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Recreating The Big Bang?

by Lila M. (writer), L.A., September 09, 2008

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Not the adult movie version, but the real thing….

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.  



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By CCNY on September 09, 2008 at 11:44 pm

Right from the get-go, I thought this one was really out there on Chicken Little's "The sky is falling" index, and then you really delivered the goods: a "Planet of the Apes" parable.  I LOVE IT!!!  One of my favorite movies ever.

Being sucked up by a black hole would probably happen so fast, would we even comprehend it?  And I think I might welcome a Douglas Adams-style adventure right about now, if only to avoid having to vote this November.

Chas.

PS - While they tend to behave like they are God, scientists definitely do not rate a capital S.  Hell, they're already powerful enough to have built a Black Hole Machine, so let's don't go giving them the All-Powerful Capital S on top of everything else...

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By Lila M. on September 10, 2008 at 01:46 am

Thanks Chas, I’m glad you liked it!  Also, here at Broo most people know I like to capitalize in certain articles or comments in mock of making something stand out, so yes, it was purely intentional for that purpose.  But IF (cause that is the key word) this were to happen, it wouldn’t be over night either, it would be over time so yes we would actually see the gradual effects.  But I’m confused as to why they should even cause the risk that potentially may wipe out mankind?  I’ve watched several documentaries on this and not one scientist could name what the actual benefits of this would be except for maybe finding the secret of the big bang theory and/or other dimensions, etc.  So what is this going to do?  Who knows, the scientist don’t even know.   But why spend $10 billion+ dollars on such a project…shouldn’t this have been spent on something that would actually benefit us in some way.   No matter what, scientists are not always right and therefore…I’m sticking to my Planet of the Apes theory!

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By CCNY on September 10, 2008 at 07:48 am

Duly noted on the capital letter syndrome, thanks.

When I first heard the LHC story, it sounded like pure science fiction, and of course, I pictured a rogue scientist twirling his handlebar moustache while cackling maniacally after flipping the switch on the Collider.  But I find it hard to believe that these scientists were able to see this project through to fruition without one of them taking a bullet in the head or at least some government stepping in to stop it or at the very least, hinder it.  It does seem pointless, very expensive and needlessly dangerous, but still... this thread has tips of the hat to Planet of the Apes, Soylent Green and Hitchhiker's Guide in it, so it must be a good thing.  Go, Hadron Collider, Go!

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By Batman on September 10, 2008 at 11:15 am

There's already a movie entitled 2012, so, I'm thinking we'll see what Hollywood thinks the end of the world will look like, and at this point, they probably won't get it right either....

Hasn't anyone read Revelations?

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By Lila M. on September 10, 2008 at 12:51 pm

Thanks for all your comments.  It’s funny I thought I would just creep in and divert your attention for a sec with this article (with slight homage paid to the onion via the POTA).  But now, every news organization has also covered it much in the same way (CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, etc.) not to mention the ones who already did a piece on it - History, Nat Geo, Discovery.  And the LHC is on Google’s front page.  Brilliant.  In the entertainment biz it’s also running wild, making it official that ‘going green’ is out, it’s doomsday now.   Treatments are rolling in by the truckloads and yes movie’s are being conjured up in honor of this big buzz.  I’m still not a believer in the experiment, but if it will somehow prove that the real Michael Jackson was abducted by aliens, then I’m all for it. 

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By CCNY on September 11, 2008 at 07:49 am

Garry,

What, no love for the England squad at World Cup '10?  C'mon, England!!!

Chas

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By CCNY on September 11, 2008 at 02:17 pm

Nice win over Iceland, but really... Macedonia?!?!

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