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Higgs, Schmiggs... When that infinitesimal speck was sucking up all the journalistic oxygen on Independence Day, another momentous scientific discovery was also being announced: the first observation of filaments of dark matter, the stuff that forms the "skeleton" of our universe. Invisible, inexplicable dark matter makes up …

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Childcatcher

With all the nodes and filaments...

Is the universe just one bloody big computer ?

If so what the hell is it calculating ?

OK. Probably pi.

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Childcatcher

Without denying the existance of dark matter..

..just consider the following.

The Big Bang happened about 14bn years ago (give or take a few). When we look out we can see no further than 14bn light years. We would be foolish to think that we are located at the centre of the Big Bang so if we think about an observer on another planet at the edge of where we can see, what do they see? Will it be blank on one side and light on the other? I think not. So it is likely that the universe is a LOT bigger than we can see. If the universe is 3 times bigger than we can see to then the mass which is out of sight is 26 time what we can see. That mass is invisible not dark.

Why then do we need to invoke dark matter as a solution?

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