Monday, November 17, 2014


It's Scientific 
Gary Larsen
'Everything we think we know about our universe is wrong?'

In the late 1800s, Albert A. Michelson, the first American to win the Nobel Prize in the sciences, devised an experiment to prove the Earth is moving through space, through a medium for bearing light called the “aether.”

If he could show that light was slowed down by being fired into an aether headwind, like a swimmer swimming against a stream, Michelson reasoned, it would prove the Earth’s motion through space.

But the experiment didn’t work the way he expected. In fact, it proved the opposite.

The world of science was baffled. Was the Earth not moving?

Eventually, however, another Albert, with the last name of Einstein, developed a theory called special relativity to explain Michelson’s results.

It wouldn’t be the last time, a startling new documentary called “The Principle” suggests, that scientists had to scramble to make their theories about space fit observable facts and experiments that didn’t jive with their prevalent understandings.

Increasingly, bizarre and unproven theories such as the mysterious “dark matter,” “dark energy,” “multiverses” and the creation of “everything from nothing,” the moviemakers claim, have been thought up to try to make the hard data fit with an underlying assumption science has accepted since the 16th century.

But what if instead of dreaming up wild theories to explain away inconsistencies, the moviemakers suggest, scientists allowed the facts to challenge the underlying assumption itself? What if everything science believes about space … is wrong?

“The Principle,” which is opening now in select cities around the U.S., boldly challenges the widely accepted Copernican Principle, named after Renaissance astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus. He famously argued Earth revolves around the sun and went further to suggest Earth is in no central or favored place in the universe.

We inhabit, in famous cosmologist Carl Sagan’s words, “an insignificant planet of a humdrum star lost in a galaxy tucked away in some forgotten corner of a universe in which there are far more galaxies than people.”

Hogwash, the makers of “The Principle” say.

“Everything we think we know about our universe is wrong,” the movie’s trailer asserts.

Citing Isaac Newton, various current astronomers, Einstein himself and even defenders of the Copernican Principle, the documentary makes the case that the data science is discovering indicate the entire known universe is pointing directly at Earth.

“We are in a special place,” argues one of the voices quoted in the documentary. “I do believe that the universe was created by God.”

Rick DeLano, writer and producer of “The Principle,” declares the “question of our place in the cosmos is the greatest scientific detective story in all of history.”

“The world has been shaped by two great assertions: One places us in the center of it all, and the other one relegates us to utter insignificance. Amazingly, ‘The Principle’ is the first documentary to examine this persistent puzzle at the heart of modern science.”

The film traces the “persistent puzzle” from the ancient astronomer Ptolemy, centuries before Copernicus, to today. But rather than assuming science is at odds with religious faith, as in Galileo’s day, “The Principle” assumes the two dovetail.

“I have great respect for science,” DeLano said. “Where I become offended is when people ignore the evidence. They haven’t proven that something can come from nothing.

“Strong evidence shows there is a special direction in the cosmos, and it points toward Earth. This is a serious claim that could indicate that perhaps the Bible was true in its account of creation … and they’re ignoring it,” he continued. “Experimentation is supposed to be the acid test of an assumption. Experiment trumps all. In the universe, we are told there are no special places – no up, no down, no left, no right. But every experiment tells us we are indeed in a special place, which the scientific community sees as impossible.

“For them to even remotely consider that the Bible could be true is a laughable joke. It’s beyond ignorant,” DeLano said. “The arrogance of the scientific atheist is unbelievable. But as the Bible says, ‘Pride [goeth] before a fall.’

“What they don’t understand is that science and theology have the same author: ‘In the beginning, God created the Heavens and the Earth,’” DeLano concluded. “We have the distinct advantage of having the truth on our side.”

“The Principle” opened Oct. 24 in select theaters in Chicago with plans to expand to Los Angeles and then to various theaters around the country. Those interested in the film can learn more at its website,


Your mileage may differ, but I've long felt that the nutrition, earth and cosmos sciences are like women's fashion; changing with the weather.  Plus, I believe in God. 


Chris in NC said...

I believe in God too. Love Him dearly. Try to do my best according to what He laid out through his Son Jesus. However, to say that the universe revolves around us when we can trace the movement of several galaxies moving with us and away from us as well lays that out cold. If you take the Bible at it's literal, then we're only a few thousand years old. That can be disproven just based on the millions of years it takes to make oil deposits. This just strikes me as a desparate attempt for people who feel science threatens their religion when it in no way does. God created everything. Ok, how? Why not a big bang? Why not swirling dust forming planets?

Besides, I seriously doubt we're the only cowboys in this rodeo. I wouldn't doubt somewhere there's a race made of non carbon life and other things we can't begin to understand that God just does in His spare time out of boredom when he's not sending duck billed platypuses to mess with evolution theories or telling idiots like Pat Robertson to run for president.

Anonymous said...

When God created Adam, did he create an infant, or did he create a brand new adult with the appearance of age? Couldn't he have done the same with the universe?


Chris in NC said...

Anon2112, God can do what ever He darned well pleases. That's why I don't disagree with you. He created adam from dust. Poof there he (adam) is. He could have created the Earth from dust in a blink of an eye or he could have swirled gases and dust for a bazillion years or heck, He could have grown it in His garden and it's still not ripe yet. What ever. I don't know or care. What I don't like is people trashing science because they feel threatened by it. It's wrong when the global warming nazi's do it and it's wrong when Christians do it.

Anonymous said...

I know this article appeared in World Nut Daily but it really belongs in The Onion.

Let's start with the claim that the Bible says "in the beginning God created ..." Sorry but the original texts actually translate as "In the beginning GODS created ..." The plural is not a typo - it's the correct translation.

Tom Smith said...

So this guy proffered a theory that the speed of light has changed since the beginning of time and was lauded as a brainiac until he applied it religion and made some claims that supports the young earth view. He was then shunned. A scientist is more dogmatic than a backwoods preacher and will get quite nasty defending a theory.

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