Wednesday, December 30, 2009


A Few Questions

But first, a few facts. We know light bounces. We can use mirrors to bounce light back into out eyes, thus giving us a reflection. We know that things light does not bouce off of does not appear. So for glass objects, we can see through them because light does go through it.

We also know that color is caused by differing wavelenghts of light. Things appear to have color because the object aborbs all light except the color that it appears. The reason plants are green is very simple: chlorophyll absorbs all light except green light. If the plant absorbed all light that hit it, it would be black. If it reflected all the light that hit it, it would either be white or like a mirror.

That all seems well and good. But I have a few questions.

If you have a white room, and a single light source, all the walls appear white. But if you were to place a black object in the room, the walls stay white. Why? Shouldn't all the walls appear darker because of the light that the object absorbs? And for that matter, if the object was brown, why is it that the walls stay white? Shouldn't the light that bounces off the object be brown, and then bounce off the walls (which are white and reflect this brown light) making them appear brown as well?

And for that matter, consider this. Light has a size. We cannot observe some things with a microscope because they are simply too small. When scientists need to observe extremely small things, they use an electron microscope. Beams of electrons are smaller than beams of light, allowing scientists to observe incredibly small particles.

But if light has a size, why can't we touch it? We can see it, and it has a size, so should't it also have weight? Light is affected by gravity. That's why black holes appear black. They attract all light, and don't let it go. So why is it that when I cup my hands, I didn't capture light? If I had a perfect sphere, and created a perfect seal, and the inside of the sphere was mirrored and absorbed absolutely no light, when I instantly slam it shut, or for that matter, put a lightbulb inside of it, should it not remain lit up, even if I turn off the lightbulb?

If light is bouncing off of us every second, why can't we feel it? Sure we can feel it's heat, when we absorb the infrared light with it, but shouldn't we feel it if it is affected by gravity and has a size?

I have all these questions, and even more. Sure, I could go to a quantum physicist, or an electromagnetic engineer and probably answer a few. But these are trivial questions. To some curious people, it would bug the hell out of them. They would search their entire lives for these answers. And some would even become PHD certified doctors to find the answers, constantly running experiments and tests to find the answers. And once the answer was found, what then?

I search out questions. Not answers. I search for questions like these, because understanding life is not about answers. Searching for answers is searching for limits.

Searching for questions is searching for the limitless.

Answers close doors.

Questions open them.

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