Awhile ago I wrote about Lisa Randall, Professor of Science at Harvard University, a theoretical physicist and cosmologist, who proposed that the dinosaurs went extinct due to the actions of unseen dark matter.¹ There now appears again an article in the popular science magazine Nautilus with the title “Does Dark Matter Harbor Life? An invisible civilization could be living right under your nose.”² It would appear to be excerpted from Randall’s book Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs. In the article Randall asserts that we may, in fact, be kind of racist against dark matter, well, at least, we are biased towards ordinary matter, where, she claims, in fact, that dark matter is the stuff that holds galaxies together so it is really important stuff.
The common assumption is that dark matter is the “glue” that holds together galaxies and galaxy clusters, but resides only in amorphous clouds around them. But what if this assumption isn’t true and it is only our prejudice—and ignorance, which is after all the root of most prejudice—that led us down this potentially misleading path?
People in foreign relations make a mistake when they lump together another country’s cultures—assuming they don’t exhibit the diversity of societies that is evident in our own. Just as a good negotiator doesn’t assume the primacy of one sector of society over another when attempting to place the different cultures on equal footing, an unbiased scientist shouldn’t assume that dark matter isn’t as interesting as ordinary matter and necessarily lacks a diversity of matter similar to our own.² (emphasis added)
She goes on to promote the possibility of dark life, invisible creatures living on dark planets around dark stars in dark parts of galaxies. She suggests dark matter may be much more than just amorphous matter, but have a rich life with dark forces and therefore this implies a dark invisible universe of creatures we cannot detect. Sure sounds like good material for a sci-fi story.
Partially interacting dark matter certainly makes for fertile ground for speculation and encourages us to consider possibilities we otherwise might not have. Writers and moviegoers especially would find a scenario with such additional forces and consequences in the dark sector very enticing. They would probably even suggest dark life coexisting with our own. In this scenario, rather than the usual animated creatures fighting other animated creatures or on rare occasions cooperating with them, armies of dark matter creatures could march across the screen and monopolize all the action.
But this wouldn’t be too interesting to watch. The problem is that cinematographers would have trouble filming this dark life, which is of course invisible to us—and to them. Even if the dark creatures were there (and maybe they have been) we wouldn’t know. You have no idea how cute dark matter life could be—and you almost certainly never will.
Though it’s entertaining to speculate about the possibility of dark life, it’s a lot harder to figure out a way to observe it—or even detect its existence in more indirect ways. It’s challenging enough to find life made up of the same stuff we are, though extrasolar planet searches are under way and trying hard. But the evidence for dark life, should it exist, would be far more elusive even than the evidence for ordinary life in distant realms.
Dark objects or dark life could be very close—but if the dark stuff’s net mass isn’t very big, we wouldn’t have any way to know. Even with the most current technology, or any technology that we can currently imagine, only some very specialized possibilities might be testable. “Shadow life,” exciting as that would be, won’t necessarily have any visible consequences that we would notice, making it a tantalizing possibility but one immune to observations. In fairness, dark life is a tall order. Science-fiction writers may have no problem creating it, but the universe has a lot more obstacles to overcome. Out of all possible chemistries, it’s very unclear how many could sustain life, and even among those that could, we don’t know the type of environments that would be necessary.² (emphasis added)
She admits that this is more science fiction than science fact.
Nonetheless, dark life could in principle be present—even right under our noses. But without stronger interactions with the matter of our world, it can be partying or fighting or active or inert and we would never know. But the interesting thing is that if there are interactions in the dark world—whether or not they are associated with life—the effects on structure might ultimately be measured. And then we will learn a great deal more about the dark world.² (emphasis added)
It reminds me so much of the Star Wars’ midi-chlorians, the fictional intelligent microscopic creatures that lived inside cells of all living creatures but gave the Jedis their power to harness the Force. However that is total fiction. Just made up stuff for a good story.
Here you have an intelligent professor of physics and cosmology promoting the notion of invisible intelligent life on dark planets in the Galaxy and elsewhere in the Universe. Why is this? It is the final conclusion of the materialist must come to. Reject the Creator and you have only a pagan belief system, where you must rely on Darwinian evolution to evolve life from some original pond scum. But in this case those who believe like Randall would have to suggest it was dark pond scum upon which some form of dark Darwinian evolution acted and life evolved on some dark unseen planets. Only their gravitational influence can be detected, they say.
There would have been a time when such ideas would mean you’d get a visit from “men in white coats” from the local asylum. No longer! These ideas are now lauded as credible science! Talk about pseudoscience!
- J.G. Hartnett, Dark matter caused the demise of the dinosaurs? December 13, 2016.
- Lisa Randall, Does Dark Matter Harbor Life? An invisible civilization could be living right under your nose, Nautilus, February, 2017.
- WHY IS DARK MATTER EVERYWHERE IN THE COSMOS?
- WHERE MATERIALISM LOGICALLY LEADS
- ALIENS ARE ALL AROUND US?
- DOES DARK MATTER MATTER?
- DARK MATTER SEARCH COMES UP EMPTY
- HAIRY DARK MATTER IS STILL DARK MATTER, WHICH IS STILL A FUDGE
- STARS JUST DON’T FORM NATURALLY— ‘DARK MATTER’ THE ‘GOD OF THE GAPS’ IS NEEDED
- DARK MATTER AND THE STANDARD MODEL OF PARTICLE PHYSICS—A SEARCH IN THE ‘DARK’
- IS DARK MATTER THE UNKNOWN GOD?
- THEORY OF EVERYTHING BY DARK MATTER (satire)