Saturday, March 23, 2013

Almost Perfect?

If you want to know how history is being distorted in front of our very eyes this very week, simply notice the headline for the Planck satellite release from ESA:

“An Almost Perfect Universe”.

Kobe Bryant made an almost perfect three point shot at the buzzer last night too.

The Lakers lost.

The real headline should have been:

“Planck Confirms: Copernican Principle Falsified, Cosmology In Crisis”.

Why the former, rather than the latter?

Science used to consist in a method, a method dedicated to the experimental test, *with the intention of possibly falsifying*, what we think we know.

Albert Einstein was educated in this way:

“No amount of experimentation can ever prove me right. A single experiment can prove me wrong.”

Science now consists in a method dedicated to propping up a “consilience” among various “independent lines of investigation”.

Unfortunately, “overwhelming consilience” is the quite predictable outcome of *any* research program dedicated to the preservation of, rather than the experimental test with the intention to potentially falsify, a given model.

The simple truth is that the foundational assumption of the modern scientific world view was observationally falsified in the release of the Planck satellite CMB data in Paris on March 21, 2013.

It will take a while to trickle down, but there it is.

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