Holiday weekend astrophysics
I wrote this in an email to a friend a while back, after reading about astrophysics for several hours on the internet. I had been following rabbit trails in the course of researching theories of non-carbon biology for a sci-fi board game I'm making with said friend. Suddenly this thought occurred to me, in relation to the dark matter theory of anomalies in observed motion in the galaxy.
Isn't it awfully hubristic to assume that the difference between physical laws observed on Earth and physical motion observed in the rotation of a galaxy are due to some strange force acting upon the galaxy, and not due to:
A) a flaw in the observations/calculations of the rotation of galaxies
B) some unusual property on Earth, warping our understanding of physics (I like this explanation)
C) something beyond human comprehension or imagination
After all, why should the galaxy be ruled by laws we understand from an earthly perspective? Isn't it more likely that Earth is ruled by galactic laws of motion? Does that make any sense? Down with dark matter! Are you with me?
Maybe I'm the hubristic one, since I am a college drop-out (with an English major background, no less), but it seemed to me that there was a glaring logical flaw in the assumptions behind dark matter theory. If I am totally off base here, one of you astrophysics researchers that I know is on CAPS, come and tell me all about it. I'm curious how much of your response I'll understand. Happy Independence Day!
P.S. Even if you don't have a degree in astrophysics, feel free to leave a comment.