I just got back from Lens Crafters, and here are my new goggles. Just in time for spring and 65 degree weather.
The world needs to know of a legitimate threat to its well-being and even existence, according to a New York Times article published today under the title, “Asking a Judge to Save the World, or More.” Two scientists have filed an injunction in Hawaii aimed at delaying the Large Hadron Collider in Europe from coming fully on line. They represent the element of fear in the scientific community that this experiment might go too far into the risky unknown.
[X-wings are approaching Death Star]
Wedge Antilles (Red 2): Look at the *size* of that thing!
Red Leader: Cut the chatter, Red 2. Accelerate to attack speed.
Of major concern is that the colliding of protons at a speed that will recreate conditions at one trillionth a second after the Big Bang may create a tiny black hole that eats Earth. There is some probability that it will happen, but Stephen Hawking wrote in 1974 that such black holes would just evaporate. Most in the scientific community seem to believe Hawking. The suit would not derail the European project completely, just delay it until people can figure out if the tiny black holes it will create will in fact evaporate…
“Maybe physics really is so weird as to not have black holes evaporate,” said William Unruh, of the University of British Columbia. “But it would really, really have to be weird.”
May I here interject that I think its really weird that it seems that the scientific debate is not over whether we’re creating tiny black holes but whether these tiny black holes we are creating will evaporate or not? In fact, I’d describe that as really, really weird. Maybe more time to study these questions of tiny black holes and their evaporation is necessary, just in case Stephen Hawking is wrong about black holes (again!). The eyes of the world will or won’t be fixated on a Hawaiian courthouse.
There is the probability that many things will happen when we flip that switch and begin to hurl protons down the pipe. “Dr. Arkani-Hamed said concerning worries about the death of the Earth or universe, “Neither has any merit.” He pointed out that because of the dice-throwing nature of quantum physics, there was some probability of almost anything happening. There is some minuscule probability, he said, “the Large Hadron Collider might make dragons that might eat us up.””
Thats a concern, but then dragons have long been a nuisance to Europe. Since the dawn of empire Kings and Queens have done battle with their viscous horde. If the Large Hadron Collider opens a door back to those darker ages, then we humans will stand ready with the one weapon time-tested to be victorious against 100% all size dragons: magic. A modern-day gathering of wizards and elders could bring enough magic firepower to evaporate the Hawking dragons forever. But what if, when that switch gets flipped, its our magic earth that evaporates?