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From the press release: In this ground-breaking new history of early America, historian Robert Zimmerman not only exposes the lie behind The New York Times 1619 Project that falsely claims slavery is central to the history of the United States, he also provides profound lessons about the nature of human societies, lessons important for Americans today as well as for all future settlers on Mars and elsewhere in space.

 
Conscious Choice: The origins of slavery in America and why it matters today and for our future in outer space, is a riveting page-turning story that documents how slavery slowly became pervasive in the southern British colonies of North America, colonies founded by a people and culture that not only did not allow slavery but in every way were hostile to the practice.  
Conscious Choice does more however. In telling the tragic history of the Virginia colony and the rise of slavery there, Zimmerman lays out the proper path for creating healthy societies in places like the Moon and Mars.

 

“Zimmerman’s ground-breaking history provides every future generation the basic framework for establishing new societies on other worlds. We would be wise to heed what he says.” —Robert Zubrin, founder of founder of the Mars Society.

 

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New data challenges consensus on galaxy formation

The uncertainty of science: A new study has found that the accepted consensus for the formation of large elliptical galaxies does not work, and that, rather than forming from the merger of smaller spiral galaxies, ellipticals formed in place from the material at hand.

From the press release [pdf].

“We started from the data, available in complete form only for the closer galaxies and in incomplete form for the more distant ones, and we filled the ‘gaps’ by interpreting and extending the data based on a scenario we devised” comments Mancuso. The analysis also took into account the phenomenon of gravitational lensing, which allows us to observe very distant galaxies belonging to ancient cosmic epochs.

In this “direct” manner (i.e., model-independent) the SISSA group obtained an image of the evolution of galaxies even in very ancient epochs (close, in a cosmic timescale, to the epoch of reionization). This reconstruction demonstrates that elliptical galaxies cannot have formed through the merging of other galaxies, “simply because there wasn’t enough time to accumulate the large quantity of stars seen in these galaxies through these processes”, comments Mancuso. “This means that the formation of elliptical galaxies occurs through internal, in situ processes of star formation.

The important take-away of this result is that it shows that the present theory of galaxy formation, where smaller spiral galaxies merge to form larger elliptical galaxies, does not fit the data. And if a theory does not fit the data, it must be abandoned.

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5 comments

  • “And if a theory does not fit the data, it must be abandoned.”

    Unless the data doesn’t fit The Narrative. Then discrepancies can only be explained by the evil oppression of the White Patriarchy. Or something.

  • Mitch S.

    But that theory was based on “infallible” computer models.
    And 97% of scientists polled agreed with it (or 97% of one third of scientists…)
    And there have been TV shows illustrating it.
    Surely the data just needs to be “corrected”…

  • Edward

    “If the facts don’t fit the theory, change the facts.” — Albert Einstein, said in jest
    https://stevengoddard.wordpress.com/2016/01/15/if-the-facts-dont-fit-the-theory-change-the-facts-2/

    Fortunately, astronomers prefer Feynman’s traditional/Galilean fact-based scientific method over the climate scientists’ modern/political consensus-based scientific method:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OL6-x0modwY (1 minute)

  • Joe

    With regards to changing the facts to fit the narrative, did not someone once say that if you tell a lie long enough, it becomes truth? I don’t really understand how one Galaxy would overcome another galaxy with the universe going through an expansion mode, where all of space is expanding at the same rate of acceleration in all directions? How do you get different rates of acceleration?

  • Ryan Lawson

    I would have thought it obvious larger ellipticals could not come as a result of mergers just on the lack of dusk clouds in the elliptical.

    I’m starting to think ellipticals somehow condensed out of the early universe like water droplets forming from vapor.

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