Saturday, September 26, 2009

The Big Bang Blown to Bits?

A study released in 2008 revealed what appears to be a movement of galaxy clusters toward a point beyond the visible universe. The phenomenon has been dubbed Dark Flow.

Side note: whenever cosmologists come across data that doesn't jive with currently held theory, they simply put the word "dark" in front of it and attribute to it whatever mysterious properties they need to, to make the math work. Hence we have "dark matter", "dark energy" and now "dark flow". These mysterious entities save the scientific community from having to reevaluate their basic premises.

The Dark Flow seems to be converging on some kind of object or force that is over 46 billion light years away. This seems to present a problem for the Big Bang theory of the beginning of everything. If the universe is only 14 billion years old, and nothing in it can surpass the speed of light, how can there be a massive object 46 billion light years away?

Another problem: none of our physics takes into account any input from gigantic objects outside the known universe. If it's acting on one group of galaxy clusters, it's affecting everything in what Douglas Adams called "the general mish mash". And if there's one, there's a good chance there's a lot more. What other forces, objects, energy could be entering and affecting our system that we've been totally unaware of?

Scientists should be excited about this find. When a good scientist sees everything they thought was true thrown into disarray, they see a chance to dispense with a falsehood and acquire truth; a great trade! Yet, I haven't seen any blockbuster headlines about this, just a short story in Popular Science and a few posts on the web.

Hopefully, this will finally break down some mental blocks within the cosmology and physics worlds. The purpose of science is not to defend currently accepted formulas and theories through the use of mental gymnastics. It's to learn the truth. How about setting aside the 11 dimension approach, just for a while, and taking a close, objective look at what's actually going on. Even Einstein said, "If you can't explain it to a 12 year old, you're probably wrong." or words to that effect.

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