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At Forbes: The real reason we haven’t found dark matter

3-D impression of dark matter via Hubble

According to astrophysicist Ethan Siegel:

Personally, I don’t expect these direct detection attempts to be successful; we’re stabbing in the dark hoping we hit something, and there are little-to-no good reasons for dark matter to be in these ranges. But it’s what we could see, so we go for it. If we find it, Nobel Prizes and new physics discoveries for everyone, and if we don’t, we know a little more about where the new physics isn’t. But just as you shouldn’t fall for the hyper-sensationalized claims that dark matter has been directly detected, you shouldn’t fall for the ones that say “there’s no dark matter” because a direct detection experiment failed.

We are after the most fundamental stuff in the Universe, and we’ve only recently begun to understand it. It shouldn’t be a surprise if the search takes a little — or even a lot — longer. In the meantime, the journey for knowledge and understanding of just what it is that holds the Universe together continues.Ethan Siegel, “This Is The Real Reason We Haven’t Directly Detected Dark Matter” at Forbes

So, according to Ethan Siegel, we should go on believing dark matter is true without expecting to see it. That’s similar to the doctrine of the Last Judgment. The similarity does not, of course, invalidate the existence of dark matter; it does, however, eventually, put it in a specific class of beliefs: a doctrine accepted as reasonable based on one’s faith

See also: Discover: Even the best dark matter theories are crumbling

Researcher: The search for dark matter has become a “quagmire of confirmation bias” So many research areas in science today are hitting hard barriers that it is reasonable to think that we are missing something.

Physicists devise test to find out if dark matter really exists

Largest particle detector draws a blank on dark matter

What if dark matter just doesn’t stick to the rules?

A proposed dark matter solution makes gravity an illusion


Proposed dark matter solution: “Gravity is not a fundamental governance of our universe, but a reaction to the makeup of a given environment.”

Ethan makes me smile. The solution to dark matter, as I have been saying for a decade or more, is black comets. This solution is forbidden, however, by modellers who say that it would throw off the absolutely astounding precision of the prediction of 4He, 2H and 6Li from Big Bang Nucleosynthesis models. Only the models are 1-D. They have no magnetic field. They are isotropic. They are homogeneous. And with 4 adjustable dials, they still manage to predict only 3 isotopes and miss the 4th. Not to mention the other unsolved problems--Baryonic Acoustic Modulations, 7Li, horizon, flatness, dark matter cores, dark energy.. you get the drift. But in deference to the modellers, the astronomers can only look for their house keys under the street light down at the corner. And Ethan says, "one day, one day we will find it." And I add, "but today you will lose it, and lose it, and lose it again." Robert Sheldon

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