Some quotes from an article in The New York Times:
Anyone have a spirituality, reality-creation (or other) viewpoint on this?
Quite a concrete question sticking out of the usual abstractness here at IQ. ;-)
Like with any other grandfather paradoxon-like effects, we know there are certain interpretations of quantum mechanics that can resolve such conflicts, for example:
A) Hugh Everett's Many-World interpretation: A man goes back in time and kills his grandfather. How could he have been born at all then? Easily, by doing so he merely created just another timeline or parallel universe where he is not born at all. His own existence and his original timeline remains unaffected. Similarly, in one of the future worlds the LHC will successfully be fired up. We can now only speculate as to why the created particles don't like the LHCs in the other universes like ours, but they decided to go and sabotage them there. ;-) Maybe it's just because there is some multi-dimensional equation that has to be balanced after all.
B) Copenhagen interpretation: There is only one world. The relationship between things like the grandfather and the son or the LHC and its not yet found particles has to be seen as one entangled object. If we visualize our spacetime structure as flatland, this entangled object has to be seen as some kind of self-contained entity or loopline that cannot be corrupted or destroyed. If someone tries, they would experience all kinds of strange effects that would hinder them in fulfilling their mission. The nature of the "accident" that will finally manifest may seem random and magical to us, but this it is at last merely chaos theory at work.
And so on, there are even more interpretations...
Now seriously, all metaphysics aside, concerning all those accidents at the LHC, I learnt from a physicist that their kind is a very peculiar and geeky one. ;-) Because there are no industry standard components yet for a not-quite-everyday-thing like the LHC, they simply have to improvise and tinker a lot, which they merrily do. However, due to their maverick nature, team communication isn't always the best, which adds to the risk that there are misunderstandings, so things may break. I guess we tax payers just have to be a bit patient with them. ;-)
'God particle discovered, physicists say in an article dated thursday 14th march 2013
The Large Hadron Collider is the world's largest high-energy particle accelerator built by the European Organisation for nuclear research(CERN).
CERN's atom smasher the large hadron collider that lies beneath the swiss-french border has been creating high energy collisions of protons to investigate how the universe came to be the way it is.
answered 18 Mar '13, 06:12
While reading through some of the comments to the article, I came across the following insightful reply which, though it doesn't answer the question directly, is I think still relevant to Inward Quest (and appears to have gone over the heads of most of the newspaper readers there).
It's worth noting that the LHC is an evolutionary, rather than revolutionary machine. Several successful colliders have been built before it. The only fundamental difference between this one and the others is its ability to function at higher energies.
The LHC was built to confirm the existence of the Large Hadron, as described here. It is larger than any other particle accelerator ever built, because that is what is needed to produce the energies required to create the Large Hadron particle (if it exists).
When you build a collider in the shape of a ring, you have to balance your ability to speed up the particles to relativistic speeds against your ability to steer those particles around the ring. This steering requires enormously strong magnetic fields, which is why the LHC uses superconducting magnets. The larger the ring, the less strong these magnetic fields have to be (because the turn is gentler). The LHC measures 27 kilometres around its circumference.
The grandiose nature of the machine has clearly given rise to much speculation about it. But maybe there's nothing more to the machine than what it actually is, which is just a higher-energy supercollider looking for a higher-energy particle.
For those of you who are Star Trek fans, there is a "God Particle" episode in the Star Trek Voyager series called "The Omega Directive."
It's a breathtakingly complex and exquisitely delicate machine. As one observer noted, "Perhaps the fact that it's the size of a small city might have something to do with its problems."
If people were sabotaging it from the future, wouldn't it be easier (especially from a reality-creation standpoint) to prevent the machine from being built in the first place, rather than waiting for it to become fully manifested?
I thought this viewpoint from one of the article's commenters was fun:
answered 13 Dec '09, 16:46
I just read everything, and think this could be the most important scientific discovery since the electron microscope! About this future changing the past stuff, it seems to me that probably their technology to time travel probably depended on the invention of this LHC thing.
Well on the other hand every time we get some technology or answer that can benefit the earth, government spends big money on using that to create new bigger and badder weapons. "Oh wait you mean with this thing I can destroy the world at the press of a button? Yes we need this to keep peace!" Ridiculous! What next the solar system, even the galaxy? "I'm warning you if you launch your nukes then we'll just blow up the galaxy." That is what it seems like never enough fire power! It is too bad we couldn't put our technology to use in a non lethal way for defense and peace. I think it was Nicola Tesla that built a ray that could disable any machine for many miles, that was a peace weapon, no one could launch anything when that was on.
I think sadly we are not (as a race) spiritually advanced enough for our technology; too many still seek more and more ways to (in case ever needed) completely obliterate each other.
I remember hearing with Einstein's theory, we could have invented ways to feed the whole earth and ways to teleport, in other words many things to benefit earth. But what has history shown we decided to do with it? Build bigger and badder bombs to blow up countries with, (for just in case needed). So maybe this technology in the future is used to make some kind of super weapons that work at the level of direct reality creation and manipulation.
If that is the case we created some kind of super weapon, then actually used it, (after all what good is an unused weapon?) In this case I could see why we would come back to sabotage it from ever working, because we might have messed up the nature of existence itself!
Other than this being used for a weapon, it could benefit the human race probably immeasurably.
answered 13 Dec '09, 18:26
The measure of science and its progress coupled with what some call spirituality will soon be revealed to all.
This is the leading edge. And many theologists (ego) will not be pleased.
answered 25 Mar '11, 08:27
I heard a legend a decade or so ago that when they fire up these big colliders, there is a spate of particle detections before the experiment begins. The punch line is that these are high-energy particles from the experiment that have tunneled backward through time.
Has anyone else heard this one?
What would happen if, having detected the particles, the experimenters decided not to proceed with the collision?
answered 07 Apr '11, 00:41
lhc they are trying to create another universe another big bang! what is the problem with this universe? could they not go try that at the edge of the universe in case it goes out of hand? i just hope they fail so they do not succed and create another big bang in this universe! are we on the verge of another tower of babylon?
answered 14 May '11, 19:06
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