The end is possibly very nigh, thanks to particle physicists

Particle physicists advise: live the next two days as if they were your last, just in case they are.

WTF? You may well ask. CERN, the giant research laboratory in Switzerland that invented the internet and provided much food for thought for novelist Dan Brown, is about to switch on a new piece of kit.

A piece of kit that causes black holes.

What if they lose control of it, and the planet gets swallowed?

You may well ask. This from The Guardian:

Will the world end on Wednesday?

If you think it’s unlikely that we will all be sucked into a giant black hole that will swallow the world, as German chemistry professor Otto Rössler of the University of Tübingen posits, and so carry on with your life as normal, only to find out that it’s true, you’ll be a bit miffed, won’t you?

If, on the other hand, you disagree with theoretical physicist Prof Sir Chris Llewellyn Smith of the UK Atomic Energy Agency, who argues that fears of possible global self-ingestion have been exaggerated, and decide to live the next two days as if they were your last, and then nothing whatsoever happens, you’d feel a bit of a fool too.

Rössler apparently thinks it “quite plausible” that the “mini black holes” the Cern atom-smasher creates “will survive and grow exponentially and eat the planet from the inside”. So convinced is he that he has lodged an EU court lawsuit alleging that the project violates the right to life guaranteed under the European Convention of Human Rights.

Prof Llewellyn Smith, however, has assured Radio 4’s Today programme that the LHC – designed to help solve fundamental questions about the structure of matter and, hopefully, arrive at a “theory of everything” – is completely safe and will not be doing anything that has not happened “100,000 times over” in nature since the earth has existed. Read full story here…

Thing is, like all the best conspiracy theories, it’s just so horribly plausible, isn’t it?

One thought on “The end is possibly very nigh, thanks to particle physicists

  1. CERN argues that the chances of danger are in reality zero. The safety opposition alleges that CERN is misrepresenting the facts and the probabilities. If CERN’s assumptions and calculations are wrong, as many scientists believe, then the chances for danger may be high, possibly very high.

    Only a very small number of physicists have studied the safety arguments in detail, and the results are very mixed.

    Most of the reviews are linked to CERN, either CERN scientists, CERN Scientific Policy Committee members or scientists requested to comment as a favor to CERN.

    Other fully independent physicists including senior Physics PHD Dr. Rainer Plaga wrote a paper refuting safety and proposing risk mitigation measures, currently ignored by CERN.

    Visiting Professor of Physics Dr. Otto Rossler is an award winning and famous contributor to Chaos Theory and the founder of Endophysics. Dr. Rossler also refutes CERN’s claims that white dwarf and neutron stars are susceptible to fast moving micro black holes, Dr. Rossler contends that CERN’s experiment may pose an existential risk to the planet.

    Dr. Rossler calculates that creation of micro black holes could be catastrophic to Earth in years, decades or centuries.

    Former cosmic ray researcher, California math champion and Nuclear Safety Officer Walter L. Wagner discovered flaws with CERN’s safety arguments. He calculates stable strange matter creation (particularly from Lead Lead collisions) and dangerous micro black hole creation has not been excluded and might as likely prove catastrophic.

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