An editorial of the Kalamazoo Gazette, March 12, 1998 regarding observations of distant Type Ia supernovae and the possibility of an accelerating universe...you have to read it to believe it.....


Expanding universe boggles the mind
Although interesting, latest scientific findings do
nothing to illumine the mystery of the cosmos...

    Our universe, according to the latest findings, is expanding faster than previously thought. New measurements from far-flung objects, whose distances are measured in how far light travels in one year, show that previous estimates underestimated just how fast stars and galaxies are moving away from some point when this whole expansion business began anywhere from nine to 20 billion years ago.

    This may be comforting or disturbing news, depending upon your viewpoint.

    Yet it says nothing about the real question: Moving faster to where? And, for that matter, from where? Or why?

    Mathematical calculations, computer modeling, observations of objects so far away we don't even know what they are makes for great scientific drama and a comfortable living for those bright enough and dedicated enough to study such matters.

    Yet hardly a year passes when the re-calculations, based on new observations and tweaked by new computer models, generates yet another conclusion. Galaxies are going faster or slower than thought. The universe is younger or it's older than thought. Quasars are brighter or dimmer or farther or closer than thought. And so what?

    Let's face it. We puny humans will never fully understand this place we call the universe. It is simply beyond the comprehension of the human mind.

    How can we imagine where a universe ends? How can anyone fully comprehend how it began?

    What came before? What will come after?

    Let the astronomers and the cosmologists tinker with their mathematical formulas and computer models all they want. And let them offer an ever-evolving rendition of their speculations and formulations. We prefer the conclusions of philosophers and spiritual masters who readily acknowledge the limits of human knowledge and understanding.

    They can have their mathematical models; give us the mystery of the unknown.