# Gravitational wave theory faces scrutiny

Gravitational wave theory faces scrutiny here, at Nature:

Cosmologist casts doubts on BICEP2’s analysis of cosmic microwaves, but the team stands by its conclusions.

## 5 Replies to “Gravitational wave theory faces scrutiny”

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bornagain77 says:

OT: Shroud Of Turin: Art or Artifact? – Russ Bereault – video

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Mapou says:

This is the beginning of the end of the Einstein era in physics. One hundred years of chasing wild geese and red herrings.

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VunderGuy says:

@Mapou

Mapou, can you please demonstrate to me why you think gravity moves instantaneously rather than at or around the speed of light?

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VunderGuy says:

@bornagain

Hey bornagain, I think I have an analogy that could allow folks to properly conceptualize the trinity that doesn’t resort to the hydra picturization.

Would you like to hear it?

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Mapou says:

VunderGuy:

@Mapou

Mapou, can you please demonstrate to me why you think gravity moves instantaneously rather than at or around the speed of light?

I think I may have explained this elsewhere. The short of it is that Newton’s gravity equation is extremely accurate even though it assumes that gravity is instantaneous. Newtonian gravity is what NASA uses to send probes to Mars. Another reason is that gravity is the only force that affects everything equally, regardless of mass or charge. It’s a shoe-in for energy conservation at work. Since the principle of energy conservation (like all conservation principles) is non-local, it follows that gravity is also a non-local phenomenon.

It uses the very same “spooky action at a distance” that was anathema to Einstein’s not-so-imaginative worldview. Nonlocality is bad news to Einstein because it threatens his belief in the very existence of space-time. the same spacetime that his relativity theories are based on. Einstein was wrong, of course. But then again, if space (distance) is an illusion, there is no problem of “spooky action at a distance” to speak of and instantaneous gravity does not sound so weird after all.