Time travelling Higgs sabotages Large Hadron Collider
A pair of otherwise distinguished physicists have suggested that the hypothesized Higgs boson, which physicists hope to produce with the collider, might be so abhorrent to nature that its creation would ripple backward through time and stop the collider before it could make one, like a time traveler who goes back in time to kill his grandfather.
Holger Bech Nielsen, of the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen, and Masao Ninomiya of the Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics in Kyoto, Japan, put this idea forward in a series of papers…
Of course they are getting a violent backlash from the rest of the scientific community. Man, when have I heard of this happening before? Oh yeah, all the freakin time.
Now I am not arguing the merit of the idea, I am pointing out the closed mindedness of the mainstream science death-by-firing-squad-to-new-ideas collective mentality. We need more people like this producing new ideas. Where would science be if some people hadn’t taken “crazy” leaps, withstanding harsh and sometimes violent criticism, and even ejection from the Church of Scientific Truth, where new ideas are burned at the stake.
As Niels Bohr, Dr. Nielsen’s late countryman and one of the founders of quantum theory, once told a colleague: “We are all agreed that your theory is crazy. The question that divides us is whether it is crazy enough to have a chance of being correct.”
Dr. Nielsen is well-qualified in this tradition. He is known in physics as one of the founders of string theory and a deep and original thinker, “one of those extremely smart people that is willing to chase crazy ideas pretty far,” in the words of Sean Carroll, a Caltech physicist and author of a coming book about time, “From Eternity to Here.”
Good for him! At least he is a respectable physicist putting this out there, which makes watching the immediate naysayers squirming all the more pleasant.
“For those of us who believe in physics,” Einstein once wrote to a friend, “this separation between past, present and future is only an illusion.”
I must say, I am all for the LHC, because I have a strong hunch that it may reveal something outstanding that will humble, excite and drive forth more exploration into the unknown than we see right now. Blast to their predictions, lets see what this baby can do!