A wonderful, erudite and humour tinged post.
Ages ago (in the 1970’s), scientists looked out at the universe, did the math and wet themselves silently. The peripheral arms of galaxies weren’t acting right. There wasn’t enough gravity to make the stars in the arms move that fast.
Astronomers drove home, changed pants and got an idea.
The essence of ghost flesh with gravity!
It seemed too convenient to some: We can’t see dark matter, can’t touch it and can’t detect it in a laboratory – at least not so far.
Nevertheless, science liked dark matter. Its existence was implied by the motion of galaxies.
We’re told it surrounds a galaxy like a halo, but without the angel’s head, so it’s not religious.
Don’t think of angels when you see galaxies. That wouldn’t be scientific.
History shows that geneticists also had a meltdown when they first discovered that DNA was too complex for their model of reality.
Don’t worry, they’ve gotten over it.
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