Put your differences (or hatred) aside for the candidates for just a minute and think about this. Tomorrow evening Scientists plan to unleash an experiment that will recreate the ‘Big Bang’ theory. For over 15 years Scientists held up in a facility on the border of France and Switzerland have been building a machine called the Large Hadron Collider to recreate the immediate aftermath of the Big Bang. The Large Hadron Collider or LHC smashes protons moving at the speed of light into each other which then recreates the same conditions that happened a fraction of a second after the Big Bang some 13 billion years ago.
What is unsettling is that this experiment could potentially have a catastrophic effect, which opposing Scientist against this measure claim could in part unearth one or more black hole's that will slowly suck up the Earth in a matter of 50 months if the experiment goes awry.
I guess the question is why? Why is it so important to do this now? Yes it is important to know different aspects of the Earth and unlock the secrets of the Big Bang theory, but why put billions of people at risk for such an experiment? Didn’t curiosity eventually kill the cat? Unless there is some urgent reason why this information ought to be derived, must we all sit idle while some ego and career medal driven Scientist’s toy with our lives and mankind in general?
As to the disaster that threatens and the doomsday scenarios that the LHC might present such as setting free a black hole to eventually swallow the Earth, one of the main Scientist’s conducting the experiment was quoted as saying, “"We have been shown to meet all safety standards. In terms of the black-hole scenario, LHC is safe." This quote is vague, and ultimately dances around the question. What does it mean they have met safety standards? That answer does not signify a solid answer as to whether we are going to be safe or not from what might happen months or years from now after this button is pressed.
Professor Stephen Hawking also dismissed the doomsday scenario by stating, "Whatever the LHC finds or fails to find, the results will tell us a lot about the structure of the universe". But there are skeptics. Many Scientists opposed to this experiment know that to unleash this will eventually unleash a pandora’s box, and that we may not know what is happening until it happens 50 months from now if a sudden hole pops up in the Indian Ocean and slowly starts to eat the Earth from inside out. Other colorful theories run vast as to whether it could allow beings from another universe to invade through a hole in the space-time continuum, etc. From legitimate concerns to wild Star Wars type scenarios, we should be concerned in this experiment for the sheer fact that it exposes us to bigger dangers and threats not just nuclear attacks and terrorists. This may very well threaten mankind as a whole if the opposing Scientist’s are right.
Furthermore, if you calculate this 50 month mark the opposing Scientist’s have penned would be the end of Earth if this experiment does go bad, then it will be about the year 2012. Wasn’t this also the doomsday year that experts including ancient calendars rave about? Are we unknowingly or subconsciously contributing to our own demise?
I can only say that history has proven that what people do for a few minutes of glory, might bring a lifetime of pain or tragedy or even destruction. With this I’ve always thought that technology and science will eventually be our destined doom.
In the words of Charlton Heston in that fateful scene in Planet of the Apes where he sees a dismembered Statue of Liberty washed up on a beach, “They finally really did it. You maniacs, you blew it up. Damn you…God Damn you all to hell”. Will Earth reemerge thousands of years from now and with apes ruling the planet? Does art imitate life and so on? I can only hope that with this experiment the opposing Scientists are proven wrong.