Astrophysics

   

Cargo Cult Science - The Michelson-Morley Experiment

Authors: Frank H. Makinson

Richard Feynman introduced the 1974 graduation class of the California Institute of Technology to the concept of cargo cult science. Cargo cult science is a process that gives the appearance of the scientific method. The term ether and its basic definition was known long before it was determined light was a wave. It had been postulated that the ether was responsible for the ability of light to transit a vacuum. The purpose of the Michelson-Morley (1887) experiment was to determine whether the ether existed. The experiment produced a null result, indicating the ether did not exist and space was empty. Acceptance of the experiment result has had a profound impact on scientific thought and allowed theories to be promulgated based upon space being empty. The expanding Universe is taught as a fact and the validity of that conclusion is discussed.

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