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Clarity about dark matter, or something

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Further to: Is Is Discover Mag’s blasphemy issue re dark matter really about fine tuning? (Proposing a change to our statements of the laws of gravity in order to eliminate fine tuning as a factor in our universe merely advertises how severe the problem is.)

A reader sends in this snippet from The Edge: Priyamvada Natarajan, Professor in Departments of Astronomy and Physics at Yale University, focusing on exotica in the universe—dark matter, dark energy, and black holes.

Now I’ve been teaching at Yale for more than ten years, so I’ve had some fantastic students and colleagues who have helped me in refining and shaping how I think. In particular, one of the things that I am after is clarity.

Reader comments:

Maybe it’s because I haven’t spent ten years at Yale that I think clarity shouldn’t really take all that long. But that’s apparently because I see it as a means and she sees it as an end. Or something.

Is gentle reader just being grumpy? Thoughts?

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