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not far off the mark
New Scientist for 23/30 Dec (#2009-2010) has an article discussing our
understanding of the universe. Title= Cosmic Beachcombers. It mentions
Fred Hoyle and his influence on the problem. It also discusses new information
on the Hubble constant (it may not be!).
It makes several points relevent to recent threads here.
a) Hoyle is certainly a better cosmologist than paleontologist
b) Cosmology, as a human endevor, shares some traits with
paleontology. It is a historical science, not easly subjected to
direct testing. Archeology is similar; repeating experiments
is difficult to impossible
c) like many other aspects of science, or like for that matter, we
always work from an incomplete data base.