Sat, 29 Mar 2003 13:33:25 GMT

A Flat Lens That Breaks The Laws of Nature.

A University of Toronto researcher has developed a flat lens that doesn't respect the “normal” laws of nature and could significantly enhance the resolution of imaged objects. NewsFactor has the story.

The creation of an unusual flat lens may finally resolve a long-running controversy about the existence of materials that have metaphysical qualities — so-called “metamaterials” — that transcend the laws of nature.

[Roland Piquepaille's Technology Trends]

The key to understanding this is to understand what people think are normal actions in nature as opposed to unexpected actions. in truth, our mental vision is what allows us to construct this identification of normal laws, not necessary any relation between that mental state and the world as it exists, though perception mediates of course, so does imagination and 'reason'. reason being the one that tells us that if x, y, z work like so, then w should too.