[Administrator: this first post is the second half of a post started in "String Theory"] PAUL OF EUGENE <BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR> from Helen: And, secondly, Paul, I think you vastly misunderstand Barry's material to have made the statements you made. The laws of physics never changed. If you want to ask about his stuff, maybe we could start a thread on that or bring up the old one? <HR></BLOCKQUOTE> Yes, I think that another thread would be appropriate. And I know there's one already down there - but its so big! Maybe a "current comments" thread or something. You know in the past I've attempted to prove Barry wrong by having Adam drop rocks 16 feet and timing the fall - having angels shine lasers - taking Adam for a ride in a space ship and having him step on a pair of bathroom scales under acceleration - this time, I think we'll ask Adam to sing for us. But let me summarize Barry's theory as I understand it and you set me straight where I go astray, just so we start off on the right foot together here. Barry asserts that the speed of light has been changing since the days of Adam and Eve, having been more than a million times faster while they lived and walked about the earth. Barry asserts that Einsteinian relativity remains valid at all times from creation until now, including the fact that light speed is that one speed which nothing in the universe can exceed, and that gravity and acceleration are identical forces both now and in all earlier millenia following the 7 days of creation. Barry asserts that the equation e equals m c squared remained valid all that time, with the energy within a given number of atoms remaining constant, but that as c was greater, so the mass of a given amount of matter was less, precisely to that degree necessary to have the energy locked within a given number of atoms remain the same. Something like m = e/c^2 where e remains fixed and c varies. Barry asserts that the force of gravity was stronger to the degree necessary to keep orbits in the same shape in spite of the lesser mass of such bodies as sun, moon, earth. In the Newtonian approximation, he simply postulates that G - the gravitational constant in Newton's famous inverse square law of gravitational attraction. - becomes that much greater as the mass reduces, thereby keeping orbits going as they should, human leaps to the same heights, and so forth. Barry also asserts that the changed speed of light necessitates some interesting effects on the Planck constant, radioactive decay rates, and I suppose some other things I don't have on the tips of my typing fingers at the moment. Finally, Barry asserts that this hyperfast speed of light is able to explain why the universe though consisting of objects millions and billions of light years away that we can see is able to be only about 6 thousand years old.. How did I do?