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The Lard Hadron Collider
As excitements grows in the scientific community about the imminent announcement from the Large Hadron Collider team at CERN about how they have nearly found something interesting, Xavier Connolly explains why the whole thing is just a science a scam.
In the next few weeks scientists working on the Large Hadron Collider are expected to reveal the results from analysis of the latest experiments at the huge £6 billion particle-accelerating machine at CERN on the French-Swiss border, near Geneva. One of the main scientific goals of the huge £6 billion atom smasher is to prove the existence of the Higgs Boson, a theoretical particle believed to give everything in the universe mass.
The particle is a key part of the standard model used in physics to describe how particles and atoms are made up.
Professor John Ellis, a former head of theoretical physics at CERN, said on the BBC's Newsnight programme The LHC experiments have already looked high and low for this missing piece." The more able at critical thinking among you will note the implication there that the Higgs Boson must be somewhere they have forgotten to look. An objective person would be admitting that the elusive particle probably does not exist however to be a theoretical physicist requires an act of faith greater than any required of a religious martyr.
Professor Ellis, who is now a guest professor at CERN, described to the BBC how finding the particle was hugely important to modern physics.
"What we have at the moment is something we call the Standard Model, that describes all fundamental particle physics. You can think of it as being an enormous giant Jigsaw puzzle, but there's a piece missing right in the middle there.
"We have been looking for this for 30 years now, and finally, maybe, hidden under the back of the LHC sofa... we are finally finding it."
This is true, but the problem with such sub atomic particles is not so much that they hide down the back of sofas as they don't really exist. Though sceptical of most theories od speculative physicists because there is absolutely no real evidence to support them, only speculative mathematics, one I do not dismiss because quite simply it does not offend against comon sense, is thatmatter is highly compressed energy. Thus the sub atomic particles that make up the nucleus of an atom are only observable as little fizzes of energy picked unp by the delicate sensors used in these experiments. To give you a clue how insubstantial these substances such as protone, neutrons and such are, once an atom has ben smashed and they are released from the nucleus, with the exception of protons nd neutrons it takes a mere few millions of a second for the sub particles to decay, thus providing the heat used to make steam to drive the turbines in nuclear power stations. So how do you find something that once released from the atomic nucleus it has ben bound into only existsor such a short time?
Sergio Bertoluccfi, director of research at CERN, was more cautious than Professor Ellis about Higgs Boson but did tell the programme he felt further analysis of the results announced last month (December 2011) would be "very interesting". Don't you love the vagueness, the evasiveness? It suggests to this observer there is as much chance of proving or disproving the Higgs Boson theory as of proving the existence or non existence of God.
He said: "It's too early to say... I think we may get indications that are not consistent with its nonexistence." See what I mean? Indications that is does not exist are not proof that it does.
Sr. Bertolucci concluded, "This hunt for the Higgs is like fishing in an ancient way... instead of using modern tools you are removing the water from the pond... it might look tedious but it is the only way, at the end of the day, when you have removed all the water from the pond to find the smallest fish."
What utter bollocks that last remark is. And what utter bollocks this whole project has been from start to finish. I, among many others, was saying two years ago the LHC would find nothing new. I predicted then that that the the project would end with the scientists saying they were really ever so close to discovering lots of really important stuff and if us tight fisted taxpayers would just try to understand how much it matters that know how matter is made up and how the (mostly theoretical) bits and pieces that make up atoms are held together and agree to give them another $20 billion, a bigger whizzbang machine and some REALLY powerful computers to play with they would, after another ten year ride on the gravy train be able to tell us the answer to life, the universe and everything.
The problem is politicians still believe them. Or at least still think they see some political advantage in pretending to believe such far fetched sci - fi nonesense has some value.
In the USA there is a political phrase not much used in Britain, Pork Barrel Politics. It is faily self explanatory. Many scientific research projects seem to fall into that category though I am not sure what benefit politicians see in handing out free pork to people who promise they will reveal the secrets of life or scan the universe for planets where life forms similar to us might exist. Such stories might serve to distract voters from the total and utter mess governments are making of everything I suppose.
But whatever the perceived benefit, much of the work dodging that is passed off as "science" these days falls into the category of Pork Barrel Politics. For that reason I suggest CERN's next attempt to
bankrupt the world discover the secrets of the universe be referred to as The Lard Hadron Collider.
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