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Big Bangs & Black Holes - What's in a Name?

28 Sep 2014, 23:14 UTC
Big Bangs & Black Holes - What's in a Name?
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On occasion, when pseudo-scientists are hard-up for REAL evidence for their claims, they start to attack the terminology.In science, this can be especially tricky as the names are usually just convenient labels for underlying concepts, like the word RED representing the color. No one would argue about that, WOULD THEY?In many cases, the name is just a term used to label a phenomena until a better understanding is developed, like Dark Matter, and neutrinos and other topics. I've written a little on this before in regards to some Electric Universe claims (see On Magnetic Reconnection and "Discharges", On Dark Matter. II: An Exotic Hack?).Sometimes the shorter name is adopted just to avoid long-winded descriptions when discussing a topic! It generally only causes a problem if one is metaphorically-impaired.Rocket Racoon: "Metaphors go over his head."Drax the Destroyer: "NOTHING goes over my head!... My reflexes are too fast, I would catch it."-- "Guardians of the Galaxy" (2014) (IMDB) In the pre-1950s literature, the model of the universe based on the expanding FLRW metric (Wikipedia) was often referred to as the 'expanding universe' model. Fred Hoyle, who was an advocate of the competing "Steady State" cosmology (Wikipedia: Steady State Theory), used the term ...

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