The big-bang–based “mystery” is why the universe consists almost exclusively of matter.
That line frames part of the discussion in a recent New York Times article on research at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. Although we mentioned the research two weeks back, the Times article has a more blatant evolutionary spin we wanted to analyze.
The big-bang–based “mystery” is why the universe consists almost exclusively of matter. Astrophysics models predict the big bang should have produced an equal amount of matter and antimatter, which would have immediately detonated one another and thereby destroyed the universe immediately after it began. To a scientist who believes all existence traces back to the big bang, that’s one big puzzle.
The research in the news concerns particle accelerator collisions of protons and antiprotons that produced matter slightly more often than antimatter—about a one percent difference. While that doesn’t solve physicists’ problem, it gives them a lead to follow.
What we find puzzling is these physicists’ tacit faith. Until now, the big bang model has predicted that we—life, earth, the universe—shouldn’t exist at all. Yet physicists embraced and continue to embrace the big bang model, seemingly obviating the scientific demand for theories to survive falsification. Further (and something we’ve noted before), it’s interesting how these “difficulties” in evolutionary and big bang models usually come to light in the news only after some breakthrough has been made that provides a modicum of hope in the model.
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