The image above reveals the
merging of deception and prejudice.
Apr 02, 2009
press release accompanying the image
explains that it shows the collision of two galactic clusters, which separates
gas from mass:
"Using optical images from Hubble, the team was able to infer the distribution
of the total mass (colored in blue)—dark and ordinary matter—using a technique
known as gravitational lensing. The Chandra data enabled the astronomers to
accurately map the position of the ordinary matter, mostly in the form of hot
gas, which glows brightly in X-rays (pink) … The separation between the material
shown in pink and blue therefore provides direct evidence for dark matter…."
The deception lies in the blue glow juxtaposed with the pink: The pink came from
detection of x-ray radiation; the blue came from computer modeling of a belief.
The prejudice lies in equating that belief with “direct evidence.”
This merging has accompanied the
ostracism of critics and dissenters and the
data that is contrary to, even contradictory
of, the consensual faith. The credo of falsification is recited in public and
flouted in practice. The “technique” of gravitational lensing has become a
desperate ploy to defend an uncritical and institutionalized faith in obsolete
mechanistic theories against the space-age discoveries of electrical and
magnetic activity in the previously unsuspected plasma that fills space.
Acknowledging that the universe is composed not of hot gas but of plasma
provides direct interpretations of the image: The blue glow of
computer-generated “faerie dust” disappears. The remaining images of optical and
x-ray radiation indicate the proliferation of
ejections, pinches, and other instabilities
plasma discharges. These phenomena can be
generated and observed in labs and need not be taken on faith in extrapolations
from theories whose applicability is doubtful.
Because the belief that redshift indicates distance has been
discredited by observations of connections
between high-and-low-redshift objects, the distance and therefore the size and
energy of this cluster is likely much less than the faithful declaim. The
“narrow vision” of modern astronomers and their instruments blinds them to this
cluster’s likely association with a nearby active galaxy, from which it may have
With the faith-based
deception and prejudice removed, we are able to see this
image as a cluster of cosmic “sparks” flying from a galactic
size “thunderbolt” of plasma.
By Mel Acheson