How to Construct a Falsifiable Theory in Which the Universe Came into Being Several Thousand Years Ago
David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1984:873 - 902 (1984)
Both local measurements (e.g., radioactive dating) and astronomical measurements (e.g., the expansion of the universe) are usually interpreted to imply that the Universe has existed for at least five to twenty billion years. However, in this paper, a testable cosmological theory is constructed in which all these observations are consistent with the Universe coming into existence a mere several thousand years ago. If the most natural assumptions about the universal matter distribution are made, this theory claims that the Universe came into existence over a period of about 20 years, with our solar system coming into existence over a period of six days. Furthermore, the model predicts (1) a gamma ray spectrum in the 10 Mev to 120 Mev band which coincides with the observed gamma ray spectrum in that band; (2) that the isotropic gamma ray background should show structure on scales of 10 -3 radians; and (3) that there should be a large number of high energy gamma ray pulses with a certain definite angular distribution and waveform. It is also possible that the theory could provide a natural explanation for the cosmic rays with energy above 10 12 ev.
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
No categories specified
(categorize this paper)
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Wes Morriston (1999). Must the Past Have a Beginning? Philo 2 (1):5-19.
E. S. Paul, C. Fox, A. J. Boston, H. J. Chantler, C. J. Chiara, R. M. Clark, M. Cromaz, M. Descovich, P. Fallon, D. B. Fossan, A. A. Hecht, T. Koike, I. Y. Lee, A. O. Macchiavelli, P. J. Nolan, K. Starosta, R. Wadsworth, I. Ragnarsson & Bob Wadsworth, High-Spin Yrast States in the Gamma-Soft Nuclei Pr-135 and Ce-134.
Trenton Merricks (2009). Truth and Freedom. Philosophical Review 118 (1):29-57.
Quentin Smith (1990). A Natural Explanation of the Existence and Laws of Our Universe. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 68 (1):22 – 43.
M. R. Wright (1995). Cosmology in Antiquity. Routledge.
John D. Barrow (1986/1988). The Anthropic Cosmological Principle. Oxford University Press.
Jan M. Greben (2010). The Role of Energy Conservation and Vacuum Energy in the Evolution of the Universe. Foundations of Science 15 (2):153-176.
Quentin Smith (1997). Simplicity and Why the Universe Exists. Philosophy 72 (279):125 - 132.
Added to index2011-05-29
Total downloads4 ( #267,897 of 1,102,036 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #306,606 of 1,102,036 )
How can I increase my downloads?