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Please tell me you do not believe in the Flat Earth nonsense going 'round.
Well, I'm careful whenever I go to the end of the b;lock to make sure I don't fall off and I wondered how I stuck to the earth when I was in the southern hemisphere. I've even been to the equator and didn't see any curving of the sidewalk.
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Walt Fair, Jr., P. E. Comport Computing Specializing in Technical Engineering Software
The thing is that for the last five decades I've watched these people come up with bright idea after bright idea, and great discovery after great discovery, every time declaring that everything they say is the absolute truth, and almost every time backing away from the idea later -- after real scientists (i.e. Physicists, not stargazing speculators and con-men seeking acclaim and grants) have proven them wrong.
Exoplanets and photos of black holes are only the latest in a long, long series of claims.
Fool me once, shame on me; try to fool me 700 times, take a hike.
I wanna be a eunuchs developer! Pass me a bread knife!
Scientists NEVER say they have the absolute truth, at least not any real ones. You get your facts from popular media which always overplays these things, always. The reason that science is so powerful and basically has given you pretty much everything you have is BECAUSE it doesn't consider anything absolute. It only has degrees of certainty and error bars. Unlike dogmatic systems, there's nothing in the world a young scientist would want to do more than overthrow some long standing theory.
Though of course these days they are never actually overthrown, not the ones that have been well tested. Long years of hard core tests that pass prove that a theory has predictive power. But, it may only have that power within a particular set of conditions that we can currently test. Go beyond that, and you may need something more. But that something more isn't going to suddenly make all those measurements invalid. That theory will just subsume the old one.
For instance, Einstein didn't invalidate Newtonian physics. The vast majority of the world and even space travel still uses Newtonian physics and it works perfectly well. What changed was the mental model of what causes gravity, and that new model works at speeds and gravities that Newtonian physics doesn't.
At some point, there may be a new theory that subsumes general relativity, but it won't make relativity invalid, it will just provide a new mental model that deals with an even broader realm of conditions. But no one can assume it is the ultimate one.
One thing that confuses many people who don't get science is that science has two big branches. One is figure out the ultimate roots of reality type stuff, and the other is get stuff done. The latter (and bigger) branch only requires that the model work very accurately, not that it represent the ultimate explanation of reality. Theories are validated based on how accurately they predict what will happen for the most part, not based on more metaphysical concerns.
The folks who are trying to figure out the ultimate roots of reality are not in the same sort of business. They can't really test their theories in many cases, which means it's not science in the strictest sense. And they can't run tests, they can only examine the one universe we have. It's a very tough row to hoe, since they don't have many of the tools that would normally be available to scientists.
Well you clearly didn't get these ideas from reading the actual papers, or you'd not be making such incorrect claims. The only place you get that kind of misinformation is from the popular press, or wingnuts who aren't part of the respectable scientific establishment.
So, science being what it is, do share your research papers. I'm sure those who actually do it for a living are anxious to read your alternatives and are standing by to replace their current understanding of the universe with what you've come up with.
When I'm falling from the sky after all the engines exploded on my plane due to an alien reptilian firing laser beams from it's eyes after hitching a ride on an Earth Killing asteroid (OK, so my nightmares are fairly specific - I'm a programmer, it's who I am) then the thing I'll be cursing at, apart from the indignity of missing the end of "A Star is Born" on that tiny seat-back screen, is that I will have died before they work out what's causing the acceleration of the universal expansion. Or indeed: if it's really expanding (Cue dramatic music)
So yes, that makes me sad that you feel that way too.
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