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April 11, 2005

Astrophysics as religious dogma

From the UK Guardian:

Michael Murphy, of the Institute of Astronomy at Cambridge University, said: "We are claiming something extraordinary here. The findings suggest there is a more fundamental theory of the way that light and matter interact; and that special relativity, at its foundation, is actually wrong."

Einstein's insistence that the speed of light was always the same set up many of his big ideas and established the bedrock of modern physics.

Dr Murphy said: "It could turn out that special relativity is a very good approximation but it's missing a little bit. That little bit may be the doorknob to a whole new universe and a whole new set of fundamental laws." His team did not measure a change in the speed of light directly. Instead, they analysed flickering light from the far-distant celestial objects called quasars.

Their light takes billions of years to travel to Earth, letting astronomers see the fundamental laws of the universe at work during its earliest days. The observations, from the massive Keck telescope in Hawaii, suggest the way certain wavelengths of light are absorbed has changed.

But if light is slowing down, and they use the speed of light in determining the distance to stars -- why do they still maintain the distances based on a static velocity of light?

Anyway, as soon as the zealots for the religion of Evolution realize that if light is not a constant, then a good part of their religious dogma will be seriously weakened, the Cambridge research will be declared “Fundamentalist propoganda” and “pseudo-science”. It's like the time I used trigonometry to illustrate that stellar distances beyond 200 light years were a matter of wild speculation -- the guy I was debating simply called it religious dogma: Trigonometry is religious dogma, right.

Posted by Danny Carlton at April 11, 2005 08:55 AM

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Ooooo....trigonometry. Funny how you can "use" trig to "illustrate stellar distances"...yadda, yadda, yadda.....but you conveniently throw out basic mathematics when it disagrees with your "truth":

1 deity + 1 deity + 1 deity = 1 deity?

.....yeah, right

Posted by: boomSLANG at April 13, 2005 12:28 PM

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