January 21, 2010

Thought from retreat 01.21.10

Bubbles don't look like bubbles from the inside.

Tobias Stanislas Haller BSG

5 comments:

MarkBrunson said...

Ah!

The great philosopher, Don Ho, once said something similar!

:D

David |Dah • veed| said...

Some bubbles may look like universes from the inside!

Tobias Stanislas Haller said...

Mark, I was thinking more of Leibnitz!

Dahveed -- and worse, they may be entirely invisible to the inhabitant...

PseudoPiskie said...

Given the curved surface, I would think that looking out from inside a bubble would give the viewer a distorted view of the outside world.

Tobias Stanislas Haller said...

PsP., if I'm remembering my optics, that would depend on the thickness of the bubble, and its regularity, and the index of refraction of the material. If uniform in thickness, and relatively thin and with a small refractive capacity, I think it would be analogous to sunglasses, but untinted. The viewer might not even be aware of his or her own bubble. I'll check with Don Ho... ;-)