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Feyerabend's rule and dark matter

Merritt, David (2020) Feyerabend's rule and dark matter. [Preprint]

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Paul Feyerabend argued that theories can be faced with experimental anomalies whose refuting character can only be recognized by developing alternatives to the theory. The alternate theory must explain the experimental results without contrivance and it must also be supported by independent evidence. I show that the situation described by Feyerabend arises again and again in experiments or observations that test the postulates in the standard cosmological model relating to dark matter. The alternate theory is Milgrom’s modified dynamics (MOND). I discuss three examples: the failure to detect dark-matter particles in laboratory experiments; the lack of evidence for dark-matter sub-haloes and the dwarf galaxies that are postulated to inhabit them; and the failure to confirm the predicted orbital decay of Milky Way satellite galaxies and other systems due to dynamical friction against the dark matter. In each case, Feyerabend’s criterion directs us to interpret the experimental or observational results as an indirect refutation of the standard cosmological model in favor of Milgrom’s theory.


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Item Type: Preprint
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CreatorsEmailORCID
Merritt, Daviddavid.r.merritt@gmail.com0000-0002-9339-1551
Keywords: Cosmology Dark matter Falsification Paul Feyerabend Mordehai 
Milgrom
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Cosmology
Specific Sciences > Physics
Depositing User: David Merritt
Date Deposited: 19 Aug 2021 13:50
Last Modified: 19 Aug 2021 13:50
Item ID: 19460
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1007/s11229-021-03188-3
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Cosmology
Specific Sciences > Physics
Date: 1 July 2020
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/19460

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