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Science editor: Dark matter is real! The crisis is the words we use!

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3-D impression of dark matter via Hubble

When we can’t deal with a situation, we sometimes change the words we use to describe it:

I know just said that the name is not important, but I’m going to take that back. The name is quite important, actually, in the sense that saying “dark matter” creates specific and misleading assumptions about what we are looking for. The word “dark” evokes black, meaning something that absorbs light, but that’s not right. What we are seeking is something that does not interact at all with light. Physicist Lisa Randall therefore prefers the term transparent matter.

Even that is still not right, though, because strictly speaking we are not certain that we are looking for matter at all. What we are really seeking is something invisible that generates an anomalous gravitational pull. I’m under no illusions that I am going to displace “dark matter” as the go-to term, but “hidden gravity” is a far superior description…

… The results keep coming: nothing, nothing, more nothing.Corey S. Powell, “Dark Matter is Real. “Dark Matter” is a Terrible Name for It” at Discover Magazine

What if the true state of things is something one is not supposed to discuss? That situation is very common and leads to similar conundrums.

Consider earlier notes on the situation: 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?

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A proposed dark matter solution makes gravity an illusion

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

3 Replies to “Science editor: Dark matter is real! The crisis is the words we use!

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    Pearlman says:

    pseudo science, SCM-LCDM for all intents and purposes falsified by the searched for predicted and required but still missing s apparently non-existent dark energy and matter, no problem when their is a reasonable scientific alt. that happens to be ID and YeC thus outside the faith based (as cumulative, thus faith in the assumption premise..) box of ‘Modern Science’ ie SPIRAL cosmological redshift (CR) hypothesis and model, that has the added scientific strength of predicting, not just reacting to, the prevalent CR of distant starlight and the increase of that CR w/ distance.

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    SmartAZ says:

    Dark matter was invented in 1932 by Ian Oort to fudge his data to agree with his theory. It is now accepted as the basis for about half of everything we think we know about the universe.

    Red shift is observed and people assume it is caused by Doppler effect without considering any other possible cause. It is accepted as the basis for the other half of everything we think we know about the universe, with one added feature: people think they can estimate distance from the same observation.

    This is not science, this is gobbledygook.

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    timothya says:

    SmartAZ:
    “Dark matter was invented in 1932 by Ian Oort to fudge his data to agree with his theory. It is now accepted as the basis for about half of everything we think we know about the universe.

    Red shift is observed and people assume it is caused by Doppler effect without considering any other possible cause. It is accepted as the basis for the other half of everything we think we know about the universe, with one added feature: people think they can estimate distance from the same observation.

    This is not science, this is gobbledygook.”

    You are inadvertantly correct.

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