A Comment on ‘Cosmology and Convention’ by David Merritt

  • Man Ho ChanEmail author


In a recent article Merritt (2017) has claimed that current observational data provide “severe tests” falsifying the standard cosmological model (the Lambda-Cold-Dark-Matter model). Based on Popper’s idea of conventionalism, he concludes that the introduction of some essential components of the standard cosmological model—including dark matter and dark energy—are a consequence of conventionalist stratagems. In this article, I provide more recent discoveries and discussions showing that the standard cosmological model is not built on any conventionalist stratagem.


Dark matter Dark energy Cosmology Conventionalism 



I am grateful to Tom Mongan and the referee for helpful comments on the manuscript. This work is partially supported by the Dean’s Research Grant from the Education University of Hong Kong (activity code 04301).


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  1. 1.Department of Science and Environmental StudiesThe Education University of Hong KongTai PoHong Kong

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