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No. 133: JAN-FEB 2001

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The Fingers of God

We present the following quotation without comment because "tfv" (the author) has obliged in his review of a recent article in Science:

Large-scale structure of the universe. A vast redshift survey of over 100,000 galaxies shows hundreds of superclusters and "Great Wall"-like structures, but also "the ends of the biggest structures in the universe". Vast clumps and dark voids are seen. [tvf: No comment is made [in Science] on the clumps and voids both being elongated in directions along our line of sight. This phenomenon is called "the fingers of God" because galaxies seem to line up in filaments pointing at us. The simplest non-theological way out of this dilemma is to jettison redshift as a reliable distance indicator.]

(Van Flandern, Tom; Meta Research Bulletin, 9:48, 2000. Citing: Science, 288:2121, 2000.)

From Science Frontiers #133, JAN-FEB 2001. � 2001 William R. Corliss

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