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Old 11-09-2017, 10:12 PM   #11
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I imagine that it's easy on an arbitrarily large, flat, even surface which lacks obstacles. Sadly the real world generally fails to conform to these exacting standards.
Not easy as you'd think. At least it isn't with very even but not perfectly level sidewalk for me and those I know.
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Old 11-09-2017, 11:05 PM   #12
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Not easy as you'd think. At least it isn't with very even but not perfectly level sidewalk for me and those I know.
Finding a pitch dark sidewalk is pretty difficult.
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Old 11-10-2017, 01:32 AM   #13
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I have very bad night vision, so you could likely see the ground clearly when I literally cannot see my feet.
But there are some near pitch black stretches between lights here where people I know who have good night vision cannot see clearly enough for complete safety.
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Old 11-10-2017, 10:46 AM   #14
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Eventually you will slam into the wall?
Ah, so it's not the running as such rather the surprising end.
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Old 11-10-2017, 11:26 AM   #15
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But there are some near pitch black stretches between lights here where people I know who have good night vision cannot see clearly enough for complete safety.
On Earth, outdoors, there is always some light, from either starlight, moonlight, or reflected light on overcast days.

At any rate, I run at night quite often (especially during the summer when it is too hot during the day), even though most of my usual route isn't lit, and I don't have much trouble. I still wouldn't run in a pitch black room, though.

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Ah, so it's not the running as such rather the surprising end.
Yes, but that should be obvious.
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Old 11-10-2017, 12:38 PM   #16
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In real life, it also depends on how good a person's balance is. Some people have some difficulty standing up if they can't see.
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Old 11-10-2017, 02:49 PM   #17
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On Earth, outdoors, there is always some light, from either starlight, moonlight, or reflected light on overcast days.

At any rate, I run at night quite often (especially during the summer when it is too hot during the day), even though most of my usual route isn't lit, and I don't have much trouble. I still wouldn't run in a pitch black room, though.


Yes, but that should be obvious.
I'm not a moth. I cannot see in technical light like that. And people I know who have very good night vision have trouble in some small stretches here.

I can and have jogged a couple miles in 105 degrees, but you don't hear me doubting how hot it gets where you live.

I just think it's funny that I do better moving quickly when I can't see the ground than someone with far better night vision when they can't see well. It's like I've developed a hint of said walking blind skill compared to her.
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I'm not a moth. I cannot see in technical light like that. And people I know who have very good night vision have trouble in some small stretches here.

I can and have jogged a couple miles in 105 degrees, but you don't hear me doubting how hot it gets where you live.

I just think it's funny that I do better moving quickly when I can't see the ground than someone with far better night vision when they can't see well. It's like I've developed a hint of said walking blind skill compared to her.
I'm not doubting that it gets dark. I'm just saying that in an actual lightless situation you are guaranteed to run into an obstacle.
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Old 11-11-2017, 05:31 AM   #19
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There's also the point that when walking and running etc we do use visual clues to correct ourselves both in direction and where we're putting our feet.

So even on some theoretically featureless, endless and light-less (but even surface), I suspect that the chances of tripping would be greater than if it wasn't light-less.

It's obviously possible to run in the dark and not trip, it just takes bit more concentration to avoid tripping than normal.


In GURPS terms I'd describe it as a generally high level of skill "putting one foot in front of the other without tripping" and pitch darkness would be negative mod (but one I'd reduce for familiarity).

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