posted on Oct, 14 2009 @ 05:56 AM
Folks, these scientists are not seriously trying to make up some excuse why the LHC doesn't work. They're not seriously presenting this idea as
something real. They're throwing out a very wild hypothesis that they fully understand is extremely unlikely to be true.
That's what these guys get paid to do. Quantum theory is bizarre. As Richard Feynman said, "If quantum theory makes sense, you do not understand
it". Theoretical physicists are crazy. They name their particles things like wimps and winos, strange, top, beauty quarks, and so on.
I doubt these guys were any more serious about this theory, than someone would be who blamed problems on Murphy's Law or gremlins. S*** happens.
People come to believe that somehow nature herself is trying to mess with us. Until we figure it out and move on with our lives.
No one's abandoning LHC, or giving up, or changing its goals. No one's proposing that the Higgs boson is really so offensive to nature that it must
not exist. They're just tossing out ideas.
I still find this whole idea intriguing. It reminds me of someone's idea that the event horizon of a black hole was a way of protecting the Universe
from a singularity. They said that nature abhors a "naked singularity", so she modestly hides it behind an event horizon beyond which you cannot
see. You can go *into* the event horizon, but then you can never come back to share what you saw. Cool stuff.
I don't think anyone believes it now, but this is what these guys do. They throw out all kinds of totally ridiculous, crazy, insane, confusing,
idiotic ideas. Brainstorming, letting the imagination run rampant, go wherever it wants, even if it's completely "impossible". Then they do the
math (literally), check astronomical observations, smash some particles together, looking for clues that will falsify some of these goofy notions.
Most of them get weeded out pretty early, I'm sure, but some survive. That doesn't mean they're right. Often it's just that we can't figure out
a way to test the idea. Take string theory - very interesting, explains a lot, but we haven't found a way to test it.