Author Archives: Mel Acheson

Wishing for Theories

  Dec 5, 2014 The Wishing Well Cluster in the southern sky is twice the size of the full Moon. The conjectures about how it works are as varied as the colors of its stars. The consensus conjecture of stellar … Continue reading

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Artistic Spin

m4s0n501   Dec 03, 2014 European astronomers have discovered that some quasar spin axes are aligned with the Large Scale Structure (LSS) in which they’re embedded. The Electric Universe (EU) also expects quasars to be aligned with the larger Birkeland … Continue reading

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An Itsy-Bitsy Spider

  Dec 01, 2014 ESO (European Southern Observatory) has announced the discovery of a “huge” star-forming region obscured by dust in the Spiderweb Galaxy protocluster. Alternatively, it may be a tiny spatter of dusty plasma ejected from a nearby galaxy. … Continue reading

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Paradigm and Perception

  Nov 24, 2014 Some thoughts upon re-reading Thomas Kuhn’s 1962 essay, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. His thesis was an instance of itself. The prevalent opinion was that scientific knowledge accumulates incrementally toward ever more accurate approximations of “the truth”, embodied in … Continue reading

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Blast of Gas

  Sep 02, 2014 The large ALMA radio telescope in Chile has discovered that “billowing columns” of “gas” are “fleeing” from gravitational forces that would snare them into new stars. The size of the Sculptor Galaxy depends on the outcome. Unless, … Continue reading

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Puzzles and Paradigms

  Aug 27, 2014 No one buys a jigsaw puzzle that’s pre-assembled. The point of interest in buying the puzzle lies in the process of assembly more than the finally-assembled picture. And the motivation for buying is the promise of … Continue reading

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Butterflies on a String

  Aug 07, 2014 Modern astronomy has a planetary nebula (PN) problem: Gravity can’t do what PNs do. Astronomers invent a kind of pseudo-magnetism to fill the explanatory holes. This pseudo-magnetism is a reified presumption that’s unplugged from the electric currents … Continue reading

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Gravitation as Frog

  Jul 31, 2014 A gravity-only Universe cannot explain certain discrepancies. Ilya Prigogine, from a young age, was concerned that accepted physical theory had a couple of glaring discrepancies from observation: determinism and time symmetry. Most observations are of contingency … Continue reading

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The Color Purple

  Jul 29, 2014 Rediscovering F. A. Hayek’s The Sensory Order has been exciting. Hayek began his inquiry into the foundations of theoretical psychology in 1919 before specializing in economics (and winning a Nobel Prize in that latter field in 1974). … Continue reading

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More Stars Than the Eye of Theory Can See

  Jun 19, 2014 A second generation of stars in the globular cluster NGC 6752 stopped evolving. Perhaps they’re waiting for a better theory. The idea that stars evolve is one of those unjustifiable preconceptions with which observations are interpreted and … Continue reading

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