Fortunately, the Science is Unsettled


The NY Post has a story about the latest findings on the symmetry between matter and antimatter. That research show that there should have been equal amount of both created after the Big Bang and that they should have annihilated each other. Thus, the Universe shouldn’t exist. However, it obstinately persists in existing.

18 thoughts on “Fortunately, the Science is Unsettled

  1. A known unknown.

    Didn’t they think that the first instant of the big bang that expansion happened slightly faster than the speed of light while the laws of the universe were still settling? Going faster than light is also somewhat like going backward in time. I don’t know if that would make matter act like anti-mater, but a slight asymmetry in deceleration while both were destroying each other would then make some amount of sense.

    Though we’re probably just ripples on a black hole that exists in a universe with more space and time like dimensions. That that that precludes anything else in this comment.

  2. If your theory is contradicted by facts, it’s flawed. If it’s contradicted by the very existence of the universe, it’s a joke.

  3. “Aerodynamically, the bumble bee shouldn’t be able to fly, but the bumble bee doesn’t know it so it goes on flying anyway.”

    — Mary Kay Ash

  4. I’m suspicious about dark matter, given that the only evidence of its existence is that our models don’t work unless we stick it in there. If it was only 1 or 2 percent, maybe not a big deal. But when it combined with dark energy is supposed to account for 90% of the universe, alarm bells go off.

    What is more likely: Matter and energy that is impossible for us to measure make up 90% of reality, or our model is flawed and we don’t understand how yet?

    • bunch of 100 billion year old white dwarfs from the previous universe that have already cooled to 2-3 degrees K.

      • onwyrdsdream — the only problem with that is that I believe old white dwarfs would interact with light still, whereas dark matter is presumed to solely have gravitational effects and is “dark” precisely because it does not interact with light. Which is also why you’ll never be able to observe it directly. Which is also why I have my suspicions that secular scientists really have no problem believing in invisibly sky fairies as long as you call them “dark matter” instead of “God.” 😛

        • They’d be mildly interacting and difficult to observe, as they’d be small (earth sized or there abouts) and dark. When you actually could observe them you’d mistake them for objects you expected to be there, as they wouldn’t be any different from a white dwarf normally. Though, technically, I guess what I was referring to would be black dwarfs, as that is what astronomers call the cold ones. I’m not putting any weight in this claim, as I just threw it randomly and it isn’t my field. You can consider the entire speculation sci-fi.

          I’m pretty sure we’ll come up with a physical explanation sooner or later. The universe is fairly balanced and ordered, and I doubt there are a bunch of dangling constants to make the math work left lying around. Would God need to say, I should put a 14 here to make the universe not collapse in on itself? If it was me and there were constants not attached to anything, I’d feel like I wasn’t finished yet. Though I suppose comparing human creativity with the divide is already wrong.

          It wouldn’t surprise me if after a certain distance gravity interacting with matter needed to be expressed as a probability, for instance. Like with distant stars you have to look for quite a while for a photon from it to happen to interact with your detector, even though it’s line of sight, because photons are pretty much particles from a detector’s perspective, and there won’t always be a photon coming from that star along the precise line necessary to hit your detector. Or I’ve read that gravity is far weaker than they think it should be (though the basis is beyond me) and that there might be a second pushing force represented by the cosmological constant that works at larger scales. Thus gravity isn’t really necessarily one force, it could be two that work in different directions that behave differently either in range or “time”. *shrug* For me it’s all just imaginings anyway since astronomy isn’t my field, just a mild interest. If it doesn’t involve programming or automation, I can’t really be considered an expert on anything. 😉 Well, even if it does involve those two, I can’t be considered an expert on much.

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