The distortion of science for ideological purposes has a long history, and the results are generally ugly.

Friday, August 11, 2006

BLACKHOLES of the Astronomical kind

The science of astronomy has defined a black hole as a region in 3 dimensional space having an infinite density, or, in some of the more lucid descriptions available on the internet, a region in space where the density is so great that no physical object can escape from it.

The concept of a black hole is developed from Einstein's theory of relativity which recently has been shown to be incorrect from a review of the famous Michelson-Morley experiement aimed at proving, or disproving, the existence of the aether (Stephan J. G. Gift, "The Relative Motion of the Earth and Ether Detected, Journal of Scientific Exploration, Vol. 20, No2, pp 201-214, summer 2006).

What is a black hole? Mathematically it is defined by the calculus when the well known relationship of D (density) = M (mass) / V (volume) when either M --> infinity or V --> 0.

As Blackholes are considered essentially "points" in 3-D space, we accept that the volume of the black hole is very small.

Point in space? No such physical object. A point is a mathematical abstraction` required by the requirements of relativity theory.

So I was somewhat amused to read the following email from a fellow traveller:

"Yesterday I attended a meeting of the Research School of Astronomy & Astrophysics at my neighborhood observatory, Mount Stromlo, a mere 10 minutes drive from home. The subject was "Gravitational Wave Detection." The experience was surreal, hearing top astronomers blithely talking about coalescing black holes and neutron stars with the familiarity of everyday experience.

However, we are talking about hypothetical objects that defy the principles of physics (e.g. "singularities") doing non-physical things (how do you "merge" two black holes when it takes an infinite amount of time to "cross" an event horizon?) and giving rise to hypothetical waves that travel at the speed of light - when it is easily shown that gravity operates at near-infinite speed.

About half of professional astronomers think that a gravity wave will be detected within the next 10 years.

It is like observing a group of medieval scholars discussing how many angels could fit on the head of a pin.

Lewis Carroll would be proud of them."

The same sort of intellectual argument also can be identified with global warming science.

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