While the scientists were disappointed that the discovery was not real, the success of the analysis was a compelling demonstration of the collaboration's readiness to detect gravitational waves.And that Nature reports that "only three people would know the truth".
LIGO is famous for having papers coauthored by 100s of physicists. This 2015 paper has about 900 authors. That should make them more convincing, as 100s of physics could not all be lying. Usual scientific progress involves an openness to examining the raw data, but somehow they have engineered LIGO from the ground up for clandestine manipulation of the data.
But it is shocking that 3 people could have faked this result. I very much doubt that 3 people could have faked the Higgs boson discovery.
Who would set up a system for faking astrophysics with a "data injection"? And who brags about "compelling demonstration of the collaboration's readiness"? They spent a billion dollars on this detector, so obviously they have a readiness and willingness to report that they detected something.
When the Pope argued with Galileo over heliocentrism, did either of them use fake data injections? Do the global warming researchers use fake data injections in order to prove their readiness to accept a warming trend? Do the SETI folks broadcast faked space alien messages? The whole process is bizarre and fishy.
With the system engineered for fake data injection, there is also the possibility of a mistaken injection, and we may never know whether the data was legitimate or not.
Maybe the possibility of LIGO publishing fake data is no more likely than Antonin Scalia being murdered. But I think that possibility should be checked out also. It is the most ideologically convenient death in the history of the court, and there are many suspicious aspects to the story, and Scalia was expected to be the deciding vote in 6 big pending cases that are crucial to the leftist agenda.
Also, I got this correction:
Really, really insignificant correction: in the physics lingo (which does not necessarily constrain you) gravity waves are waves in some medium due to gravity, whereas what was discovered for the first time this week is gravitational waves.I am not sure about this distinction. The newly discovered gravitational waves are described as "ripples in the fabric of space–time". That sounds like waves in some medium due to gravity. But I guess "medium" means some medium other than space-time. This seems to be an old bugaboo, as some people say that light has no medium, while others say that the medium is the aether, space-time, or the QED vacuum.