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if darkness is merely the absence of light; then what is the opposite of light? Answered

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wingcodavid
wingcodavid

8 years ago

Darkness is not the absence of light. It only appears to be so. Darkness is a separate entity altogether.That is why most physicists are unable to quantify Dark Matter and/or Dark Energy or even prove its presence.

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KingShruggy
KingShruggy

Reply 9 months ago

That's a misleading assumption. They call it "Dark" matter/energy etc. because they haven't been able to "see" or "detect" it yet. They use the word "dark" as an indicator of status.

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MichaelB1306
MichaelB1306

2 years ago

“The Octavo filled the room with a dull, sullen light, which wasn't strictly light at all but the opposite of light; darkness isn't the opposite of light, it is simply its absence, and what was radiating from the book was the light that lies on the far side of darkness, the light fantastic.”

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mr_darker
mr_darker

10 years ago

Light is the presence of light Dark is the absence of light absence and presence are opposites, so dark is the opposite of light

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fwjs28
fwjs28

11 years ago

i think captain molo is right....
however, if you look at this from a matter> anti-matter possition,
then it would be as you said, anti light...which in theory would destroy light and possibly itself, therefore (theoritcaly) not existing....

but to be simple, and non confusing i would say as aemcc- Off

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kelseymh
kelseymh

Answer 11 years ago

There's no such thing; photons are self-adjoint.

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StuNutt
StuNutt

Answer 10 years ago

But I thought that light was incedibly high frequency Radio Waves - not Photons??!!

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fwjs28
fwjs28

Answer 11 years ago

hich in theory would destroy light and possibly itself, therefore (theoritcaly) not existing.... so yes i am wrong, but i didn't say i was sure or that it was true.... i was just guessing

so, guessing again, i would say that anti-light or the opposite of light is non-existent (or at least unkown to current science)

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kelseymh
kelseymh

Answer 11 years ago

Being wrong isn't a bad thing. You made a reasonable extrapolation from what you knew; there's just more information you didn't have. It's not that "anti-light" is non-existent. Rather, if you write down the field equations for light, you discover that the antiparticle version (the adjoint of the field) is identical to the field itself. This is basically why processes (like bremsstrahlung) can make one, two, three, or any other number of photons, so long as momentum-energy is conserved. The photon has only E, p, and spin as conserved quantities; all its other quantum numbers are zero.

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paganwonder
paganwonder

11 years ago

As the Zen master says- "There are no opposites only phases of the same state"

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frollard
frollard

11 years ago

Light is a form of electromagnetic radiation - like radiated heat. Cold is the lack of heat Dark is the lack of light Silence is the lack of sound (except in a forest with no observers) Sidenote - Some authors use great metaphors regarding 'throwing darkness' or darkness spreading...etc - personifying it. Regardless of its apparent ability to seem 'alive' - darkness is not a tangible thing.

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kelseymh
kelseymh

11 years ago

Light. Photons are their own antiparticles. If you use a very detailed and specific experimental setup, you can take an input coherent beam and generate a "phase-complement" beam, which would cancel out the input beam via interference, but that's not the same as "anti-light" (which is a nonsensical term).

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Emsaid
Emsaid

11 years ago

First of all, Lemonie stop being racist! (JK) The reason why we see color, is because the object your looking at is soaking up every single color except the color you see, and that color is being reflected back into your eyes. so technically there is no opposite of light.

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lemonie
lemonie

11 years ago

Darkness. It's a black and white issue: light - no light (Anti-photons are either the same thing or they don't exist) L