History and Philosophy of Physics


Paradox and Category Error

Authors: Georgina Woodward

Starting with the premise that; the differences between substantial objects and images are not unimportant, as, though they may bear the same object name they are not equivalent. Consideration of methods of making measurements of distance is then given, followed by examination of the distance measurement methods used in “On the Electrodynamics of moving bodies”. The category error of not differentiating between objects and images is shown and identified within Einstein’s paper. It is postulated that that category error has led to a misunderstanding of the physics of relativity, and is cause of the associated paradoxes. Having clarified the categorical difference between material Object reality and product of information processing, Image reality, the paradoxes of relativity are considered making use of that differentiation. Caution regarding magic related to the “what you see is all there is” bias is given.

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