THE POP SCI PRESS IS STARTING TO PICK SIDES OVER THE COPERNICAN PRINCIPLE!
Commentary by: Rick Delano
President: Stellar Motion Pictures
Producer/Writer: The Principle
Three major stories talking about the place and significance of earth in the universe have appeared in the major popular science press recently, and those of you who have watched The Principle will feel like the pop sci world is finally starting to catch up!
We will be publishing examinations of each of these stories and of the studies which have inspired them in the coming months.
First up, New Science magazine published in its October 2016 edition a story whose title says it all:
“The Universe Lines Up With The Axis Of Evil. Coincidence?” ( https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg23230970-700-cosmic-coincidences-everything-points-in-one-direction/? utm_source=NSNS&utm_medium=ILC&utm_campaign=webpush&cmpid=ILC%7CNSNS%7C2 016-GLOBAL-webpush-UNIVERCOIN )
Most of the attention is focused on a paper titled “Preferred axes in cosmology”, which posted on the Cornell University preprint site arxiv.org ( https://arxiv.org/pdf/1604.05484v3.pdf ) on May 16, 2016,
To read this paper is to understand that everything we tell you about the “Axis of Evil” in “The Principle” has been not merely confirmed, but extended in ways that ultimately point even more strongly in the direction of universe-spanning alignments of galaxies, quasars, and other objects with supposedly-insignificant Earth.
Just take a look at some of the conclusions:
“Among all the anomalies, several ones are direction dependent. For instance, the alignment of the CMB low multipoles, for example, from l = 2 to l = 5 seem to be pointing to a common direction. If the explanation for this anomaly is cosmological, it indicates that there is a preferred direction in our universe, which is a significant violation of the cosmological principle.”
And here the Big One is dropped:
“Most importantly, we find that all these preferred directions are coincident with the direction of CMB kinematic dipole.”
“CMB kinematic dipole” is the term for the most prominent feature in the CMB, a thousand times more prominent than the quadrupole and octupole, and which is universally assumed to result from the velocity of our local group of galaxies.
BUT…..in addition to the CMB alignments, the paper points out:
“…..preferred directions were also reported in a number of other cosmological observations: the velocity flows , quasar alignment , anisotropy of the cosmic acceleration [26, 27], the handedness of spiral galaxies , and angular distribution of the fine-structure constant . Even though there are many debates [30–34], it was also reported that all these preferred directions seem to coincide with the CMB kinematic dipole.”
It means that the universe, on its very largest scales, is picking out a special direction RELATED TO US.
But that is completely preposterous, you say.
It would mean that all of science over the past 500 years has gotten it wrong on the very idea that brought the modern world into existence.
That is exactly what it means, and it is exactly what we now see.
The data have been carefully checked and re-checked over the past dozen years or so and the results are in:
“If these anomalies are due to cosmological effects…they indicate the violation of the cosmological principle. So, one should consider to build a new cosmological model to explain the large scale data.”
If any of you remember our very first trailer for “The Principle”- the one that stirred up such a firestorm of controversy- feel free to go ahead and chuckle.
We summed up the essential result of these latest studies in Kate Mulgrew’s very first line: “Everything we think we know about our universe is wrong.”
We have waited now, for two years, for the scientific community to work its way through the new data, and we are happy to report to you that our film was the very first to report these anomalies, and that the scientific content of “The Principle” stands as solid as a rock today.
But get ready, because the other side of the pop science press has decided upon a novel approach to rescue the Copernican Principle, and hence standard cosmology itself, from oblivion.
More on that next time.