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72 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 25 August 2007 10:27PM

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Comment author: Origin 21 March 2012 09:12:34PM -1 points [-]

Funny to see how perfectly dark matter is used as a mysterious answer, in the sense of "How could the universe be expanding? Dark matter!" And I always thought that everything NGC told me as a kid was true and logical and rational. Another childhood memory crushed...

Comment author: [deleted] 21 March 2012 09:20:20PM 0 points [-]

Dark matter and energy are theories that are a little more complicated than that, in that astronomers can observe gravitational clustering more powerful than the regular matter allows for; dark energy is beyond the areas of my understanding. So far it seems to me the best guess is Shut up and Calculate.

Comment author: wedrifid 22 March 2012 12:02:02PM 0 points [-]

Funny to see how perfectly dark matter is used as a mysterious answer, in the sense of "How could the universe be expanding? Dark matter!"

I thought the mysterious answer to that particular question was 'dark energy'. I don't think dark matter is enough to (not particularly) explain it.