Death of the Universe Nonsense Again

PSI Blog 20200615 Death of the Universe Nonsense Again

Nerissa Escanlar/Earth-Life Science Institute

Leave it to New Scientist to broadcast the latest woo-woo in cosmogony:

“Cosmologist Katie Mack spends her days pondering the end of everything. Whether the cosmos dies a slow heat death or winks out of existence tomorrow, she finds it helps put everyday troubles in perspective”

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Wow! You can even get paid for that? All you have to do is assume the universe had a beginning like all the other Big Bangers do. Of course, if regressives were not generating and publishing this nonsense, then New Scientist could not write about it. Maybe they would have to turn to Jesus stories and homeopathic nostrums like National Geographic did when Murdoch got hold of it for a couple years.

The only thing good about this article is the interview with a woman evangelist instead of the usual suspects such as the venerable deGrasse.

Some quotes from cosmogonist Katie Mack:

“We can say what fraction of the universe’s energy density is matter and what is radiation, and we found out that a large proportion of the universe is made up of these invisible substances called dark matter and dark energy.”

Readers know "dark energy" does not exist--it is a calculation.

“Surely there are some other big things that we don’t understand?

There are also questions around the beginning of the universe. We think that the big bang, which was the beginning of the universe as we know it, happened about 13.8 billion years ago, and the first tiny fractions of a second after that saw the universe expand exponentially in a process called inflation. Most cosmologists agree that it happened, but there’s no solid theory on what would have caused it.”

Right—it surely must have been a miracle.

“There are several possibilities that I discuss in my book. The one that I think is most likely based on current data is called the heat death.

If the universe is expanding, and if its expansion continues to speed up, then space will get more and more dilute over time, which is to say there will be more and more space between each galaxy.”

Yeah sure, this is as “diluted” as the universe looks like as far as we can see:[1]

As readers know, the “heat death of the universe” trope is a logical conclusion of the Second Law of Thermodynamics, which states that an isolated system only can undergo an increase in entropy (or disorder). Aside from the Big Bang Theory itself, that interpretation is one of the greatest achievements of systems philosophy (overemphasis on the system and underemphasis on the environment). The correct interpretation is founded on the Sixth Assumption of Science, complementarity (All things are subject to divergence and convergence from other things).[4]

It would be nice if Katie would think a bit more “outside the box,” consider Infinite Universe Theory, and join us in promoting the Last Cosmological Revolution.

[1] Borchardt, Glenn, 2017, Infinite Universe Theory: Berkeley, California, Progressive Science Institute, 327 p. [http://go.glennborchardt.com/IUTebook]. Figure 8.
[3] H. Teplitz and M. Rafelski (IPAC/Caltech), A. Koekemoer (STScI), R. Windhorst (Arizona State University), and Z. Levay (STScI).
[4] Borchardt, Glenn, 2008, Resolution of the SLT-order paradox, Proceedings of the Natural Philosophy Alliance: Albuquerque, NM, v. 5 [10.13140/RG.2.1.1413.7768].

1 comment:

Glenn Borchardt said...

Alex says:

It's a bad idea!