Crisis in Cosmology
[challenges to conventional cosmology
the quest for a new picture of the universe]
A Meta Research Press Release
- Is the universe
really expanding, or is the light from galaxies simply losing energy on
its way to us?
- Did the
universe really begin 14 billion years ago, or has it existed forever?
- Is the
microwave radiation from the sky really the remnant of a “Big Bang”
fireball, or is it just the temperature of space?
- Do exotic
things such as “black holes”, “dark matter” and “dark energy” really
exist, or are they mathematical inventions needed to save a bad theory?
50 astronomers from all over the world specializing in cosmology, the study of
the universe, will gather in Port Angeles, WA from Sept. 8-11 to address
mounting problems with the conventional picture called the “Big Bang” theory.
Movement began with “open letter” in
May 2004, New Scientist magazine published an “open letter” signed by 34
scientists critical not just of the currently accepted Big Bang theory, but of
the unscientific way it was being exclusively funded and supported even when
observations challenged it. That struck a resonant chord with other astronomers
and scientists, and the number of signatures today has risen to over 500. This
“revolt within the ranks” meshed well with an informal 1998 survey of members
of the public having some expressed interest in cosmology, who felt almost
unanimously that present-day cosmology was unlikely to survive in anything like
its present form to the end of this 21st century.
Big Bang wrong, no agreement on
widespread interest in the open letter led to a meeting of some of the critical
scientists in Portugal in 2005. The meeting soon made it clear that the breadth
and depth of evidence against the Big Bang theory was more than anyone had
realized. But while most agreed the Big Bang was fatally flawed, no consensus
emerged about what should replace it. Indeed, there proved to be an embarrassment
of riches in that regard. Many scientists in and out of the field, and even
many laypersons, had their own ideas about cosmology, but few agreed with any
of the others.
New conference has new goals
scientific groups with an interest in cosmology joined together to find a way
to make further progress. They scheduled this new CCC2 conference and set two
new goals for it: publicizing the extent of the Big Bang failures, and setting
criteria for any valid replacement cosmological theory. Both goals involve
close adherence to observational constraints without invoking elaborate
inventions. The Big Bang closely matches most (but not all) observations, but
only with the aid of invisible, undetectable mathematical devices such as
“black holes”, “dark matter, “dark energy”, “inflation”, “acoustic ringing”,
and other inventions. Most papers on new theories were not accepted for this
conference except for those dealing with the four alternative cosmologies that
could already show some credible amount of observational and scientific
Why NASA isn’t supporting this
significant amount of the new observational evidence comes to us via NASA’s
Hubble Space Telescope, although many other ground and space-based
observatories have contributed too. When budgets became tight, NASA “adopted”
certain theories as essentially established, and stopped funding research into
alternatives. These financially favored theories include the Big Bang, “black
holes”, “dark matter”, and “dark energy”. It has taken many dozens of findings
opposing the Big Bang and a revolt by non-NASA-funded scientists to bring the
problems to scientific and public attention. The CCC2 conference will emphasize
the observational facts and our underlying goal of gaining a deeper
understanding of the universe we live in. No funding considerations color those
conclusions for CCC2 participants. Some of those observational facts indicate
that NASA needs to change course. We hope their response will be based on the
merits of the evidence, even though major changes of direction by very large
organizations are notoriously difficult to bring about. But doing so would be very
much to NASA’s credit, and perhaps even of historic importance.
For more information
conference is jointly sponsored by the Alternative Cosmology Group, The
International Academy for Cosmological Studies, The Virtual Institute for
Rational Astrophysics, and Meta Research.
web site: http://www.cosmology.info/2008conference/
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