Ever Heard Of Big Bounce Theories?
There are plenty of reasons for seeking Beyond the Big Bang theories (BBB) and serious scientific work is being done on numerous fronts. It is prevalent in postings to arxiv.com.
Of course if you are being paid to defend the BB from all comers, and deriving your status therefrom, you can always ignore any inconvenient information and say "Move on; nothing to see here".
That's what they were saying just before Relativity and Quantum Mechanics radically changed the fundamental paradigm about 100 years ago.
Science does have a systematic plan for correcting itself when it gets lost in the cosmos. When a theory is confronted with increasing contradictory evidence, new ideas are sought out. But that plan can be subverted consciously or subconsciously by human frailty.
Examples are well documented in Thomas Kuhn's "The Structure of Scientific Revolutions". Then there is the fact that the physics community has been under the unjustified influence of String Theory, Supersymmetry and WIMP conjectures for 4-5 DECADES! Little or nothing to show for all that hype and bullying, but few willing to rock the clown boat.
This problem goes in cycles. In 1900 science was in a similar rut. Then came Relativity and Quantum Mechanics. A hundred years later: "same as it ever was". Hoping for a revolution.
Just posted to the Arxiv preprint forum on 5/10/21 is a paper that looks at the existing Ligo/Virgo data for evidence of a population of Primordial Black Holes generating some of the events.
Here is the preprint: https://arxiv.org/abs/2105.03349
And here is the take-home message: “The evidence for a primordial population is decisively favored compared to the null hypothesis and the inferred fraction of primordial black holes in the current data is estimated at 0.27[+0.28−0.24] (90% credible interval), a figure which is robust against different assumptions on the astrophysical populations.”
Perhaps we are finally closing in on the final chapter of the long-running Dark Matter enigma. The new scientific experiments that could seal the deal are discussed in the paper. Hopefully the gravitational wave observatories will be back online soon, and crucial new telescopes will be launched without major delays.
The long overdue major step in what Feynman called "The Next Great Awakening" (in human understanding of the cosmos) will probably be made by someone like a relatively :) unknown patent inspector who is happy to think independently from the inadequately tested assumptions that tend to impede progress. Theoretical physics has been spinning its wheels for 5 decades (many promises, but little delivered) because its leading prophets are unwilling to seriously question fundamental assumptions. Although they say they need to and will do so, they don't.
If the cosmos is an infinite and eternal discrete fractal hierarchy, then life has always existed and is relatively common.
Scientists believe that some microorganisms can withstand the harsh conditions of interstellar and intergalactic space, and it is believed that colliding planetary objects could result in the transfer of life from one system to another.
There is no need for a hugely improbable non-life to life miracle.
You state: "Occam’s razor cuts a lot of the cruft, because it chooses the theory that can be explained in the simplest way, not the one that tells the best story."
Not quite! Occam's razor advocates the more elegant (simpler) model over the inelegant (more complicated) one. The standard example is the Copernican vs Ptolemaic models of the Solar System. The Ptolemaic model was ugly and required many ad hoc "fixes". The Copernican model was simpler and more elegant.
Also, one does not need to get a PhD in Physics or Biochemistry to learn quite a bit of…
Sagan's book Cosmos and the television show of the same name played a big role in sparking my interest in science, and I suspect that it did the same for many others.
If you do a Medium search on "Carl Sagan's Infinite Fractal Vision:...", you will find a brief discussion (May 14, 2020) of his influence on my thinking about alternative cosmological paradigms.
We need more scientists like Sagan who combined a healthy scientific skepticism with a very open mind and a recognition of the major importance of imagination in scientific progress. The latter was also emphasized by Einstein.
I am currently reading Keith McCormack's book on osteoporosis and bone health:
The Whole-Body Approach to Osteoporosis: How to Improve Bone Strength & Reduce Your Fracture Risk (The New Harbinger Whole-Body Healing Series). Available at Amazon.
It is a longer discussion of the topics in your essay and related matters. Like you he makes this subject matter quite interesting and personal.
Dr. McCormack was an Olympic athlete who was amazed to find himself diagnosed with severe osteoporosis at 41 years of age. He taught himself the biochemistry. and endocrinology of bone health and pretty much cured himself. …
Recent research on gamma-ray events have uncovered rare events that have the spectral signatures of annihilation radiation coming from a small number of stars in the MWG. One implication is that in the “early” universe antimatter stars could be formed in very small numbers, as is the case with electron/positron, hydrogen/anti-hydrogen, etc. in the microcosm. Then the observed gamma-ray radiation would come from interstellar matter accreting onto anti-matter stars in the Galaxy.
Here is a general discussion and link to published research (Phys. Rev. D).: https://www.sciencenews.org/article/antimatter-stars-antistars-milky-way-galaxy-space-astronomy
If these observations hold up it is a totally mind-bending example of self-similarity between the Microcosm and Macrocosm.
Your unfortunate interactions with Dr. Fauci on several recent occasions prompt me to point out to you that the Founders stated, in addition to the idea that “all men are created equal”, that ‘Life, Liberty and the pursuit of happiness” were “unalienable Rights”.
In harassing Dr. Fauci about the science that strongly recommends obvious restrictions on public behavior if we want to end the pandemic that has already killed about 565,000 of our citizens to date, you repeatedly whine that liberty is being infringed by masking, distancing, shut-downs, etc. But what about LIFE!? The previous administration and vocal members of…
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