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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.

Readers’ comments

King T.
The emperor’s clothes are so dark and invisible as to be, well, non-existent!
The very proposal of dark matter seems to be completely contradictory in that it is supposed to have such a massive effect on the observable universe whilst simultaneously being non-interactive with normal matter. Good luck in detecting and then demonstrating something with such mysterious properties. It sounds almost spiritual. Great faith is indeed is required.
Abe M.
This quote says it all about what really goes on in the secular camp: “It is fervently believed the elusive stuff must exist, despite not a shred of experimental evidence for dark matter’s existence.” =).

That’s all folks, literally! =).
Terry D P.
Looking out into the night sky, I see lots of “dark stuff/matter” between all those twinkling stars.
Doesn't all that clearly visible “dark stuff/matter” mean anything.
[Please forgive my attempt at humour/irony.]
Thomas R.
Instead of looking didn’t dark matter, why don’t they just make some in the lab?

Serious question.

If they think they know what it is, and what its properties are, and what it would “look like” in an experiment, why aren’t they spending their time trying to make it instead?
Jonathan Sarfati
Some experiments are trying to detect dark matter candidates, such as the proposed Weakly interacting massive particles (WIMPs). Although dark matter is supposed not to interact with electromagnetic forces, they hope that the WIMPs will collide with nuclei that do interact. But no success as yet.
Bill P.
Yes their paradigm (religion, faith) is based on a false foundation which is motivated by “the father of all lies”, this is their god. He is good at twisting the truth into a lie and pulling the wool over the eyes of those who have rejected “The Love of The Truth”. What he can not do is create anything from nothing. Only The GOD of Jacob can create from nothing.
They say our religion (Christianity) is not science and therefore can not explain anything in the heavens or the earth. They error because they are unable to see that first of all “True Christianity” is NOT a religion invented by men but it is an intimate, person to person (face to face) relationship w/The Creator of heaven and earth and “everything” in them. This relationship also opens the eyes of those who believe (as Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob did) in The Lord God of Israel and that HE created the heavens and earth, judged the whole world w/a global flood in the days of Noah, was later born in the flesh to fulfill Scripture and redeem man, and is returning (soon I believe) to rule over ALL the nations in HIS Kingdom. Only then when HE returns will those who claim to be wiser than The Living GOD at last stop looking for “dark matter”.
Pratha S.
Despite all that has been said, I never believed that dark matter existed. It was just another argument that the evolutionists used to try to explain their view of a Godless universe. You keep hoping that they’ll change their mind about all this and turn to the living God, but unfortunately they want to believe that everything got here without God. Instead of putting God at the top, they want to put man at the top.
Jonathan Sarfati
I wouldn't want to say that it was entirely evolutionary. Some YEC astronomers think that there is dark matter. But I, like Dr Hartnett, find the arguments for it wanting.
Jeff M.
As long as there are questions, people will seek to find answers. It’s what the author John Wyndham called “The outward urge”. I am sure you didn’t take your degrees just for the hell of it. You wanted to know. Can you name a scientist who just gave up?
Jonathan Sarfati
Well, I had better accept what Wyndham says, because I wouldn’t want to be attacked by triffids.

I can name plenty of evolutionists who gave up. For instance, many gave up finding functions for important organs such as the appendix and thymus after dismissing them as vestigial. They did the same for supposed junk DNA. Both of these are science stoppers. Australian geneticist Dr John Mattick, CEO of Genomics England, said:

I think my most important professional achievement has been to be the first to recognise that the human genome is not largely junk, but rather (that the 98.5% that does not code for proteins) specifies a massive hidden layer of regulatory RNAs that organise our development and provides the platform for brain function.

This explains many mysteries, including the fact that the human genome contains the same number (20,000) and largely the same repertoire of conventional (protein-coding) genes as simple nematode worms with only 1,000 cells, so the information that produces a human must lie elsewhere. If correct, this is a huge development in the understanding of the human genome.

Previously, while he was still in Australia, he had stated:

The failure to recognise the implications of the non-coding [‘junk’] DNA will go down as the biggest mistake in the history of molecular biology.

Michael B.
The idea that there is 5× more out there in the universe than we can see truly leaves me shaking my head.
How much consideration did NASA give to dark matter in their flight to Pluto? (or any of the other planets)
How about meteors? Shouldn't there be much more dark matter sailing through our atmosphere than real matter? or maybe it does but it leaves dark photons in its wake so we never know it happened. Hopefully the followers of these scientist will finally be embarrassed enough to leave and seek out the Truth.
Your Brother in Christ,
Geoff K.
Further experimentation in search of dark matter/energy is an incredibly selfish and senseless waste of time, money and other valuable resources, which could be used to solve the many more important issues facing mankind at this time. Sadly we will continue to see this sort of waste when people blinded by their own sense of importance fail to devise plans to drain the swamp when they find themselves up to their armpits in crocodiles.
Luke M.
With apologies, I practically laughed out loud at the news headline shown at the beginning of this article. While I understand the seriousness of the desperate search for dark matter the idea that not finding something invisible struck me as laughably logical.

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