Author Archives: Mel Acheson

How You Know

  Jul 29, 2015 Another epistemological tour de force. Probable, Possible, my black hen, She lays eggs in the Relative When. She doesn’t lay eggs in the Positive Now Because she’s unable to postulate how. — The Space Child’s Mother Goose … Continue reading

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Another Fogged Image of Stephan’s Quintet

  July 20, 2015 This image of Stephan’s Quintet is befogged with the same obsolete commentary as previous images: the foreground galaxy, collisions, shock waves, and heat. Editor’s note: Please enjoy this Picture of the Day from July 20, 2009. … Continue reading

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Captives of Simplifying Assumptions

  Jul 14, 2015 “Our choicest plans have fallen through, our airiest castles tumbled over, because of lines we neatly drew and later neatly stumbled over.” — Piet Hein GROOKS I was checking out the dynamics describing the orbit of SOHO, … Continue reading

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Astronomy in Collision

  Jul 8, 2015 Modern astronomy is like a blind man, panicked, without his cane, running. There are collisions. It’s not because astronomy has lost its sight; it’s because it has gained a second sight, another sense beyond the five … Continue reading

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The True Disbeliever

  Jun 17, 2015 “I’ll believe it when I see it” could be the motto of the empiricist. His not unreasonable belief is that reasonable belief in an idea should be governed by tests that give results which can be … Continue reading

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Wishing for Theories

  Jun 11, 2015 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 evolution … Continue reading

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Artistic Spin

  Jun 09, 2015 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 currents … Continue reading

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An Itsy-Bitsy Spider

  Jun 04, 2015 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. The … Continue reading

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Paradigm and Perception

  May 26, 2015 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 facts … Continue reading

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Gravity vs. Plasma

  May 25, 2015 Kuhn’s 1962 essay (The Structure of Scientific Revolutions) exploring the nature of changes in scientific theories, and a plethora of commentaries since, have made it out to be a Big Deal and to be also somewhat … Continue reading

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