A new particle won't solve dark matter

Dark matter may be information itself

There is no shortage of debate about the nature of dark matter, a mysterious substance that many believe makes up a large proportion of the total mass of the universe, in spite of never having observed it directly. Now some believe that Landauer’s principle, which dictates the physical nature of information, is raising a startling possibility: that dark matter might be information itself, writes Melvin Vopson.



One of the greatest curiosities of modern physics is the nature of the mysterious sub­stance known as “dark matter”. It is widely accepted that the make up of the Universe is about 5% ordinary (baryonic) matter consists of baryons — an overarching name for subatomic particles such as protons, neutrons and electrons, 27% dark matter and, 68% of the universe is made of something even more puzzling called “dark energy”. Unlike normal matter, dark mat

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Konstantin Pavlovich 22 October 2023

At least something to oppose the rabid massive propaganda of cosmologists. So to speak, a thin ray of light in the dark cosmological realm. Dark matter, dark energy, the big bang and other inventions are the grossest mistakes of cosmologists. Such elementary mistakes made by these so-called "cosmologists" are not permissible even for middle school students of the most mediocre school. These errors are analyzed in detail on a solid foundation of physical laws (without any scientific delusional fantasies of cosmologists) in the book "Big Bang of Scientific Idiocy", author Pavlovich Konstantin. The book can be downloaded from аmаzon for 10 days for free.

Darryl McMahon 28 November 2022

Melvin Vopson proposes that dark matter particles might be information particles, a fifth state of matter, that explains gravitational phenomena such as the extra gravity that keeps galaxies rotating faster than Keplerian predictions at large radii. An alternative, perhaps more conservative suggestion to a fifth state of matter, using the same maths as Vopson, is that space-time has properties akin to a thermal bath that stores energy derived from the deletion of information that initially existed at the Big Bang. Landauer's thermodynamic relation between information reduction and energy increase in a space-time thermal bath is assumed. Equilibrium between the cosmic microwave background (CMB) and a space-time thermal bath provides a temperature for estimating the energy, hence mass, contained in a space-time thermal bath. The numerical data used by Vopson comes from what astronomers and cosmologists already estimated from observations including how much dark matter seems to exist. Space-time is assumed to have degrees of freedom that store energy without invoking the need for dark matter or information particles. Further, energy stored this way is not uniformly distributed through the universe but forms clouds of higher density such as around galaxies. Perhaps a version of quantum gravity can predict thermal bath properties of space-time? In any case, Vopson's and related ideas are at least as speculative as dark matter particles.

Mike Pollock 18 November 2022

The reason the outer solar systems are going so fast is the galaxy itself was one mass in the beginning. The only difference was it wasn't gas and dust that created the galaxy but an energy called quark plasma that is optically invisible and can make shapes. The "Big Bang" was merely our universe turning itself into a gargantuan particle collider with two, maximum entropy masses that contained the mass of the observable galaxies. The galaxies were all created instantaneously with all the energy they would ever have and the collision caused their anisotropic expansion that makes it appear that the universe is accelerating in its expansion. Particle colliders create this "liquid" plasma for milliseconds.

Our galaxy was spinning from the collision and used centrifugal force to create a disk with a bulbous center. The center separated and our black hole was formed. The remaining quark plasma disk created all the solar systems the same way as our galaxy and, much like the outside of a record on a record player, the outer solar systems were given their speed because they were at the edge of the disk. With the 50,000 light year wide Fermi bubble above and below the center of our 100,000 light year wide galaxy, these solar systems are still basically part of the disk.