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The First Crisis in Cosmology Conferance

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About the Alternative Cosmology Group<br />"The Alternative Cosmology Group (ACG) was initiated with the Open Letter on Cosmology written to the scientific community and published in New Scientist, May 22, 2004. The letter points to the fundamental problems of the Big Bang theory, and to the unjustified limiting of cosmological funding to work within the Big Bang framework. The epicyclic character of the theory, piling ad-hoc hypothesis upon hypothesis, its incompleteness and the appearance of a singularity in the big bang universe beginning require consideration of alternatives. This has become particularly necessary with the increasing number of observations that contradict the theory's predictions. Big Bang cosmology has been in a crisis since the early 90's when the Cold Dark Matter model began to fail. Fifteen years later, this crisis has worsened, despite the addition of dark energy. Observations fail to show the dramatic differences between the high-redshift and local universe required by the Big Bang theory. We still find normal galaxies, heavy elements, strings and clusters of galaxies at the further and further shifting outskirts of the observable universe. The anisotropy of the cosmic background radiation, the existence of very large-scale structures, the cosmic anisotropy to electromagnetic wave propagation are among many observations that contradict Big Bang expectations. At the same time, non-Big Bang alternatives have increasingly shown promise to coherently explain the observations and to predict new phenomena. We believe, therefore, that a shift in effort in cosmology to these alternatives is essential if the field is to advance. "<br /><br />From http://www.cosmology.info<br /><br />I’ve read the report from the first ever “Crisis in Cosmology Conference (available for $100.00 at http://www.cosmology.info/2005conference <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> Intellectual honesty means being willing to challenge yourself instead of others </div>
 
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Though many papers against GR were presented, the following highlights were in the main body of the CCC1 report.<br /><br />• Dr. Riccardo Scarpa of the European Southern Observatory, Santiago Chili who works with the Very Large Telescope array at Paranal presented MOND, which posts a breakdown of Newton’s law of gravity where the dependence becomes linear with an asymptotic value of acceleration, what Scarpa calls the “weak gravitational regime.” MOND is already in use and has presented astronomers with a 100% success rate in evaluating globular clusters.<br /><br />• Tom Andrews, a retired electrical engineer, presented a paper where the values of type 1A supernovae (SNe) were compared to bright cluster galaxies. “It was expected, since the light from the SNe and the bright galaxies traverses the same space to get to us, that that the latter should also be anomalously dimmed. They clearly are not. The orthodox explanation for the SNe dimming – that it is the result of the progressive expansion of space – is thereby refuted. He puts a further nail in the coffin by citing Goldhaber’s study of SNe light curves, which did not reveal the second predicted light-broadening effect due to time dilation. Says Andrews: “The Hubble redshift of Fourier harmonic frequencies [for SNe] shown to broaden the light curve at the observer by (1+z). Since the broadening spreads the total luminosity over a longer time period, the apparent luminosity at the observer is decreased by the same factor. This accounts quantitatively for the dimming of SNe. On the other hand, no anomalous dimming occurs for galaxies since the luminosity remains constant over time periods much longer than the light travel time to the observe. This effect is consistent with the non-expanding Universe model.” (quoting Ratcliffe’s report). <br /><br />• Dr. Tom Van Flandern noted “The Big Bang has never achieved a true prediction success where the theory was placed at risk of falsification before the results were known” <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> Intellectual honesty means being willing to challenge yourself instead of others </div>
 
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