This started with a prediction I made back in 2015. But before we get to the fulfillment, let me give you a little context for the prediction.
The Big Bang theory has a number of unsolvable problems. Unsolvable, that is, if you restrict yourselves to the laws of physics. The problems - some of which I'll review shortly - are so severe they are enough to disprove the theory. But the Big Bang theory is, for all practical purposes, secular religion. It is the origin story for those who refuse to believe the Biblical account. Thus they will not give it up. For any reason. Even if the evidence clearly indicates otherwise.
So what do secular scientists do when the evidence proves the Big Bang to be false? They make up stories. Stories they call science. Never mind they have no evidence for them, can't test them, and can't quantify them. Never mind that all they can do is tell us to believe since they cannot prove it scientifically. This, for them is the holy grail of cosmic origin stories, and therefore they'll not let it go. I mentioned problems with the big bang, so let me give you some examples.
Some Big Bang Problems
So that's a little background on how Big Bang theorists deal with Big Bang problems - they make up stories or entities to keep the theory alive. Back in August of 2015 I highlighted evidence being investigated and reported on by two separate sets of researchers. The evidence suggests that the earth sits in the center of massive, galactic sized ring of galaxies. If true this is bad news because the big bang requires that the universe be homogeneous and isotropic. Homogeneous refers to the assumption that matter in the universe is evenly distributed throughout. Isotropic means that when looking at a sufficiently large scale, the universe should look the same in all directions. So regardless of the direction you look in, the universe should look the same. This is known as the Cosmological principle. But if in fact we are sitting in the center of massive galactic ring of galaxies - that poses problems for the big bang. First, it invalidates the theory because the universe would not be homogenous and isotropic. Second there would be a structure to the universe that should not be there. The Big Bang - as proposed - does not allow for such a structure.
More importantly than invalidating the theory, such evidence would require an explanation - if theorist want to keep the theory alive as we know they do. But such an explanation was not part of the theory as it existed at the time. So I predicted scientists would come up with some story to explain these new observations: why there is a structure to the universe, and why - if the initial evidence is correct - the earth is sitting in the center of this structure.
A Fairy tale solution
As predicted, scientists have worked to save their beloved theory. They have come up with a new story, though the hero is a familiar one. Drum roll please - and the hero is: Dark matter. But in this incarnation Dark Matter solves so many problems its no mere hero. It takes on the aura of a bonafide superhero. And it is helped in one feat by another storied hero from the past: Cosmic Inflation. Here is a list of problems remaining (even after Inflation had done its initial magic in the old school explanation) that the new hero must address and conquer:
This structure was not predicted by the Big Bang in its initial incarnation, so it's very problematic. But with the introduction of the new superhero - Dark Matter - all these problems are taken care of:
There you have it. Once again, dark matter is the hero, making the impossible possible. In this case working hand in hand with the equally hypothetical, invisible, undetected and impossible entity - Cosmic Inflation. Here's how they work together to produce the observed structure that spans the universe:
Thus as triumphal music begins to play at the close of this superhero movie, Dark Matter takes credits as the hero in the title role - solving all the lingering problems for the Big Bang theory. And in true superhero fashion it itself remains mysterious - a secretive, unproven, hypothetical substance: unseen, undetected, unverified. But mysteries are for another day. For today, according to the Big Bang gang, Dark matter is triumphant, taking all credit for saving the big bang story. It is now so central to the story, that it created the stars, the galaxies, even us. (The speculation is the atoms of our bodies may be made up from atoms created as the result of dark matter particles colliding, annihilating each other and creating regular matter - that found its way to us.) And thus scientists can conclude:
So there you have it: the further expansion of
the big bang fairy tale. Granted - they did not mention the ringed
structure by name, but they unequivocally mentioned the "large scale
structure" that "spans the known universe." And just as it's easy
to explain tracks in the ground once you identify the animal making
them, it will be easy to explain circular tracks in the sky now that
they've identified the big bang hero that will have made them: Dark Matter.
And so I'm calling this prediction - fulfilled.
1. As viewed
in the WMAP (Wilkinson Microwave Anistropy Probe) data per
astrophysicist David Spergle.
2. For more
on the problems measuring the age of stars and the universe,
see my article "Age
of the universe: 13.75 Billion years- Fact or Faith
3. Signers of the Big Bang critical statement "An Open Letter to the Scientific Community" published in New Scientist on May 22, 2004 state:
You can read the entire
Evolution's Achille's Heel, Creation Ministries
International, DVD documentary, 2014