In the wake of the deflation of the big gravitational waves find (it was cosmic dust), New Scientist advises us, based on an interview with Stanford cosmologist Andrei Linde, that “ Doubts about big bang breakthrough won’t kill inflation”:
Would the detection of gravitational waves from just after the big bang finally prove your theory of cosmic inflation?
If primordial gravitational waves were indeed detected by the BICEP2 telescope, they almost certainly would have been generated just after the big bang. But the media hyped this as the first evidence for inflation. That just isn’t true: there has been a lot of independent support. I don’t like the way gravitational waves are being treated as a smoking gun.
If we found no gravitational waves, it wouldn’t mean inflation is wrong. In many versions of the theory, the amplitude of the gravitational waves is miserably small, so they would not be detectable.
Most likely nothing will kill cosmic inflation theory. Nothing will kill multiverse theory.
And nothing will kill the vampire.
Creatures of the imagination are immortal as long as human minds retain them as ideas.
Evidence is actually a disadvantage because it is constrained, assessable, and imagination is not.
For a brief look at why lack of evidence makes no difference whatever to multiverse theory, see The Science Fictions series at your fingertips (cosmology).
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