FACTPILE IS BACK!!!
CLICK HERE TO SEE FOR YOURSELF
Take a Tour of the Admin's Mancave

Perception and speed

Designated Debating Area! As Well As Expanded Mayhem!

Moderators: Forum Moderators, Authors

Perception and speed

Postby Mea quidem sententia » Wed Apr 25, 2018 12:32 pm

On April 19, 2018, Kyle Hill of Because Science uploaded a video about why you don't want super speed. In it, he brings up the tiger beetle, which is known to become blind as it runs. This is because as it runs, the photons reaching its eyes isn't sufficient, so it has to stop to see where it's going before it continues. Since tiger beetles can travel 0.5387 m/s, this would make it 10 times faster than the best human sprinter. It's important to understand that having perception that makes everything appear slower doesn't necessarily mean someone will run faster, nor does it mean that running faster will include perceiving events at a slower rate. This means that in order to determine if one has both feats, it'll have to be supported by evidence.
Mea quidem sententia
Ready For Action
 
Posts: 1719
Joined: Fri Jun 21, 2013 2:36 pm

Re: Perception and speed

Postby Friendlysociopath » Wed Apr 25, 2018 12:41 pm

Mea quidem sententia wrote:On April 19, 2018, Kyle Hill of Because Science uploaded a video about why you don't want super speed. In it, he brings up the tiger beetle, which is known to become blind as it runs. This is because as it runs, the photons reaching its eyes isn't sufficient, so it has to stop to see where it's going before it continues. Since tiger beetles can travel 0.5387 m/s, this would make it 10 times faster than the best human sprinter. It's important to understand that having perception that makes everything appear slower doesn't necessarily mean someone will run faster, nor does it mean that running faster will include perceiving events at a slower rate. This means that in order to determine if one has both feats, it'll have to be supported by evidence.


The latter is fairly easy to do given that pretty much every speedster in fiction that runs 10x faster than a human doesn't have to do the "stop to see where they're going" bit.
User avatar
Friendlysociopath
Voice of the People
 
Posts: 4772
Joined: Fri Dec 26, 2014 2:24 pm

Re: Perception and speed

Postby Mea quidem sententia » Wed Apr 25, 2018 1:53 pm

Friendlysociopath wrote:The latter is fairly easy to do given that pretty much every speedster in fiction that runs 10x faster than a human doesn't have to do the "stop to see where they're going" bit.


Pretty much. I'm curious how one would determine the exact reaction time from that.
Mea quidem sententia
Ready For Action
 
Posts: 1719
Joined: Fri Jun 21, 2013 2:36 pm

Re: Perception and speed

Postby Friendlysociopath » Wed Apr 25, 2018 3:11 pm

Mea quidem sententia wrote:
Friendlysociopath wrote:The latter is fairly easy to do given that pretty much every speedster in fiction that runs 10x faster than a human doesn't have to do the "stop to see where they're going" bit.


Pretty much. I'm curious how one would determine the exact reaction time from that.


I'm not sure you can without extra data, which is presumably why "reaction speed" has become a commonly used term for reacting to and at x speeds.
User avatar
Friendlysociopath
Voice of the People
 
Posts: 4772
Joined: Fri Dec 26, 2014 2:24 pm


Return to FactPile Arena

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests

cron