Big Bang Theory Pops

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Big Bang theory pops reports New Scientist, 22 May 2004, p20 and www.cosmologystatement.org. Eric Lerner of Lawrenceville Plasma Physics, plus 33 other scientists from 10 countries write "Big Bang theory relies on a growing number of hypothetical entities - things that we have never observed. Inflation, dark matter and dark energy are the most prominent. Without them, there would be fatal contradictions between the observations made by astronomers and the predictions of the big bang theory. In no other field of physics would this continual recourse to new hypothetical objects be accepted as a way of bridging the gap between theory and observation. It would, at the least, raise serious questions about the validity of the underlying theory. But the big bang theory can't survive without these fudge factors."

Lerner believes Big Bang theory has predominated in spite of these failings because research grant money is almost completely restricted to projects that set out to prove the Big Bang. Evidence that does not fit the theory such as discordant data on red shifts, lithium and helium abundance and galaxy distribution is ignored or ridiculed. "This reflects a growing dogmatic mindset that is alien to the spirit of free scientific enquiry," warns Lerner. Furthermore, he states the theory "can boast of no quantitative predictions that have since been validated."

Editorial Comment: Creation Research has commented in the past that Big Bang theory is based on imaginary items, such as cold dark matter. It is good to see secular scientists catching up. Lerner correctly, points out the reason unpopular ideas do not get published has nothing to do with science - it is because of preconceived dogma .Keep that in mind when people ask why creation based research does not get published in mainstream scientific journals where the dogma is evolution. We encourage astronomers to concentrate on studying the real universe they can see, so they may come to understand that the heavens do display the handiwork of the Creator God. (Ref. Big-Bang, astronomy, science)

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