Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Starlight problem solved?

In the latest paper from ARJ, Jason Lisle suggests that there is a "solution to the distant starlight problem." Here's the abstract:

We here explore a way in which light from distant galaxies can reach earth within the biblical timescale. Though the universe is created mature, we will find that this by itself appears to be insufficient to explain our ability to see distant events, prompting the need for a solution to the “distant starlight problem.” The concept of synchrony conventions in physics is examined. The fact that relativistic physics precludes an absolute, invariant synchrony space is reviewed. We then explore the consequences and motivation for the use of the standard Einstein synchrony convention, followed by an investigation of alternative synchrony conventions.

In particular, we find that an observer-centric anisotropic synchrony convention eliminates the distant starlight problem by reducing radially inward-directed light travel-time in the reference frame of the observer to zero. Such a convention implies that everything in the universe has an age of a few thousand years as we currently see it. The biblical basis for such a convention is explored. Potential objections to this synchrony convention are considered. When the anisotropic synchrony convention is applied to standard cosmological parameters, a new young-universe cosmological model emerges which makes falsifiable predictions.

OK. I kind of wish that was an actual abstract that explained his model in a nutshell (which is what abstracts are supposed to do), but there it is. I have no background in this physics stuff, so I'll leave it to the experts to hash out. I was somewhat disappointed by this, though:
We note that the ASC model only accounts for distant starlight and other earthward-directed phenomena that move at nearly the speed of light (such as neutrinos). It has been suggested that other celestial phenomena require billions of years: collisions of galaxies, jets of material from active galactic nuclei (AGNs), etc. However, I do not believe this is so. It seems to me that the mature creation argument works quite well on distributions of matter. Unlike light, the supernatural creation of matter in a specific configuration does not undermine any precondition of intelligibility; nor do we have biblical information that would be contrary to the idea that God may have created the matter in the universe very close to its present location. So, we should consider the possibility that galaxies currently in collision may have been created in collision.
Does that seem ad hoc to anyone else?

I'm keen to see what other astronomy experts will make of this paper. If you have a background in the subject, I'd love to hear your opinion.

Lisle. 2010. Anisotropic Synchrony Convention - A Solution to the Distant Starlight Problem. ARJ 3:191-207.

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