignore the matter, which evidently led me astray from your vision.
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