Misconceptions

Kyle Miller

Dark matter, dark energy, global warming; All bad terms of modern science- the after party nickname that you hate but everyone else loves to use anyway. Just right off the bat I’m going to explain what these are.

Global warming is the most cringe educing misconception of our generation. Global warming is a VERY wrong term to describe what is going on with the world today and really needs to be stopped being used. Climate change. Climate change. Climate change. Stop calling climate change global warming.

But Kyle, what IS climate change? To best explain I asked everyone’s dear friend professor Wikipedia.com: climate change is a long-term change in the statistical distribution of weather patterns over periods of time that range from decades to millions of years. It may be a change in the average weather conditions or a change in the distribution of weather events with respect to an average, for example, greater or fewer extreme weather events. Climate change may be limited to a specific region, or may occur across the whole Earth.

What does that all mean? To be simple climate change is just that- change.

What causes all this change? What caused the change? Why do things change?

The best way to find out answers is to research the subject for yourself. Plenty of evidence shows that plate tectonics, solar output, orbital variations, volcanism, ocean variability and of course human influences are all causes of climate change.

It should be noted that Human influences have been documented and extensive studies have been made that prove they are a major cause of climate change.

FUN FACT: Unlike UFOs and religious prophets, evidence has been documented and the existence of climate change has been proven.

Many people, myself included, are easily confused about dark matter, dark energy, dark flow, dark fluid. Though these all share “DARK” as the first word that is there only similarity.

Dark matter, according to Wikipedia, in astronomy and cosmology, dark matter is matter that is inferred to exist from gravitational effects on visible matter and background radiation, but is undetectable by emitted or scattered electromagnetic radiation.

Dark energy – in physical cosmology, astronomy and celestial mechanics, dark energy is a hypothetical form of energy that permeates all of space and tends to increase the rate of expansion of the universe. Dark energy is the most popular way to explain recent observations and experiments that the universe appears to be expanding at an accelerating rate. In the standard model of cosmology, dark energy currently accounts for 74% of the total mass-energy of the universe, according to wikipedia

    If these are all just theories how do we know they exist? Why should we even care about what we can’t see? All valid questions, allow me to shed some light on the subject. We don’t know, to be completely honest. We do have our theories and pretty good ideas but with all our cards on the table we’re still working on it. These studies are very important because we don’t know enough about them to dismiss them as useless information.

    Take into account the discovery of the atom. In its time it was considered about as useful as dark energy, but over time man has found many uses from the studies and theories stemmed from its discovery and adaptations. The first computers were calculators but over time we grew and created what we have today. 

Once spaceflight and putting a man on the moon were considered tomfoolery. There was a time where man thought the Earth was flat, the cure for a headache was a head drill. Dark matter and dark energy is the future of cosmic understanding.

FUN FACT: the “dark” in dark terms (matter, energy, fluid and flow) all derive from what we do not know. Scientists have theories and pretty good ideas about what’s what but like discussing the cosmos and topics in the “weird” there is no way we can be 100 percent on our assumptions.

 

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