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Has the universe really stopped making sense?

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Are we really “getting something wrong” about it?

It’s possible that the CMB model is just wrong in some way, and that’s leading to some sort of systematic error in how physicists are understanding the universe.

“Everyone would love that. Physicists love to break their models,” Wechsler said. “But this model works pretty well so far, so my prior is that there has to be pretty strong evidence to convince me.”

The study does show that it would be difficult to match the Cepheid measurement from the local universe with all the others by introducing just one new piece of physics, Mack said.

It’s possible, Mack said, that the supernovas-Cepheid calculation is just wrong. Maybe physicists are measuring distances in our local universe wrong, and that’s leading to a miscalculation. It’s hard to imagine what that miscalculation would be, though, she said. Lots of astrophysicists have measured local distances from scratch and have come up with similar results. One possibility the authors raised is just that we live in a weird chunk of the universe where there are fewer galaxies and less gravity, so our neighborhood is expanding faster than the universe as a whole.

The answer to the problem, she said, could be just around the corner. But more likely it’s years or decades away.

Rafi Letzter, “How the Universe Stopped Making Sense” at LiveScience


It doesn’t sound like that big a problem, actually. Let’s save the “universe doesn’t make sense” for existentialist plays. What the universe is doing makes sense, in a physical way.

With, for example, the Big Bang and fine-tuning, it’s not at all that the universe doesn’t make sense but that it isn’t telling people what they want to hear.

See also: The Big Bang: Put simply,the facts are wrong.

and

What becomes of science when the evidence does not matter?

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2 Replies to “Has the universe really stopped making sense?

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    Pearlman says:

    No, it all adds up and cross checks if one understands the science (which is outside the current consensus box in cosmology just as much as in NTD – Darwinism..
    reference volume II of the YeC Moshe Emes series for Torah and science alignment. ‘Distant Starlight and the Age, Formation and Structure of the Universe’ which is based on ‘SPIRAL cosmological redshift hypothesis and model’.

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    tjguy says:

    Speaking of fine-tuning, has anyone ever read “A Fortunate Universe: Life in a Finely Tuned Cosmos” – a recent book by cosmologists from the University of Sydney?

    It was briefly mentioned in this article as a book that makes the case for fine-tuning even more powerfully than many creationists have. https://creation.com/creation-astronomy-henry-richter

    Looks like it is from a secular source. And, of course, in spite of making the case so forcefully for fine-tuning, the author still believes it all happened by chance. But at least he seems much more knowledgeable than most about what it is he actually believes.

    I respect scientists who are open and honest about their personal beliefs and who do not downplay the data to make their beliefs seem reasonable.

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