I’ve always held to the un-scientific opinion that the speed of light is not a constant, and not a universal “speed limit”. I’m not a physicist, and I’ve no foundation to back up my belief, but I still can’t shake the notion that the speed of light isn’t as absolute as scientists believe it is. I have my reasons. The fact that light can be slowed and/or frozen is an example of things that generate my skepticism. But, in the world of physics, without experimental proof my reasons are nothing short of heretical rhetoric. People have been burned at the stake for such unpopular beliefs.
No burning stake for me yet, but I have been in some heated arguments on the topic. Defending my belief that the speed of light isn’t special has given me an unpleasant taste of what it must be like for a religious person to argue their faith with a non-believer like myself. It’s tough to believe in something that has no factual defense.
Fortunately for me, the speed of light is more observable than god. The jury is still out, but very soon I may get to claim a big fat “I-told-you-so”. An Australian Physicist has found discrepancies which may mean the speed of light really isn’t a constant.
Maybe someone will find proof of god’s existence. But if I’m right about light, maybe I can use the new and improved light theory to escape his wrath.