April 15

Burn the Witch!

The pride of your heart has deceived you, you who live in the clefts of the rock, in your lofty dwelling, who say in your heart, “Who will bring me down to the ground?” Though you soar aloft like the eagle, though your nest is set among the stars, from there I will bring you down, declares the Lord.

(Obadiah 1:3-4) KJV

“Galaxies” are an induced rationalization of the premise that swirls of minute specks are galaxies and the word “galaxy” has been defined to meet the requirements of the popular science narrative (SciPop).

Burn the Witch! There’s a scene in Monty Python and the Holy Grail when some villagers claim they’ve found a witch and they want to burn her.

When asked how they know she’s a witch, they reply, “because she looks like one.” Astronomy, where words define unknown phenomena, is the same. It’s a fair cop.

If it looks like a galaxy, it must be a galaxy. But how do we know what a galaxy looks like if we’ve never seen one? And what is galaxy but an arbitrary word used to refer to the definition of a phenomenon which itself is an inductive rationalization of an observation that’s been designed to fit the SciPop narrative? Sir Isaac Newton aptly described the situation in Principia Mathematica.

And if the meaning of words is to be determined by their use, then by the names time, space, place and motion, their measures are properly to be understood; and the expression will be unusual, and purely mathematical, if the measured quantities themselves were meant. Upon which account, they do strain the sacred writing, who there interpret those words for the measured quantities.

– Sir Isaac Newton, Principia Mathematica p. 81-82

You can call a speck of light a galaxy and then use the definition of the word to define the phenomenon’s parameters, without knowing either what the parameters are or what the phenomenon is. – Sir Isaac Newton, paraphrased.

The word galaxy has been applied to swirls of specks of unknown luminous material (ULM). Here’s a definition of the word galaxy from Wikipedia:

A galaxy is a gravitationally bound system of stars, stellar remnants, interstellar gas, dust, and dark matter. The word galaxy is derived from the Greek galaxias (γαλαξίας), literally “milky”, a reference to the Milky Way. Galaxies range in size from dwarfs with just a few hundred million (108) stars to giants with one hundred trillion (1014) stars, each orbiting its galaxy’s center of mass.

– Galaxy, definition (Wikipedia)

Defining a swirl of specks as a galaxy doesn’t tell us anything about the nature of the swirl of specks, but it expands the geometry of the universe. If a swirl of specks is called a galaxy, and a galaxy is a gravitationally bound system of stars, and stars are distant suns, then they are of such enormous size that they must be very far away, because, let’s face it, they still look like minute swirls of specks.

If the same swirl of specks is a spiraling cloud of crystalline firmament material (CFM) the size of a football field in the Kuiper Belt, it’s not nearly so far away. It’s shining brightly because it’s reflecting the light of the sun.

Applying an arbitrary word with an imputed meaning doesn’t define the phenomenon. As Newton says, if the measures are to properly understood, and all that we can measure is the light that we can see, then we don’t know what the swirls of specks are. However, if we have decided what we want to believe about the specks, and imputed this meaning as being the definition of a word, then the word tells us what the thing is.

By giving a word the meaning that we want to use it for, it may indeed strain the sacred writings but not because they’re wrong, because we’ve chosen a definition for our word which doesn’t align with them. Galaxies, in terms of the scientific definition, don’t exist. The things that we call galaxies, because we want the sacred writings to be strained, are, according to the sacred writings, stars. Stars are ULM, which consist predominantly of CFM.

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