Friday, October 16, 2009

The Future Past of the Large Hadron Collider

Over the last 20 years, billions of dollars have been spent on building powerful particle accelerators in the hopes of being able to find a theoretical particle known as the Higgs boson.  Back in the early 1990s, they hoped to be able to find it with the Superconducting Super Collider in Texas.  Billions of dollars later, they canceled that project in 1993.  They started building the Large Hadron Collider back in 1990s, and it is nearly complete.  It was supposed to be ready last year, but operations were halted when they ran into a serious problem with two superconducting bending magnets.  They are hoping to have the Large Hadron Collider operational in December of this year.

Except there may be another problem.  It has been suggested that the Large Hadron Collider is being sabotaged from the future.  It has also been suggested that the failure of the Superconducting Super Collider may have been due to influence from the future.

So what is the source of this information?  The revelations of a contactee reported in the Weekly World News?

No, this was suggested by two physicists and reported in the New York Times.

A pair of otherwise distinguished physicists have suggested that the hypothesized Higgs boson, which physicists hope to produce with the collider, might be so abhorrent to nature that its creation would ripple backward through time and stop the collider before it could make one, like a time traveler who goes back in time to kill his grandfather.
Holger Bech Nielsen, of the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen, and Masao Ninomiya of the Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics in Kyoto, Japan, put this idea forward in a series of papers with titles like “Test of Effect From Future in Large Hadron Collider: a Proposal” and “Search for Future Influence From LHC,” posted on the physics Web site arXiv.org in the last year and a half.
The article also says that the two physicists starting laying out their case for doom in the Spring of 2008.  It was last fall that the two magnets vaporized.

Other people have also suggested that the Large Hadron Collider could destroy the world.  They fear the collider could potentially create black holes, strangelets, or magnetic monopoles (read more about it here).

Personally, I can think of numerous other ways those billions of dollars could have been spent.  It seems like an awful large price to pay to try to find a theoretical particle.  I'm not sure what they plan to do with it if they do find it.

Nevertheless, sci-fi fans around the world are now faced with the decision of what story is the most interesting; the potential for the Large Hadron Collider to destroy the world, or that it is somehow being sabotaged from the future.

4 comments:

  1. I love this subject. Great post!

    Admittedly, every time we try to make new advances, there's people out there that throw rocks at the moon. I think it's part of our nature to start these kinds of speculations because we fear doing something we haven't done before. Just look at the horrors for our generation who grew up with the bomb over our heads? How about when 2012 approaches? Or the fear of the millennium? Or, how about all the conspiracies around 9-1-1? Man will advance his knowledge, but there's still a very primitive part of him that fears what we haven't figured out yet. But, we won't figure it out if we don't experiment and theorize. Hmm...

    I agree about the expenditure of that amount of money. What kind of a world lets Africa kill itself off with genocide, starvation, and AIDS and yet build something like this? Unless that collider is going to invent more food and water for the world, we're looking in the wrong direction. Technology won't save man, but humanitarian causes will. We can't keep the human race going if we don't keep it alive.

    I think it was probably the last huge expenditure of the excess of the pre-recession world. If they don't show some real-life applicable information from the use of it, the villagers should arrive with torches.

    Hee hee

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  2. Jeff;
    I'd love for you to do a post on this. I'm interested in your opinions.
    http://www.physorg.com/news174921612.html

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  3. Fascinating post. In the book FlashForward, on which the new TV show is based, the collider triggers a 137-second blackout in consciousness worldwide. During those seconds, everyone sees a vision of their personal future.

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  4. I've been watching the show. So far, the concept of the show is intriguing, although I think the characters are rather dull. I decided to watch it because I heard it was going to be a format similar to LOST, but to me, it's far from LOST. LOST has a great concept and interesting characters. I tune in every week to watch LOST to see what happens next. But...I'm beginning to lose interest in what happens to the characters in FlashForward next. Hopefully it will get better before I completely lose interest.

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