I suppose that yesterday’s paper in Nature deserves to be more broadly known, because it has some implications for the faith/science debate. A brief outline is in order. Beardy Card’s lab at MIT has completed the most extensive dark matter (DM) analysis ever done. As we’ve learned dark matter (an unidentified form of matter) is found throughout the universe in great abundance. Dark matter detectors were pioneered by Card and this is the first analysis of the DM contained within our planet ever conducted. The results are stunning. In a news release Card says, “We are still reeling over this, but there can be little doubt that we’ve done the analysis correctly. It’s been confirmed in six independent labs and they are all reporting the same finding.
It turns out that DM is concentrated in Earth’s fossils. “It’s like there is a DM taint on the fossils themselves.” Card said. Through Quantum Singularity analysis combined with the DM analysis the arrival of this ‘taint’ can be traced to an event between 6000 and 7000 BP +- 500 years.
Dr. Mary Calvino at Switzerland’s CERN reactor goes further, “We’ve gone over Card et al.’s analysis and can’t find any flaw, but we do differ in in interpretation. Quantum theory predicts that these kind of particle appearances should arise in toto, meaning that the fossils themselves were created spontaneously within the rock. There is no taint, it’s the emergence of the fossils themselves that created the results of Card’s analysis. Meaning the fossils are new to Earth’s strata.”
Philosopher Daniel Dennett remains skeptical, “Look, the fossils appear in a specific sequences, not in some random order. That would imply some intentional arrangement, not random fluxuations from a bisected quantum field. Do you really want to posit that some dark matter entity, or a group of dark matter entities, placed all the fossils in a specific sequence six thousand years ago? A little far fetched don’t you think? To what purpose?”
Card stands by his analysis, “I know it sounds absurd but in science we follow the data. And the data are saying that in the not to distant past some event placed all the fossils here. The implications are up for interpretation but the facts are the facts.”
This is stunning! I’m rethinking my entire career.