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    Default Snowflakes explain dark matter?



    A gratifying alternative theory to dark matter that would bring soothing relief to part of my tortured brain if it holds true:

    https://theconversation.com/keplers-...esearch-121017

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    Default Re: Snowflakes explain dark matter?

    It's an unfortunate piece of pseudoscientific rubbish, not mincing words.

    There's an excellent reason why Kepler's ideas and morphogenic fields are numbered among the failures of physics: they make predictions that are falsified by observation. Newtonian physics works and predicts all of the valid laws of Kepler.

    The structure of snowflakes is predicted by QM and kinetic theory.

    The structure of spiral galaxies is predicted by the density wave theory of Lin and Shu.

    The above predictions QUANTITATIVELY agree with observation. So does dark matter and gravity predict: the cosmic primordial abundance of light elements, the formation of galaxy clusters and galaxies, the rotation curves of galaxies.

    I see nothing quantitative here, it's all hand waving bovine excremental pastry similar to flat earth, anti vaccination, and other crackpot pseudoscientific mumbo jumbo.

    PS The math in their paper is pretty irrelevant in that it doesn't really have any connection with their grandiose claims. Better agreement with observation is provided by the mainstream ideas referenced above. Their fit to the galaxy spiral arm is..... pretty poor!
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    Default Re: Snowflakes explain dark matter?

    Thanks nFA. I knew I could count on you for a straight-talking critique! My poor brain will have to stay befuddled in the meantime.

    The traffic appears to have died down over here. Have all of the enquiring minds run out of questions, or has everyone moved to a different forum?
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    Default Re: Snowflakes explain dark matter?

    I'm pretty much (along with many other folks you know here) moved to a different forum. There is a very interesting thread you might want to look at over there on the possibility that Dark Matter might precede the Big Bang.

    https://theskysearchers.com/viewtopic.php?f=74&t=2262
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    Default Re: Snowflakes explain dark matter?

    Thanks nFA. Will see you there!
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    Default Re: Snowflakes explain dark matter?

    Quote Originally Posted by SydneySpaceFan View Post
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