Final Word: LIGO was all just overhyped noise, like BICEP2. No Nobel 4U! LOL LIGO! In the same way BICEP2 was the smoking gun for inflation, LIGO is the smoking gun for string theory. Too bad inflation & string theory are going up in smoke, alongside LIGO. Sean Carroll’s solution to save the multiverse and string theory? Get rid of falsifiability in science! Keep the billions of dollars flowing so as to destory science and god and philosophy, whence Carroll et al. will reign supreme!
Here’s the final, definitive response to the lame LIGO response:
“It would appear that the 7 ms time delay associated with the GW150914 signal is also an intrinsic property of the noise. The purpose in having two independent detectors is precisely to ensure that, after sufficient cleaning, the only genuine correlations between them will be due to gravitational wave effects. The results presented here suggest this level of cleaning has not yet been obtained and that the identification of the GW events needs to be re-evaluated with a more careful consideration of noise properties.”
We focussed our attention mainly on the first event, GW150914, with special attention to the time lag between the arrival times of the signal at the Hanford and Livingston detectors. In our view, if we are to conclude reliably that this signal is due to a genuine astrophysical event, apart from chance-correlations, there should be no correlation between the “residual” time records from LIGO’s two detectors in Hanford and Livingston. The residual records are defined as the difference between the cleaned records and the best GW template found by LIGO. Residual records should thus be dominated by noise, and they should show no correlations between Hanford and Livingston. Our investigation revealed that these residuals are, in fact, strongly correlated. Moreover, the time delay for these correlations coincides with the 6.9 ms time delay found for the putative GW signal itself.
This is science in the stringy LIGO/BICEP2/multiverse era:
1. Fake the data/analysis
2. Launch the fake-news media storm
3. Secure funding, tenure, cash, book deals, and the Nobel
4. Have Sean Carroll rage against testability, god, truth, and philosophy.