Sunday, 4 December 2016

Theory Challenging Einstein's View on Speed of Light Could Soon Be Tested - Rivero's Comments (

Mike Rivero at cautions us about wrongly applied models, where specific points of evidence supporting the model has not been properly assessed:
Prior to the time of Galileo, the prevailing view, encouraged by the church, was that the Earth was the center of the universe, and the sun, moon, planets, and stars orbited around it. But the motions of the planets did not fit this model. There was no explanation for the observed retrograde motions of the planets. Nobody dared challenge the church's view of a geocentric universe, so a complicated theory called epicycles was created that postulated invisible beams and even gigantic platonic solids that held the planets and caused them to occasionally seem to back up in the sky. Entire academic programs were devoted to the study of epicycles. Institutions of learning awarded degrees in the subject. In the end, they were all wrong. As Galileo proved, Earth is but one planet orbiting the sun. Epicycles, a perfect example of the dangers of confirmation bias, holds the record as the longest running scientific goof in history!

We are seeing a repeat of that same mistake.

Today the consensus view, again supported by the church, is that the entire universe was created in a single moment of divine creation billions of years ago. The Big Bang is based on Edwin Hubble's observation of the red shift, with more distant objects showing a more pronounced amount of the shift. Hubble himself did not offer an explanation for the shift. Despite multiple possible explanations for the red shift such as Raleigh scattering, a Catholic Monk and astronomer, Georges Lema'tre, declared the red shift could only mean the universe was expanding, and winding the clock backward, scientifically "proved" there had been a supreme moment of divine creation.

As was the case in Galileo's time, the actual observations didn't line up with the preferred theory. The observed red shift is quantized; something the expanding universe model cannot account for. The calculated expansion doesn't actually work back to a point origin, which has led to theories about impossible to detect dark matter than is "fudging" the theoretical motions.

Then Einstein threw a major monkey wrench into the debate with the General Theory of Relativity which proved that the Big Bang could never escape its own gravity. But rather than question the church-favored prime assumption, new epicycle-like theories were created. In one, the matter produced by the Big bang had no mass at all, and therefore could neither create nor be affected by gravity, which led to the hunt for the Higgs Boson, called the "God Particle" (betraying its religious imprimatur) .

This latest theory is that the speed of light at the moment of the Big Bang was actually infinite, erasing the troubling implications of General Relativity from the worship of the most-holy divine moment of creation.

But just as we look back at epicycles and chuckle at how foolish those scientists were, future generations will look back on the Big Bang as just another religious doctrine dressed up as science to gull the masses.
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[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, December 4th, 2016.]

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