I don't mean for this to be particularly controversial, but would like to addressOriginally Posted by Cougar
I do worry that L-C&G seem to be more invested in proving Arpian ideas as opposed to reporting on any negative findings. If their research doesn't find the correlation they want, it seems they will tweak a parameter here, extend a parameter there, until they eke out some indication of support.
I have seen this particular concern expressed several times in differing cirumtances, and would suggest that it happens on both sides, and doesn't necessarily have to due with lack of integrity.
Every paper is written because someone has an interst in that particular phenomena, and generally has a point of view, based in their interest, so it is more or less to be expected that there is some kind of agenda there. I think it would be very naive to think any differently.
Here is an example of the same kind of concern.
Hubbles Sees Galaxies Under Construction:
The latest image released from the Hubble Space Telescope shows a beautiful view of a large galaxy being assembled from a collection of small galaxies. The large galaxy, officially known as MRC 1138-262, but nicknamed the Spider Galaxy, contains dozens of smaller star-forming galaxies. It's incredibly far away, 10.6 billion years, so we see it as it looked only 3 billion years after the Big Bang. These observations match commonly held theories about how small irregular galaxies merge together to form the larger structures we see today.
This looks very Stephens Quintetish to me.