Big Bang baloney

Falsified theory cracking up

By Mark Luedtke

For 40 years, observations of the universe have falsified the Big Bang theory to the point it reads more like a comic book than real science, but the theory survives like Frankenstein.

Maybe you heard the latest bizarre claim about an empty hole in space. The Telegraph reports, “A supervoid has been discovered in the universe which is too big to fit into current models.”

Here we go again. Another observation has falsified Big Bang theory, but instead of rejecting the theory for a better one, the scientists who make a living feeding off taxpayer money respond by pasting another outlandish claim on top of the Big Bang. Professor Tom Shanks from Durham University, who studied the supervoid, tells The Daily Mail, “Perhaps the most exciting [possibility] is that the Cold Spot was caused by a collision between our universe and another bubble universe. If further, more detailed, analysis … proves this to be the case then the Cold Spot might be taken as the first evidence for the multiverse.”

Better to promote a comic book storyline that keeps the gravy train flowing than follow the scientific method, admit your theory is wrong, and lose that fat paycheck of stolen money.

But the tortured Big Bang theory has come under fire even from establishment physicists. After Big Bang theory was falsified previously, proponents bolted on an ugly addition called Cosmic Inflation. It claims that shortly after the Big Bang, the universe mysteriously expanded at an accelerated rate, then shortly later, equally mysteriously, slowed down to its current rate. What scientists call cosmic microwave background (CMB) radiation supposedly supports this theory.

However, even Scientific American, a prominent organ for establishment physicists, criticized this claim. Princeton University’s Paul Steinhardt and Anna Ijjas and Harvard University’s Abraham Loeb write, “The data suggest cosmologists should reassess this favored paradigm and consider new ideas about how the universe began… Inflationary cosmology, as we currently understand it, cannot be evaluated using the scientific method.”

Needless to say, proponents of Cosmic Inflation rejected the criticism. Their letter was also published in Scientific American.

The two sides are not far apart. Steinhardt and others are proposing a change to, not a rejection of, Big Bang theory. It’s another ad hoc addition to keep Frankenstein animated, but this presages the inevitable rejection of Big Bang theory in the future as more observations falsify it.

At the core of Big Bang theory is one assumption that cannot be proven: redshift equals distance. Astrophysicists assume the greater the redshift of the spectrum of an object, the farther away it is and the faster it is moving away, based on the Doppler effect. Observations of redshift set the age of the universe at 13.7 billion years.

Redshift was first discovered by Edwin Hubble, but even Hubble was skeptical redshift was solely produced by the Doppler effect. According to Electric Universe proponent site The Thunderbolts Project, even Carl Sagan wrote in “Cosmos,” “There is nevertheless a nagging suspicion among some astronomers, that all may not be right with the deduction, from the redshift of galaxies via the Doppler effect, that the universe is expanding. The astronomer Halton Arp has found enigmatic and disturbing cases where a galaxy and a quasar, or a pair of galaxies, that are in apparent physical association have very different redshifts….”

Nobel Prize winner Arp, who was blackballed for his claims, along with Electric Universe proponents theorize redshift is also produced by matter under electrical stress, and objects such as quasars with great redshifts are much closer and smaller than Big Bang theory claims.

This may seem like an argument between eggheads that doesn’t matter to daily life, but it could be the difference between life and death. Cosmology is the queen of the sciences. Much of scientists’ claims about the universe, the solar system, the sun, the planet, global warming, extinctions, biology, and medicine are derived from cosmology. The gravity-centric Big Bang theory dictates changes on Earth are slow. The sun never changes. Mountains rise and fall over millions of years. Evolution happens over millennia.

However, modern observations belie those claims. Quasars, which are supposed to evolve over hundreds of thousands of years, have been observed evolving over hundreds of days. This suggests mountains can be and were raised in days and evolution can and did happen in years during periods of catastrophic change on Earth and in the solar system.

If it happened before, it can happen again. We need real science funded by the market, not pseudo-science funded by theft, so we can prepare.

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