Another Milky Way Galaxy Mass 1/3 to 1/6 As Large As Previously Thought, Astronomers Say: via HuffPost

Milky Way Galaxy Mass “Only Half As Large” As Previously Thought, Astronomers Say: via HuffPost Curious editorial change in the header. From the content it is clear that the actual finding is 1/6 to 1/3 of the previously estimated mass. I think that is because of the embarassing implication about one of sciences most haloed and unscientific theories. Based on dark matter theory the galaxy should weigh up to six times as much as it does. And dark matter is around 5/6 of everything, or so we hear. So if the mass of the galaxy is about 1/6 of what it should be with dark matter, we can account for all of the mass of the galaxy without the ad hoc hypothesis that dark matter exists. It’s another nail in the coffin for dark matter. It can also mess up dark energy. Dark matter is an ad hoc hypothesis to explain certain (hypothesized) mass movements. But dark matter makes it even harder to explain why galaxies move the way they do, creating most of the impetus for “dark energy”, because with all the extra mass you need to create another unknown force to explain why galaxies aren’t pulling together with all that extra mass. Get rid of dark matter and you get rid of most of the dark energy hypothesis, an ad hoc hypothesis with no supporting evidence contrived to save another ad hoc hypothesis without supporting evidence. Something else hit the media today, a mass out there in the universe that is around three times the size of any mass that is supposed to be able to exist. I bet if you look closely you will find they snuck in an assumption that dark matter is 5/6 of that mass. In which case, if you eliminate the ad hoc dark matter component, the weight of the remaining observed phenomena is within the bounds of permissible clusters of mass. While ad hoc hypotheses are always unscientific (and always or almost always a harbinger that the theory you are trying to save with flim-flam is wrong and has an expiry date), the whole idea is that you save a cherished theory by throwing in an unsupported assumption that makes the theory sustainable a little while longer. An ad hoc saving hypothesis is like, if one of your table legs fails, you might prop up the corner with books. The integrity of the table is still gone but you’ve stuffed something in to fill the gap. When ad hoc solutions devolve you usually see a spiraling of inconsistencies that need to be resolved with still more ad hoc hypotheses which then create further inconsistencies. At some point enough people clue in that the simplest solution is that the theory that has created so much trouble is wrong. The reason that you need so many fixes and qualifications and unsupported assumptions is it’s just wrong. How is this for a simple solution? There is little unseen mass in the galaxy, and that will be things we wouldn’t expect to see given their size and distance. It is more explanatory if dark matter doesn’t exist than if it does. Otherwise we need to make more ad hoc hypotheses to explain how the galaxy is going much slower so that it creates the appearance that this dark matter stuff that nobody has ever seen or measured doesn’t exist. If you use Oakham’s Razor, dark matter is gone. Unless you make the ad hoc, unscientific hypothesis that dark matter exists everywhere but our galaxy. How about, what we see is what we get? How’s that for a really simple theory? Just extrapolate from what we know and have actually observed. Maybe gravity works differently at long distances, say the distance between galaxies. After all, gravity isn’t magic, it’s a physical process. Why shouldn’t it have eventual limits? Sometimes the way in which a theory gets saved is when it becomes a limiting case in a more general theory, and that will probably be what happens with gravity.


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