Confined to the nutshell crust of this tiny planet Earth, what solid facts do we really have about the (possibly) infinite cosmos? I'm a devout skeptic, a major minimalist when it comes to believing the latest big-picture astrophysical results. Far too often the front-page cosmological news of one year is overthrown in the next by better (or merely different) observations. Far too often interpretation and theory and wishful thinking are misrepresented as truth.

But there are a handful of relatively sure things that I'll admit concerning the large-scale structure of spacetime:

Other universal "facts"? I'll wait until they get confirmed before I place any great weight on them ... and until then, I plan to maintain an agnostic attitude about trendy new astronomical theories.

TopicScience - 2002-06-13

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