Down the (Black) Rabbit Hole

Yesterday’s article, Take Your Hawking to School Day, reminded me of this article I wrote back in 2014 about black holes being disproved by a theoretical physicist like Hawking. She solved a fifty year old paradox in black hole theory, and, to her own shock, proved black holes can’t exist! Maybe the kid, Maillis, is on to something!

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I had thought black holes were a certainty. I thought I’d read or heard that they have been observed, directly and visibly through the Hubble Space Telescope or indirectly by way of radio telescopes.

Exodus CaseApparently, I was mistaken. Apparently, black holes may not exist after all. I would also like to point out that this possibility is not the declaration of a Christian going after the world of physics, a Christian who could be accused of having an agenda. This is a scientist at a state university who did the math and discovered to her own great surprise that black holes may have been a figment of our collective imagination – a wrong interpretation of data from countless observations and measurements. As the author of The Exodus Case, Dr. Lennart Moller of the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden observed, “There are never incorrect results. Only incorrect interpretations.”

This is the work of Professor Laura Mersini-Houghton from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the College of Arts and Sciences. From Wikipedia:

Professor Laura Mersini-HoughtonProfessor Laura Mersini-Houghton is an Albanian cosmologist and theoretical physicist, and associate professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a proponent of the multiverse theory which holds that our universe is one of many. She argues that anomalies in the current structure of the universe are best explained as the gravitational tug exerted by other universes.

Mersini-Houghton received her B.S. degree from the University of Tirana, Albania, and her M.Sc. from the University of Maryland.[11] She was awarded a Ph.D. in 2000 by the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. After earning her doctorate, Mersini-Houghton was a postdoctoral fellow at the Italian Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa from 2000 to 2002. In 2002 she had a postdoctoral fellowship for two years at Syracuse University.[11] She accepted a job as faculty at University of North Carolina, and in January 2004, she started as assistant professor of theoretical physics and cosmology at UNC and was granted tenure in 2008.”

I also wondered exactly what cosmology is, so I found the following, also from Wikipedia:

“Cosmology (from the Greek κόσμος, kosmos “world” and -λογία, -logia “study of”), is the study of the origin, evolution, and eventual fate of the universe.”

So we have a tenured professor at a state school, who I would guess is not a Christian, coming out with information that says black holes may be nonsense after all. She’s got degrees from American and European colleges and universities and earned a post-doctoral fellowship in Italy. My guess as to her not being a Christian is based on her pursuit of cosmology. Spoiler alert: Jesus comes back, believers go to heaven, non-believers, regrettably, go to hell, and there’s your eternity, sport fans.

Is this a good place to say it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure this out?

My overall point – and there is one – is that this isn’t someone secular folks could call a crazy Christian with an agenda. Nope. She’s one of them.

According to the article in the London Daily Mail:

“A scientist has sensationally said that it is impossible for black holes to exist – and she even has mathematical proof to back up her claims.”

Hawking_andEventHorizon2-150She also says she can confirm Stephen Hawking’s theory that stars, as they die, release a type of radiation known as Hawking radiation, which Hawking predicted. This introduces the information paradox. If black holes suck everything in and crush it into infinity, but quantum theory says no matter and information can ever disappear from the universe, we have the paradox.

Mersini-Houghton says that black holes, at least as we now know them, cannot exist. Far from running around yelling, “Eureka!”, she claims to be in shock over the results of her work. She doesn’t seem to have been expecting this result, especially since it’s a problem that’s been wrestled with by theoretical physicists for fifty years. I doubt she even expected to be the one to find a solution, let alone one that crushed black hole theory like…a black hole. She says “the mathematics are conclusive.”

An interesting side bar to all of this is what it does to The Big Bang Theory, which states that the known universe started out as a singularity, a black hole, and then exploded and expanded into what we today call home. She’s created a problem for physicists everywhere:

Professor Mersini-Houghton’s new theory does manage to mathematically combine the two fundamental theories, but with unwanted effects for people expecting black holes to exist.

Oops! So there goes Deep Time and Evolution!  We are back to creation and God.

Read the article for yourself: Black Holes Do NOT Exist and the Big Bang Theory is Wrong

How’s About Creation?

“And God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years, 15 and let them be lights in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth.” And it was so. 16 God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars. 17 God set them in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth, 18 to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good. 19 And there was evening, and there was morning—the fourth day.” Genesis 1: 14-19

A team of astronomers at the University of Tokyo, using the Subaru Telescope, discovered seven galaxies: “Galaxies that ‘suddenly appeared’ 700 million years after the Big Bang baffle astronomers – and they may have been hidden by a ‘cosmic fog.’”

Cosmic fog? Seven previously unknown galaxies just appear to pop into existence, and, instead of admitting at least the possibility that they just witnessed a piece of creation, the white-coated scientists try to convince themselves that the galactic dew-point changed.

“Where the galaxies came from initially confused the experts because they seemed to appear almost out of nowhere, very rapidly. But now the team behind the observations suggest the previously hidden cluster of stars appeared when a cosmic ‘fog’ cleared.”

So let me get this straight. The sudden appearance of these hitherto unknown galaxies “baffled” and “initially confused” the astronomers. So what’s the answer for these learned minds?

They theorize that the early universe was filled with a “hot soup of protons and electrons.” Those bonded to create neutral hydrogen atoms…the fog. The guesswork continues:

“That event is called ‘recombination’ and resulted in a universe filled with a ‘fog’ of these neutral atoms. Eventually the first stars and galaxies began to form, and their ultraviolet light ionised (energised) the hydrogen atoms, and ‘divided’ the neutral hydrogen into protons and electrons again. As this occurred, the ‘fog’ of neutrals cleared.”

I’m sorry, but this convoluted explanation sounds a bit tortured to me. They’re pulling a string of theories (no pun intended) out of their collective BVD’s. They are playing a guessing game where, if we can all agree on step one, we can call it fact and add another portion of the theory based on what may be a flawed premise to start with.

They are making it up as the go along, albeit with strong backgrounds in whatever sciences they have studied and whatever alphabet soup is tacked on to their names. Don’t believe me? Well, they as much as admitted this in the article:

“Astronomers call this event ‘cosmic reionisation’ and think that it ended about 12.8 billion years ago – about a billion years after the Big Bang. The timing of this event – when it started and how long it lasted – is one of the big questions in astronomy.”

They THINK it ended about 12.8 billion years ago? And they admit that the timing of the whole fog thing completely eludes them? In short, the article seems to go from “Wow! Would you look at that? But I don’t have a clue as to how it happened” to “Here’s what happened.”

The highway of science is littered with disproven theories and failed hypothesis, like the westward trails across North America of the 1800’s were littered with broken wagons, possessions and even skeletons. Science is bound to be that way, as we attempt to understand what God has created. His grand design is so far beyond our comprehension that our repeated misinterpretation of His glories are inevitable.

By the way, the Big Bang that these astronomers’ theories rely upon is based on the supposition that everything in the universe was condensed into a singularity, a black hole, which exploded into the now-known universe. Check my post “Down the (Black) Rabbit Hole.” You’ll read about a theoretical physicist who solved a 50 year problem with black holes – an inconsistency, really – and inadvertently proved that black holes cannot possibly exist. Kinda leaves the astronomers in this article in…may I say it?…a bit of a fog.

Like little children, we try our best to be part of God’s world. We try to emulate Him and understand Him and that’s admirable. As long as it done in faith. The real question is whether we pay attention to Him and what He discloses about Himself to us. In the bible. That’s the one collection of knowledge and history that has yet to be disproven.

I also refer you to my recent 7 part series on The Exodus Case by Dr. Lennart Moller, which provides archeological support to the truth of The Book of Exodus. As Dr. Moller states, there are never wrong results in science. But there are wrong interpretations of those results. Secular science continues to fall into the latter category with failed interpretations of what is before their eyes. Or telescopes.

As for the seven galaxies? News flash: Maybe you just saw Creation.

Read the entire article for yourself:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2841093/Sudden-appearance-galaxies-700-million-years-Big-Bang-baffles-astronomers-disappearing-fog.html

Down the (Black) Rabbit Hole

I had thought black holes were a certainty. I thought I’d read or heard that they have been observed, directly and visibly through the Hubble Space Telescope or indirectly by way of radio telescopes.

Apparently, I was mistaken. Apparently, black holes may not exist after all. I would also like to point out that this possibility is not the declaration of a Christian going after the world of physics, a Christian who could be accused of having an agenda. This is a scientist at a state university who did the math and discovered to her own great surprise that black holes may have been a figment of our collective imagination – a wrong interpretation of data from countless observations and measurements. Recall my mention in the last post of Dr. Lennart Moller of the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden. There are never incorrect results. Only incorrect interpretations.

This is the work of Professor Laura Mersini-Houghton from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the College of Arts and Sciences. From Wikipedia:

“Professor Laura Mersini-Houghton is an Albanian cosmologist and theoretical physicist, and associate professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a proponent of the multiverse theory which holds that our universe is one of many. She argues that anomalies in the current structure of the universe are best explained as the gravitational tug exerted by other universes.

Mersini-Houghton received her B.S. degree from the University of Tirana, Albania, and her M.Sc. from the University of Maryland.[11] She was awarded a Ph.D. in 2000 by the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. After earning her doctorate, Mersini-Houghton was a postdoctoral fellow at the Italian Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa from 2000 to 2002. In 2002 she had a postdoctoral fellowship for two years at Syracuse University.[11] She accepted a job as faculty at University of North Carolina, and in January 2004, she started as assistant professor of theoretical physics and cosmology at UNC and was granted tenure in 2008.”

I also wondered exactly what cosmology is, so I found the following, also from Wikipedia:

“Cosmology (from the Greek κόσμος, kosmos “world” and -λογία, -logia “study of”), is the study of the origin, evolution, and eventual fate of the universe.”

So we have a tenured professor at a state school, who I would guess is not a Christian, coming out with information that says black holes may be nonsense after all. She’s got degrees from American and European colleges and universities and earned a post-doctoral fellowship in Italy. My guess as to her not being a Christian is based on her pursuit of cosmology. Spoiler alert: Jesus comes back, believers go to heaven, non-believers, regrettably, go to hell, and there’s your eternity, sport fans.

Is this a good place to say it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure this out?

My overall point – and there is one – is that this isn’t someone secular folks could call a crazy Christian with an agenda. Nope. She’s one of them.

According to the article in the London Daily Mail:

“A scientist has sensationally said that it is impossible for black holes to exist – and she even has mathematical proof to back up her claims.”

She also says she can confirm Stephen Hawking’s theory that stars, as they die, release a type of radiation known as Hawking radiation, which Hawking predicted. This introduces the information paradox. If black holes suck everything in and crush it into infinity, but quantum theory says no matter and information can ever disappear from the universe, we have the paradox.

Mersini-Houghton says that black holes, at least as we now know them, cannot exist. Far from running around yelling, “Eureka!”, she claims to be in shock over the results of her work. She doesn’t seem to have been expecting this result, especially since it’s a problem that’s been wrestled with by theoretical physicists for fifty years. I doubt she even expected to be the one to find a solution, let alone one that crushed black hole theory like…a black hole. She says “the mathematics are conclusive.”

An interesting side bar to all of this is what it does to The Big Bang Theory, which states that the known universe started out as a singularity, a black hole, and then exploded and expanded into what we today call home. She’s created a problem for physicists everywhere:

“Professor Mersini-Houghton’s new theory does manage to mathematically combine the two fundamental theories, but with unwanted effects for people expecting black holes to exist.

Oops!

Read the article for yourself:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2769156/Black-holes-NOT-exist-Big-Bang-Theory-wrong-claims-scientist-maths-prove-it.html