The NASA folks need their money! So it’s time to tap dance out another song of hope and promises for a deeply disoriented and poorly-informed public.
Have a glance at Dr. Krauss’s mini-essay on Dark Matter and let me know if you find anything that you can hold in your hand:
Dark Matter and Other Magic Unicorns.
No, no, it’s really called:
A Dark Matter Breakthrough?
New evidence of the invisible matter that could make up 90% of the universe.
But, well. Read it and let me know if you see the flying ponies.
Here is my comment, left at the WSJ website:
Oh, the pain, the pain.
How much money has been spent to date on Georges Lemaitre’s neo-Christian pseudo-scientific jaunt into astrophysics (otherwise known as “The Big Bang”)? Yes, it was a Belgian Roman Catholic priest who combined the very (very) little known about outer space, with the very, very well traveled tale of creation ex-nihilo (“first there was nothing, then, Poof! Bang! There was Everything”). And gave us: The Big Bang. A hardly subtle slight rejiggering of Genesis.
And we’ve been stuck with that for some 80 years.
And because the ‘theory’ of the exploding cosmic egg has worked so, so, sooo poorly to explain or otherwise divine the spread and morphology of fiery, electrified matter in the universe, “physicists” (in quotes, because it’s all ‘theoretical’) have had to invent, and invent (and invent) means and methods and devices by which matter and objects and all things celestial could possibly BE as they actually ARE.
Let’s make it plain: What is invisible, and cannot be seen, measured, or located, does not exist, in all practical senses. Black holes, dark matter, and a “host of new elementary particles” are a fiction created by a very vain and churlish scientific set, who fear, like the Dickens, a debate on the well-known and well-documented “Crisis in Cosmology.”
An example of clever fiction writing, for your amusement:
“The actual result? Two pulses were detected over the course of almost a year that might have been due to dark matter, CDMS announced on Dec. 17. However, there is a 25% chance that the pulses were actually caused by background radioactivity in and around the detector.”
“Meanwhile, in the completely separate field of elementary particle physics, my colleagues and I had concluded that in order to understand what we see, it is quite likely that a host of new elementary particles may exist at a scale beyond what accelerators at the time could detect. This is one of the reasons there is such excitement about the new Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland. Last month, it finally began to produce collisions, and it might eventually directly produce these new particles. ”
Ah yes, the excitement. The eight billion dollar hole in the ground, which “might” eventually produce “these new particles.”
But, do you hear the record skip? This is the magician at work. “What new particles?” You should be asking. None are in evidence. They are non-existent, except in Mr. Krauss’s esteemed mind, and of course, they are necessary to keep his esteemed bank account, as well as that of NASA, operating in the black. (Not “black hole” black, but “cha-ching” black).
But enough of my terrible attitude, I’m sure you’re saying. What do I know, anyway? I’m just an observer to this galactic mess. But there are those who would love a chance to argue and debate the nature of this very, did I mention, ‘electrified’ (that’s ionized) universe. Folks like Anthony Peratt, and Don Scott, who’ve contributed to the working model and concept of the plasmic universe.
Did you know that using electrified plasma, in a lab, these folks have been able to reproduce all manner of interstellar phenomena? Auroras, magnetospheric bubbles around spheres – even the shape and movement of entire galaxies?
No, you probably haven’t heard it. Because their rightful allotment of funding is disappearing down Lawrence Krauss’s (and NASA’s) research ‘black hole.’
Please discover some testable astronomy by searching the files at these pages: