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Is this what happened to the Krell?

Valerio Mezzanotti for The New York Times

I assume everyone has heard about the experiment that was started up today in Switzerland — they’re trying to recreate the Big Bang in miniature form.   Its been on all the news programs and smiley faced anchors laugh it up about how this may be the end for all of us.  The switch was thrown on Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world’s largest particle accelerator in an effort to find/create Higgs boson, sometimes dubbed the “God particle” (that in and of itself sounds like the plot of a bad sci-fi movie).  Check this link out where the particles are explained Higgs Boson and this link that explains the Large Hadron Collider experiment –LHC.  According to the Wikipedia article one of the many questions they hope to find answers to with this experiment is  — Are there extra dimensions, as predicted by various models inspired by string theory, and can we “see” them.   WHAT?  What!!!  I’m having flashbacks to The Adventures of Buckaroo Bonzai Across the 8th Dimension.  Maybe Dr. Lizardo wasn’t wrong, monkey boy! (This is another movie you – whoever you maybe – should check out if you’ve never had the pleasure of seeing it.)

Well, as it turns out, there really is the hypothetical potential of creating mini black holes that could consume the earth from the inside out.  From what I’ve read it is just a very few physicists who say a tiny potential is there to destroy our planet and all of us along with it.  Uhm, EXCUSE ME, shouldn’t we have been consulted about this?  “We” being the people of the earth?   Now granted, it is a very small, tiny, wee, infintisimal possibility that an itsy-bitsy black hole will be created and suck us all into non-existence but, still in the future, I’d like to be consulted on things like this.  

I particularly like this quote from an article from March, 2008, by Dennis Overbye in the New York Times,

Dr. Arkani-Hamedsaidconcerning 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.” 

Its nice to know scientists have a sense of whimsy about these things.

By the way, the title is yet another reference to Forbidden Planet, just in case you were wondering…  I just wish I could get that darn R.E.M. song out of my head…

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One thought on “Is this what happened to the Krell?

  1. Funny and scary at the same time.

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