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Cosmologist: a highly intelligent person, very gifted in mathematics, who devotes his life to rationalizing insane ideas.  If you think this is harsh, remember what Prophet Berman said 8 years ago? (10/06/2004).  Modern cosmologists are clueless, they’re right out of The Emperor’s New Clothes, and nothing they say is likely to be true.

  • For further proof, look at how their biggest ideas have all been undermined.  They are like white tourists in Fiji trying to do firewalking.  They dance from one hot rock to another in a kind of Brownian motion, grinning for a few milliseconds on each one before the pain is unbearable.



  • Learn an important lesson here.  Cosmologists and the press leapt onto inflation like flies to a carcass, so excited that the brilliant genius Alan Guth (Grand Unified Theory Huckster) saved the big bang from the Flatness Problem and the Horizon Problem.  “In one fell swoop,” Gefter reminded us, he saved the day.  Inflation was simple.  It was elegant.  It was beautiful.  It was wrong.  Tegmark likened it to the gift that keeps on giving till it got sickening, or like the performer that should have bowed out but kept giving encores nobody wanted, to the point they ran out of the theater screaming.

    • Learn an important lesson here.  Cosmologists and the press leapt onto inflation like flies to a carcass, so excited that the brilliant genius Alan Guth (Grand Unified Theory Huckster) saved the big bang from the Flatness Problem and the Horizon Problem.  “In one fell swoop,” Gefter reminded us, he saved the day.  Inflation was simple.  It was elegant.  It was beautiful.  It was wrong.  Tegmark likened it to the gift that keeps on giving till it got sickening, or like the performer that should have bowed out but kept giving encores nobody wanted, to the point they ran out of the theater screaming.



    So they retreated to other irrationalities, like brane theory or the no-boundary proposal.  As with inflation, brane theory turned out to create more problems than it explained: it required even finer tuning than the fine-tuned universe we see.  As for Hawking & Hartle’s Hilarious Hoopla (4H) that proposed a no-beginning in a no-time fantasyland, remember it was a proposal, not a theory (proposal, n.:the act of offering or suggesting something for acceptance, adoption, or performance).  It was a suggestion they offered, like “try this.”  That’s not even a hypothesis yet.

    • So they retreated to other irrationalities, like brane theory or the no-boundary proposal.  As with inflation, brane theory turned out to create more problems than it explained: it required even finer tuning than the fine-tuned universe we see.  As for Hawking & Hartle’s Hilarious Hoopla (4H) that proposed a no-beginning in a no-time fantasyland, remember it was a proposal, not a theory (proposal, n.:the act of offering or suggesting something for acceptance, adoption, or performance).  It was a suggestion they offered, like “try this.”  That’s not even a hypothesis yet.



    So now, it’s back to inflation, with a combo plate of no boundaries, strings and The Holodeck.  We’re all like Lt. Commander Data wandering in an imaginary Holographic universe that is a projection of something real we cannot be sure is really there.  As usual with everything evolutionary, the answer is all futureware and promissory notes.  Why does anybody listen to these people?  It doesn’t matter if they can write equations all over the blackboard.  If the inputs to a “proposal” are bogus, no amount of mathematical manipulation can rescue a lie.

    • So now, it’s back to inflation, with a combo plate of no boundaries, strings and The Holodeck.  We’re all like Lt. Commander Data wandering in an imaginary Holographic universe that is a projection of something real we cannot be sure is really there.  As usual with everything evolutionary, the answer is all futureware and promissory notes.  Why does anybody listen to these people?  It doesn’t matter if they can write equations all over the blackboard.  If the inputs to a “proposal” are bogus, no amount of mathematical manipulation can rescue a lie.



    If you really want to see what’s motivating these folks, look at a slide show by Max Tegmark from a symposium, reproduced on Scribd.  The wiggle room in cosmology would make a mouse in a boxcar feel crowded.  Tegmark reasons himself into a multiverse with the flimsiest of arguments, all while struggling to defend his naturalism against the clear implications of our low-entropy universe.  “Sound too crazy?” one slide asks in large yellow print on a black background.  (This means he knows it’s crazy.)  But his justification for his craziness is seen on the very next slide: it’s a portrait of Charles Darwin, with the caption, “We’re not taking this guy seriously enough.”  What, you ask, has Darwin to do with a multiverse?  Ah, you see, this is all part of the Religion of the Bearded Buddha: try to explain everything from the bottom up without that despised, dreaded Designer.  Anything but that!– even irrationality.

    • If you really want to see what’s motivating these folks, look at a slide show by Max Tegmark from a symposium, reproduced on Scribd.  The wiggle room in cosmology would make a mouse in a boxcar feel crowded.  Tegmark reasons himself into a multiverse with the flimsiest of arguments, all while struggling to defend his naturalism against the clear implications of our low-entropy universe.  “Sound too crazy?” one slide asks in large yellow print on a black background.  (This means he knows it’s crazy.)  But his justification for his craziness is seen on the very next slide: it’s a portrait of Charles Darwin, with the caption, “We’re not taking this guy seriously enough.”  What, you ask, has Darwin to do with a multiverse?  Ah, you see, this is all part of the Religion of the Bearded Buddha: try to explain everything from the bottom up without that despised, dreaded Designer.  Anything but that!– even irrationality.





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