Two Reasons Why, off the top of my head, the Large Hadron Collider is Not Being Sabotaged from the Future

Posted: October 14, 2009 in Physics, Science
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I just read this article from io9: Is the Large Hadron Collider Being Sabotaged from the Future?

Plausible. Quite plausible, and fun to ponder. But, unless time travel in the future works like the method in the Terminator ‘verse, in which you can only go back or forward  in units of whole years and therefore can’t exactly control where you show up in the past, the much easier way to stop us from observing the Higgs boson would be to make sure the LHC were never built. I would think cutting funding or stamping out support is far easier than disabling the machine once it’s built. Plus, we wouldn’t seek to repair the LHC and continue experiments if it didn’t exist.

The other problem here is the fact that, unless there is a causal loop involved, it seems the future has turned out just fine with the knowledge LHC scientists seek if the future has a time machine. The causal loop I mentioned would be this: sabateurs from the future have to preserve the future by making sure the machine doesn’t work.

But then, I’m a mere undergraduate physics and English major. And these were just two reasons off the top of my head. I haven’t actually thought any of this through. Maybe it would be better if we unplugged the darn thing and let particle physics rot, just in case the hiccups in operation truly are hints from a dystopian future.

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