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Originally posted by l_e_cox
This is a good post.
This subject is getting a bit bizarre at this point. We actually have enough observational data now from enough different points in space to begin to create a map of the entire known physical universe. And what is emerging is a sort of organic, spongy structure.
I haven't followed the "dark matter" argument. It is so counter-intuitive! They are telling us we need to assume a bunch of matter exists that we have found no way to detect except for its gravitational effects which we are assuming must be present because otherwise our assumptions about how the universe hangs together don't work.
Well, the other obvious choice is that our assumptions about how the universe hangs together are incorrect!
So scientists now adhere to what they believe is the more likely scenario, that there is unobserved matter, some possibly from as yet-undiscovered elementary particles. Yes, it does seem pretty unlikely---but any sensible alternative appears to be even less likely.