Monster Black Hole Probably Not So Massive After All

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After Three Independent Reviews, Scientists Now Believe That Monster Black Hole Wasn’t as Big as We Thought. The Scientific Method Prevails!

I’ll be frank, I make a crappy astronomer. I know enough to break some things down for you guys, but this story brims with pretty complex testing techniques. I don’t know if I’d do it justice by trying to explain it all. What I can say right now, however, is that the process of science is alive, well, and working! Just two weeks ago, I reported about a monster black hole that scientists thought was impossible. Now, after three independent teams have reviewed the findings, they’re ready to say that there are some serious flaws when it comes to the estimated mass.

But I’ll let this guy in the video explain the specifics:

Making Mistakes Makes Progress

See what I mean about the technical details?  He does a great job of dumbing it down even for the likes of me, though. Anyway, there are two important takeaways here. First, science rules. In virtually no other epistemological construct is there as much room for doubt, review, error, and correction. Hell, even congress takes nearly a century just to officially recognize a verifiable genocide. Not so here. Scientists were on this. Within two weeks three separate papers came out calling shenanigans. And despite some possibly bruised egos over at the original research team, there’s nothing but upside for the scientific community as a whole. Everyone’s knowledge is expanded, even when an experiment fails, or a monster black hole doesn’t turn out to be what we thought it was. There’s room for growth, expansion, and even omission within empirical philosophy, and that is its secret weapon.

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Brandon Humphreys

Brandon Humphreys

I'm a wizard. I write stuff and it goes from my head into yours - Magic! Apart from that, I am the Senior Editor for Space Porn, a veteran, a rock guitarist, and a teacher.

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