Joined: July 2007
Glad to see that the warrior king thing has been received well.
I understand how the "hour is an hour no matter how fast you're moving" could be considered technically right, but at the same time that's not how he meant it. It was sort of a similar sentiment to the oft uttered "but it's still a dog". I also do get the point that I could have used that to try to flatter him by telling him how right he is about a complex subject, blah blah blah... But I don't really see any benefit in heading in that direction. The most that would have happened was that he'd have heard "you're right" and then would discard all mention of specifics and continue in his firm belief that relativity doesn't happen because it's contrary to his intuition about the world.
The city that this happened in is a suburb of Chicago. It's a fairly easy place to stereotype. It's a city full of rich white people. We're a city of middle management, loads of self important guys and their trophy wives. The roads are choked with SUVs, and the supermarkets are filled with trophy wives (who drove SUVs to get there).
It's not what I would characterize as a fundamentalist haven.
The religious types that we have are more of the religious elitist grouping. The ones who already have all the power and money, and are simply interested in retaining it.
The individual I referred to was not one of those types, though. He was closer to the image of the good American of a bygone era. A mild mannered man with a firm belief in God, someone happy with his place and doing what he feels he's supposed to be doing. Perhaps willfully ignorant, but not blatantly dishonest. I'm sure he was doing and saying what he felt was right. Which is why I really wish I could have pointed out that GPS satellites have to take relativity into account, I'd have liked to confront him with a bit of contrary evidence to see how he reacted. I'm not saying I think he might have accepted it and changed altered his world view take it into account, I just wanted to see how he'd have denied it.
In any case he's not really representative of the city. You won't learn about him by knowing the city, or vice versa.
In retrospect I'm still puzzled over the warrior king thing. Like I said, this guy did not appear to be barking mad. I don't know where he came up with this. I can only guess that he had learned it from some authority figure and, as is the way of the faithful, had never questioned it.
Or perhaps he was just messing with me. It's not behavior I would normally have attributed to him, but... it's just so out there that it makes as much sense as any explanation.