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Is there any reason the universe has matter not being able to exceed the speed of light, or why there is a speed limit in the first place?

I know why it can't, meaning the basic physics of it. I am just wondering if the reason why the universe is like this is or the benefit of it known.

I know this might be too philosophical, but I am just wondering.

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One aspect that comes to my mind is the concept of causality. Superluminal propagation would allow for a violation of this principle, creating various paradoxical phenomena.

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  • $\begingroup$ This would violate causality only if Lorentz transformationas are correct. With Galileo's transformations, it will not violate causality. $\endgroup$ – Anixx Aug 18 '14 at 14:59
  • $\begingroup$ @Anixx Since the speed of light as an upper limit is a concept from special relativity, which contains Lorentz transformations within its mathematical framework, I do not see how your statement is relevant. $\endgroup$ – Frederic Brünner Aug 18 '14 at 15:02
  • $\begingroup$ speed higher than speed of light violates causality only in special relativity. So it is special relativity that limits speed of light, not causality. If special relativity were wrong, speed of higher than light would not violate causality. $\endgroup$ – Anixx Aug 18 '14 at 15:05

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