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Posted by richard david/">richard david on July 26, 1999 21:47:29 UTC

Remember that discussion on the possible variability of the speed of light about two weeks ago. Well, this week's on-line edition of New Scientist has an article on the fact that the speed of light may not be a constant by John Barrow, author of many books on Physics and Cosmology. You can find his article under the header, "Nothing's sacred" at http://www.newscientist.com/ He describes theories based on variable speeds of light in the early universe that would replace inflation theory in explaining the flatness problem,and also explains the smallness of the cosmological constant, which he claims is also variable and was extremely large early on in the history of the universe. But he also describes astronomical measurements of distant quasar light made by him and his students that suggest the the speed of light was constant for billions of years back in time. Frankly, the constantsy of the speed of light has been an article of my faith in science. I also believed in one universe. Now Inflation theorists and String theorists say that out universe is just a speck in a vast multitude of universes. And things exist, virtual things, and that entanglement thing in the EPR paradox of Aspects experiment,that go faster than the speed of light. And empty space is full of these virtual things. So the high priests of science take away the cornerstones of my belief system and try to replace them with ghosts. Read the latest string theory papers. They are full of ghosts. They claim that they try to avoid them, but they use them all the same. No wonder some of us have trouble with scientific belief. It's getting too supernatural. What's left for a good old fashioned conservative materialist?

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