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Creation 41(4):51, October 2019

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Dark matter search comes up empty



An online news site reported: “Scientists looking for invisible dark matter can’t find any.”1 The so-called Large Underground Xenon Experiment was located in a hole a mile (1½ km) underground in an old gold mine. It involved a detector consisting of about 1/3 tonne of super-cooled liquid xenon in a tank festooned with light sensors, each capable of detecting a single photon.

But alas, no dark matter particles were detected. In fact, for at least 40 years now no experiment looking for these has found anything.

So what next for dark matter enthusiasts, i.e. most big-bang believers? The plan is to build a bigger detector, only this time costing $50 million and 70 times more sensitive. Such is the mindset! It is fervently believed the elusive stuff must exist, despite not a shred of experimental evidence for dark matter’s existence.

The only basis for this faith in the existence of dark matter is from cosmological considerations.2,3,4

In fact, the very survival of the big bang paradigm is at stake here, which strongly drives the relentless search for dark matter. That’s because when observational data for the alleged expansion of the universe is compared to standard big bang theory, dark matter is needed as a ‘fudge’.5 Without most of the universe being composed of invisible, unknown dark matter and dark energy, the big bang model collapses. The state now reached in cosmology could be called a ‘dark matter crisis’.

But I suggest the big bang itself is a failed paradigm, and every failed experiment just digs the hole deeper—pun intended.

The reason is ultimately because the paradigm itself is based on a false foundation: that is, that the universe is the product of only matter and natural law, and that it has evolved to its current state over 13.8 billion years, which is not the case.

Though there may still be yet-undiscovered particles, dark matter—supposedly comprising 80% of all the matter in the Galaxy, yet invisible—sounds more and more like a tall story than real physics.

References and notes

  1. Borenstein, S., Scientists looking for invisible dark matter can’t find any, phys.org, 21 Jul 2016. Return to text.
  2. Hartnett, J.G., Why is dark matter everywhere in the cosmos?, 31 Mar 2015. Return to text.
  3. Hartnett, J.G., Spiral galaxy rotation curves determined from Carmelian general relativity, Int. J. Theor. Phys. 45(11):2118–2136, Nov 2006. This work shows that using non-standard Cosmological General Relativity theory (a different theory to Einstein’s GR) one does not need to assume the existence of dark matter there. Return to text.
  4. Recently it has been shown that the unusual motion of stars in spiral galaxies can be explained with conventional physics. There is no need to assume the existence of dark matter. See creation.com/dark-matter-mysteryReturn to text.
  5. Hartnett, J.G., Big bang beliefs:busted Creation 37(3):48–51, 2015; creation.com/big-bang-beliefs-bustedReturn to text.