"David R Tribble" <email@example.com> wrote in message news:firstname.lastname@example.org... > > >> "Everyone knows the speed of light" > >> Can anyone tell us the speed of dark? > > > > Ioannis wrote: > > The speed of darkness, is exactly -c, where c is the speed of light. Btw, > > the physicists got it backwards: Stars, and light sources like lamps, are > > not photon-emitters. They are "darkness-absorbers". The sun is absorbing the > > darkness around it at speed -c. Specifically, light sources absorb > > "darkions" which are the dual particles of photons. > > They could be called "scotons", a term a friend of mine invented from > the Greek word some twenty-odd years ago for this very thing.
That's right. I was actually aware of the Greek word, but didn't want to impose it on the english reading audience here. The dual of "phos" (=light) is of course "scotos" (or "skotos") (=darkness), of the same root as, say, "scotopic vision".
I guess the physicists now need to explain what happens when an electron transitions from an orbit of higher energy to a lower energy one. Perhaps a "scoton" collides with an electron and it reduces the electron's energy by Delta(E)=h*nu.
So maybe atoms are the smallest darkness absorbers. -- Ioannis