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"Are Black Holes Actually Dark Energy Stars?" nautil.us/blog/are-black-holes

Speculation until there's evidence, but it's exciting that there could be a model of the universe that doesn't have singularities, because those are pretty scary

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@InspectorCaracal @gargron
scientists ca 1800: "space is filled with an ether, a mysterious fluid that transmits waves of light"
scientists ca 1900: "bullshit, it's empty, light is a different kind of wave"
scientists ca 1950: "well, it's filled with fields that can transmit stuff, but they're virtual"
scientists ca 2000: "space is a lot like a fluid actually"

@chr @InspectorCaracal @Gargron can we bring back the phrase "splendiferous ether"? I want to bring that back

@Anke @troubleMoney @chr @Gargron technically, I think splendiferous includes the generation of splendor, while splendid indicates that there is a quality of splendor in the thing

@chr @InspectorCaracal @Gargron
Scientists circa 1920s: Know how we proved light was a wave? Um. Yeah. It's melting our brains but it turns out its waves & particles. At the same time. The updated double slit experiment shows light has to be particles. But if you keep track of where they land you'll see interference patterns as if they were waves. Even though the particles weren't even present at the same time to interfere with each other. HPL was right, the universe is maddening! Aaaaagh!

@LilFluff @InspectorCaracal @gargron ca 1940s: also all of matter is like that too, but bigger things have much smaller wavelengths

@Gargron

No they aren't.

Black holes have never been directly observed... they are theoretical mathematical objects based on a singularity in spacetime formed in an intense gravitational field.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Singular

@Gargron

Here's the reference to the 18-year-old 11 page thought piece submitted to arXiv. They aren't saying there are no singularities, they are saying "inside" the singularity may be something like a deSitter space.

arxiv.org/abs/gr-qc/0012094

@Gargron there is no singularity, probably the theory breaks down there anyway. I really don't see the problem.

Does his theory fit the recent measurements of the waves from black hole mergers. I think if it did, even this popsci article would end up mentioning it.. I don't think we'll see anything requiring new fundamental theories..

@Gargron It’s widely believed the singularities in General Relativity are an artifact that will go away when we have a quantum theory of gravity. Classical physics is full of similar problems.

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