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May 6, 2008

More On Black Holes

Flights Of Mathematical Fancy Versus Reality

Some mathematical processes approximate phenomena in the real world over limited ranges closely enough to enable useful models and predictions. It's extremely useful, for example, to be reasonably sure that a bridge of a given design will stand up under the required load without having to build it and run a train over it to find out. But how closely the two correlate can only be established by observation. A pervasive view seems to have taken over much of today's science that reality is somehow obligated to conform to systems of formal symbol manipulation devised by humans.

Dr. Jeremy Dunning-Davies, a Senior Lecturer in Theoretical Physics at the University of Hull, England, also Chairman of the Santilli - Einstein Academy of Sciences, the Santilli-Galilei Association on Scientific Truth, and a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, has contributed a guest article to the Thunderbolts Electric Universe web site entitled "The Overrated 'Masters' of the Universe," that takes modern physics to task for just this kind of transgression. In particular, Dr. Dunning-Davis questions the dogmatic insistence on black holes as established fact, and the closing of ranks among the powers that dominate who shall be published and funded to protect the canons of Special and General Relativity from serious evaluation and criticism.

Some excerpts:

There are those in our midst who seem to believe that, once again, man is on the thresh-hold of discovering the answers to the final secrets of the Universe. This is undoubtedly an echo from the final years of the nineteenth century but, after that period of premature claims, one might have expected a little more reticence from the modern godfathers of world science. However, sensibly keeping quiet does not seem a virtue of these people . . .

One further surprising aspect of much of conventional wisdom is that the originators of much of this body of knowledge would have welcomed discussion and even criticism, provided that criticism was constructive. In this day and age, however, people who disagree with conventional wisdom do not face discussion and constructive criticism; rather they are either quietly ignored or destroyed.

[A]lthough the conventional ‘big bang’ school rules out all interference from outside and demands that everyone describe everything in terms of the gravitational force, the electric universe adherents, while being able to describe so much, so accurately, make no attempt to rule out gravity completely even though it is such a weak force by comparison. This open-mindedness and unwillingness to completely ignore something is surely an indication of the true way of science.

Full article online at http://www.thunderbolts.info:80/thunderblogs/archives/guests08/032708_guest_dunning-davies.htm Referred to me by my friend James Parker.

Another good friend, Scott Lockwood from West Texas, recently raised a related point that struck me as so simple and obvious that I was amazed at not having come across it before (or having thought of it myself, for that matter). Essentially, we're told that as observed from our frame of reference, time would slow down for anything approaching a black hole, until at the event horizon it stands still, with objects that have entered the hole appearing to be frozen permanently at the edge. So if nothing, as far as we're concerned, ever made it to the point of entering, how could we detect any effects of something that had "consumed" anything at all? In short, external observers would have to wait infinite amount of their observer time to observe any result, which means that the black hole has no physical meaning for them.

It turns out that this point is covered in a recent book by Professor Dunning Davies entitled Exploding A Myth, dealing with black holes and related issues.

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