I've always had an interest in science, many fields, and over the years I've experienced a number of things that simply aren't explained by mainstream science or which contradict established theories. There are also many things in widely available observational data that contradict established mainstream theories. One of the areas I really have major problems with is Cosmology.
Big bang, the idea that the universe originated from an infinitely small point, went through an era of inflation, and now, according to one measurement that has become known as the Pioneer anomaly, is thought to be expanding at an increasing rate.
There are all sorts of things that bother me about the big bang, the half dozen or so fudge factors that are required to bring the observations even close to matching the theory is a start, particularly inflation, cosmic magic.
It's funny, when you offer alternative theories, the big-bangers are always quick to offer things like, that would violate the second law of thermodynamics, yet, they are content with a theory that has everything coming from nothing, violating conservation of energy, conservation of angular momentum, order out of nothing (negentropy), inflation that requires a cosmic fairy, and now that we've got better data from space born telescopes like Hubble and Spitzer, yet more fairy tales are required.
Years ago, I read a book entitled, "The Big Bang Never Happened". I believe it was authored by Eric Learner, though it's been many years so I can't be sure. But the basis of the book was that the universe is steady state, it has existed forever, it will exist forever. Further, electromagnetic forces play a far greater role than acknowledged by the mainstream. Stars couldn't form for example, if there were not a method for them to get rid of some of their angular momentum as they collapse, and that method, is via their magnetic fields radiating away rotational energy.
When I was younger, in Jr. High and High School, aside from running a bootleg radio station, I also liked to build various high voltage apparatus, the kind of stuff you'd see in old Frankenstein sci-fi movies, Jacobs ladders, Tesla coils, and other things, many of which generated plasmas in some form that I could observe and play with. When I read this book, I thought about how the plasmas created in various devices I used to play with resembled many structures in deep space.
The problem of a star being able to get rid of some of it's angular momentum as it collapses to form a star, that same problem exists in reverse for the big bang scenario and is one of the many problems I have with the theory. Everything in the observable universe is loaded with angular momentum. For this to have come from a super-tiny sub-quantum singularity or fluctuation would have required that it be spinning at far faster than the speed of light, for it to possess all the angular momentum, which must be conserved.
I could go on and on but big bang cosmology is only one of the mainstream scientific theories that bugs me because I flat out don't think it's right.
Another area that I think the mainstream community has entirely wrong is the idea that consciousness is seated in the brain. This manifests itself in a lot of ideas that are equally wrong, for example, the experience of Deja Vu, a problem with hemispheric synchronization? Or maybe temporal lobe epilepsy?
Well, Deja Vu is an experience I've had and I've wanted to understand, so one time while they were occurring frequently, I was listening to a live radio talk show, and all of the sudden I had a Deja Vu experience where I knew I was reliving the moment, and I knew what was coming fifteen or more seconds in advance. I had heard of the hemi-sync theory, so to test it I started to say out loud, what I knew would be said on the talk show, about fifteen seconds in advance of the announcer and guest saying it, and I did this for about a minute, and I was word-for-word accurate.
Now my theory in this little experiment was that, if it was a hemisync issues, I was getting a direct signal, plus a delayed signal from the other hemisphere, if that were true, then it would have the same effect on my own voice, I wouldn't hear it 15 seconds before the announcers, but I did! It was a live show, not a recorded show, so no possibility I had heard it before, at least in any conventional sense.
I've also experienced a phenomena known as lucid dreaming, basically where you become aware in the dream that you are dreaming, and then with that awareness you can go anywhere (and anytime) you want. There again, I had a desire to test the reality of the phenomena, was it just internally generated, or is there some reality. So I decided upon a way to test it, and what I would do is to pick a place that I hadn't physically been to before, but that was close enough that I could drive to it and verify later, and then first go to it in a lucid dream. I was able to do this, and when I went to the place I had visited in the dream it was exactly as I had seen it.
So if consciousness is seated in the brain, then there is at the very least a non-local nature to it. However, given the plethora of reports of people leaving their bodies during operations where they were deeply sedated, or after death with their brains showing no activity, seeing and hearing things that were verified, I am inclined to believe the brain is more of a complex interface device.
I've done some other experiments with lucid dreams as well that well point to a more complicated nature to time, because you see I can go places in time as well as in space in these. My very first thing to try simply was the thought, "Can I travel in time?", I thought this while in a lucid dream and what I experienced I can not adequately convey in words, but I felt this tremendous acceleration backwards, almost like falling backwards, but I saw space-time in 4 dimensions, now there is absolutely no way to adequately explain this because there just are no analogs in normal waking experience. But I saw three dimensional space moving by me as I moved through time. And not just visual either, sounds went by, now that is odd, because sound is a pressure wave IN time right, so moving rapidly through time it should have been compressed, but no, as I saw things whizzing by me and if there were sounds associated, I also heard them whizzing by.
Then all the sudden I find myself standing on a brick road, at night early morning I think, brick buildings around, a lot with a chain link fence and bi-planes painted white and orange behind it. Telephone poles with a whole bunch of wires on them and street lights consisting of large metal reflectors with a big incandescent lamp (clear not frosted) underneath. One of the brick buildings had a similar light over the entrance.
Anyway, this being my first such experience I thought, "What if I'm stuck here? What if I can't go back?", and with that thought the entire sensation reversed itself and I saw everything go past me the other way and I was back.
I don't want to go into all the details here, but the interesting parts are this; in my travels I've learned, normally in a lucid dream, when you think about going somewhere you go instantly, no delay, not even the time it would normally take a thought to be processed into physical muscular activity, just bam, you're there. But, when you go vast distances, it takes subjective time, and traveling in time takes subjective time. To travel 40,000 light years in space, or 40 years in time, takes about 15 seconds of subjective time, but traveling to a nearby planet or even a star like Alpha Centauri, that seems instant. The existence of that subjective time to travel great distances, rather than being totally instantaneous, or to travel in time, now that really points to a more complex concept of time, like there is physical time as we normally experience it, and then there is the freedom to move around in physical time in the spiritual realm but there is still subjective time even when moving within physical time.
Another thing, the future is not set completely in stone, some events will happen but the details aren't set nor is the date. When I went into the future and tried to determine the exact date by reading the date off a newspaper in a newspaper stand, the letters and numbers of the date continuously morphed, they would not stabilize but the event, the headline was stable. I have not had the opportunity to try this in the past to find out if history is really as fixed as we think it is but some phenomena in life make me think perhaps it has it's own element of variability as well.
For example, Nelson Madella, it is a common, my wife and I both believed he died in prison, and we both thought we heard it on CNN years ago, even though we know he is still alive. That particular glitch is apparently shared by a lot of people. Is it just a false memory that we acquired because we know it was a distinct possibility at the time, even though it didn't happen? And then Gene Wilder, I had believed he had died from stomach cancer years ago, then I find out he's going to be in some modern movie. And I'm like what the? His wife, Gilda Abner, had died of cancer years ago, and Gene Wilder had battled, but beaten, stomach cancer. I was totally astonished to learn that he had made many movies along the way and somehow I had avoided hearing about or seeing any of them. Now this particular belief is not one that my wife shared.
So I don't know, those latter things might be mind glitches, no way to prove one way or the other, but it does make me wonder if the past isn't as unset as the future, except that it is fixed by consensus perhaps, and if consensus can affect the past, then what of the present?
Anyway, I've created this forum because I'm hoping I'm not alone in wanting to explore and understand the anomalies and gain a better understanding of the universe as a whole.