Exceed the speed of light? No need to jump to conclusions so fast

October 05, 2011

Mac Nachlas' letter extolling the virtues of a still unverified finding by the European Institute for Particle Physics that some objects may exceed the speed of light — while vilifying the supposed failures of the space station and other projects — was a stunning example of ideologically based wrong-think ("Faster than light? Research will benefit America in ways we can't foresee," Sept. 27).

By admitting that only hindsight is 20/20, then saying that pursuing the scientifically unknown should be our main objective, he contradicts his own premise.

In order to ensure that only successful scientific endeavors are undertaken in the future, we would indeed need to employ the very same time machine that he claims could result from the institute's far-from-proven result.

Steve Couzantino, Abingdon

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