Over the last decade, our knowledge of comets has greatly increased – several probes sent out to meet these frostily glowing harbingers of doom have returned vast quantities of data. But curiously, our understanding has not similarly increased. Often, we read that scientists are saying that new data will require a back to the drawing board approach. Yet what we get is stale retreads of the same old, same old. When I was a boy, scientists were men, and would tear apart old theories and construct a new paradigm every morning before breakfast. Not so much these days, it seems.
Here with the details is James Hogan, sf author.
I’ve posted about the Electric Universe ideas previously, here. While I am fully aware of the dangers of heresy – not so much burning at the stake, but the near certainty of being wrong – I become more and more convinced that modern science has gotten a little off track. The way research is funded almost guarantees that much study is devoted to adding ever more intricate filigree to existing theories – because those theories were proposed by the people who are now controlling grants and degrees. A lot of our advances come not from young punks speaking truth to scientific power, but from established scientists with tenure commenting on another field altogether. Alvarez, the physicist, and his dinosaur killer is merely the most famous episode.