Cosmetic Newtonism

For Newton space was constituted by

the omnipresence of God and for whom the mathematical principles underlying the orderly motions of the planets pointed to a deity no less skilled in mechanics and geometry than Newton himself . . .

Newton was aiming to create the cosmogony of a new religion by replacing Christian cosmogony dominant in his time with his own. In the above passage we see how Newton masterfully transfers the world building authority of the Christian god to himself. He will later have his first disciple Halley make his godly status official with a poetry that is still gracing the first pages of the Principia. 

Yes, Newton successfully deified himself. Newtonism has become the state religion around the globe. No matter how much physics changes and new physics contradicts Newtonian tenets Newtonism and Newton’s force continue to exist.

Professional physicists say that Newtonian force has been shown to be unphysical by Einstein but when it comes to practical orbit determination they still claim to model the data with Newtonian effects. How can this be? It cannot be. Data is modeled with theory-agnostic numerical integration. Physicists call numerical integration Newtonian effects to perpetuate Newton’s sacred authority.

A physicist has a career of say 40 years. Newtonism has been established in 300 years. No one can reverse a bureaucratic habit of 300 years in 40 years. Short of a catastrophic event — such as NASA deciding to dump Newtonism in favor of Einsteinism and unify physics — cosmetic Newtonism will continue to exist.

Dark matter is corporate science

NASA’s hardware needs are supplied by other big corporations. NASA’s theoretical needs are also supplied by big corporations, in this case, schools. This is because only similar organisms can interact with each other on equal terms. And also, this must be so because individuals do not have the resources to be theoretical contractors for NASA. Corporate science is done on a huge scale and it is closed to amateur investigators.

These professional researchers built a consortium called Virgo Consortium to supply NASA with Dark Matter theory.

As bloggers anything we write about Dark Matter is absolutely totally irrelevant. Of course, corporate scientists publish papers on Dark Matter and some simulations are publicly available. But do we stand a chance of ever figuring out as outsiders the simulation reported in the media?

Dr. Volker Springel, of the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics, led the computer simulations which took 3.5 million processor hours to complete.

These calculations finally allow us to ‘see’ what the dark matter distribution should look like near the Sun where we might stand a chance of detecting it.

This calculation has redefined the state of the art in cosmological simulations. At times I thought it would never end.

Dr. Springel says his simulation will allow NASA to see Dark Matter. Maybe. Maybe not. We are totally out of the loop.

Dark matter is being decided between NASA and other similar organisms and they will let us know their results when they are finished. We, as amateurs, have no clue on the results of this corporate science. We will never have a clue. So what is the point of talking about dark matter here? I think it is totally futile and irrelevant. This is not defeatism. I am just observing the facts.

And I wonder if individual speculators on Dark Matter such as these are also out of the loop even though they are affiliated academics? (They have better press agents).

NASA makes every year more discoveries than Europeans could not make in 2000 years

In this article Lubos Motl talks about Sean Carroll’s Dark Photon paper that I wrote about yesterday. He too remarks that there is nothing new or ingenious in proposing dark species of existing light physical quantities. But I cannot agree with Motl’s first sentence:

Everyone knows that the media help to ruin the quality control in climate science — a discipline that has become extremely politicized. But we can see that glimpses of such dynamics can also be found in disciplines that have not been politicized — cosmology and theoretical physics.

How can a physicist be blind to the fact that cosmology and theoretical physics are so political that you cannot separate political content from scientific content? Big Bang is nothing more than a state-sponsored cosmogonic mythology. Political rulers have always used cosmogonic mythologies to control the ruled. This is still the case.

Global unhuman organisms who own physics and pay for physics research have been very successful in marketing physics as an independent scientific endeavor striving for the well-being of humanity. This is the reason why Lubos Motl is unable to perceive that physics is in the service of political rulers.

One consequence of this is that a theory such as the General Relativity is not a scientific theory. Not anymore. General Relativity is owned by the global Organism who uses it for its marketing purposes. Any change in General Relativity must be paid for and approved by the Organism. Physicists can do nothing but repeat what is legal. This is not science. And academic physicists are fooling themselves and us if they believe that they are discovering fundamental properties of nature to do humanity a favor.

  • Should physics be freed from the domination of unhuman organisms?
  • Can physics be called an independent science as long as theoretical physicists are paid by unhuman organisms to do either military research or to develop mythological scenarios that unhuman organisms use as scientific cover for military research.

There is a dilemma here.

NASA makes every year more discoveries than Europeans could not make in 2000 years. This is an incredible acceleration in the rate of discovery. The success of NASA is the definitive proof that scholasticism invented by Europeans is the true enemy of knowledge. Physics is still controlled by scholastic Doctors of Philosophy — dogmatic and absolutist academic careerist bureaucrats who call themselves theoretical physicists — not by engineers. Doctors of physics are the reason why physics remains a pre-scientific cargo cult.

If Alexander the Great founded NASA instead of bankrolling major temples in Didyma and Priene, among many others, he would have been truer to the scientific vision of his teacher Aristotle. And Alexander was proud of his scientific curiosity and made sure to send Aristotle interesting artifacts from his travels in exotic places. And there is no reason why Alexander could not have founded an organization with the same mission as NASA, that is,

to advance and communicate scientific knowledge and understanding of the earth, the solar system, and the universe.

Maybe first he had to found the US and then Russia to instigate space exploration in the US, but that would have come naturally to him. All the ingredients for space exploration existed on earth then as well as now.

Imagine the state of knowledge today if NASA had 2000 years head start.

By eliminating the domination of modern scholastic doctors of philosophy the physicists on human knowledge and by establishing a truly scientific physics organization not controlled by political rulers and their servants the Newtonian doctors of philosophy we can give future generations a head start.

So what do you think? Is it OK that scientific research is paid for and controlled by political powers? Is this a small price to pay to allow NASA to continue discovering the universe?

Are we living in a photoshop universe?


Kip Thorne the Feynman professor of theoretical physics at Caltech in Gravity Probe-B pre-launch press conference in NASA headquarters on April 2, 2004

. . . so let me talk now about attempts to measure three aspects of warped spacetime in the solar system. Let’s begin with the warping of space. In 1976 there was a landmark experiment. Viking orbiting mars. Radio signals were sent from earth to Viking and transponded back to the Earth. Radio signals had a digital code encoded in them so that they could measure the round trip of travel for a piece of radio signal to go out and come back. Einstein insists, his theory, insists that the speed of propagation of electromagnetic signals is an absolute constant. So if I measure the round trip travel time I am actually measuring the distance between the earth and the Viking spacecraft in orbit around Mars.

In my next graphic I show what the warped space did to that distance. Because space is warped in the vicinity of the sun the distance travelled were predicted to be when the signals coming closest to the edge of the sun it is predicted to be 37 km longer than you would have expected as 37 km out of 378 million km is a small effect but the precision of the measurement is 37 meters, that is, it was verified a part in a thousand that the space was warped as indicated in the diagram. Because the moon and the earth moved in their orbits it was possible to monitor that warping as the trajectory of the radio signals moved closer to sun and then away so it was possible to map out the warping of space and this is verified with high precision with a part in thousand of what you would expect.

1. Warped spacetime in the solar system

Thorne claims that the experiment is about spacetime in the solar system so he starts by uttering the words spacetime and solar system as rhetorical decorations. He’ll never use them again.

2. Let’s begin with the warping of space

He just negated his previous sentence about spacetime of the solar system and now he says he will be talking about warped space and not warped spacetime. The proposed experiment is about measuring an effect in spacetime but Thorne with a sleight of polemics established spacetime and space as a hidden pun and he wants you to believe in this pun by his authority. Probably you haven’t noticed Thorne’s sly substitution of space for spacetime or you didn’t care or you gave him the benefit of the doubt. After all, Thorne projects a tremendous amount of academic authority. But in practical terms, can we trust anything else he says? Can we trust a physicist who does not know the difference between space and spacetime?

3. In 1976 there was a landmark experiment

Now we switched to astronomy. Thorne is here to justify NASA funding. The Congress requires that NASA must have a science payload in every mission in order to fund it. NASA discovered that General Relativity is great fodder for science payload so Thorne is here to establish physics authority for a NASA science payload.

4. Viking orbiting Mars, radio signals were sent from Earth to Viking and transponded back to Earth. Radio signals had a digital code encoded in them so that they could measure the round trip of travel for a piece of radio signal to go out and come back

This is astronomy and engineering.

5. And Einstein insists, his theory insists, that the speed of propagation of electromagnetic signals is an absolute constant so if I measure the round trip travel time I am actually measuring the distance between the Earth and the Viking spacecraft in orbit around Mars

This means that astronomers have taken the speed of light as a unit to measure distance. This has nothing to do with General Relativity. It is an assumption. It is a definition. It is setting a unit to measure distance. Every assumption made by Einstein is not General Relativity.

6. In my next graphic I show what the warped space did to that distance because space is warped in the vicinity of the sun the distance travelled were predicted to be when the signals coming closest to the edge of the sun it is predicted to be 3 km longer than you would have expected.

The evidence Thorne offers for the experiment is the infamous “rubber sheet analogy” from the pages of Photoshop physics. Thorne turns this old physics trope into a visual illusion by defining the grid both as space and spacetime. Is there a fundamental physics concept which is not a pun exploited by physicists for propaganda? In this case, Thorne claims that the experiment is about measuring an effect in spacetime in solar system but he could only offer a visual illusion that represents neither space nor spacetime. What you see is not space or spacetime . . . it is propaganda. This is not different than airbrushing Stalin into the photograph of a historical event he was not present. Is it a coincidence that such fraud is called “doctoring?” Not at all. This is what Doctors of Philosophy such as Thorne do as a living, they doctor nature for global organisms who employ them for this purpose.

What this experiment measures is not what is pictured in Thorne’s graphic. Watch the video. Is he saying anything to indicate that the graphic he is showing is not what is measured? On the contrary. He is explicitly stating that the experiment proves precisely that space is “warped as indicated in the diagram.” This is a lie. There is no connection between the graphic and the experiment that purports to measure a property of spacetime.

In this press conference we see clearly how physics, school, government, media and the military work in cooperation to design a cosmogonic mythology for the consumption of the consumers. Kip Thorne is simply a hired authority symbol stamping the good physics stamp on this science payload. He is just helping the gears of the giant organism of physics-school-government-media-military to turn smoothly.

Thorne is a physicist and you would expect that he will stamp his authority on whoever pays him. And here it’s NASA. Warped spacetime . . . warped space . . . or warped logic? Whatever. Just give us the money, Thorne declares in the name of NASA.

Kip Thorne proves that physics is a cargo cult that will verify visual puns and photoshopped spacetimes experimentally for any paying customer.

Slides for this post.

Dark flow and Big Bang

It’s interesting to witness live the marketing engine of NASA inventing a new physical quantity with the help of the media and the blogosphere. The hidden assumptions of cosmology and the conflation of science of astronomy with cosmogonic myth of Big Bang proves that our era is one of those times when science is dominated by charlatanism.

Cosmologists view the microwave background – a flash of light emitted 380,000 years after the big bang – as the universe’s ultimate reference frame. Relative to it, all large-scale motion should show no preferred direction.

Not true. There is no passage from astronomical to cosmological without passing through charlatanism. Whatever radiation observed by NASA is astronomical and never cosmic. See the Famous Big Bang trope.

Dark Flow and Big Bang

It’s interesting to witness live the marketing engine of NASA inventing a new physical quantity with the help of the media and the blogosphere. The hidden assumptions of cosmology and the conflation of science of astronomy with cosmogonic myth of Big Bang proves that our era is one of those times when science is dominated by charlatanism.

Cosmologists view the microwave background – a flash of light emitted 380,000 years after the big bang – as the universe’s ultimate reference frame. Relative to it, all large-scale motion should show no preferred direction.

Not true. There is no passage from astronomical to cosmological without passing through charlatanism. Whatever radiation observed by NASA is astronomical and never cosmic. See the Famous Big Bang trope.