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    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeOct 22nd 2009
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    I actually think we've been in the wrong universe since 1848 at the minimum and probably since the Putney Debates.
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    For anyone who wants a sceptical and informed opinion on this subject, here are two astronomers chatting about it on a critical thinking podcast:
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      CommentAuthorCarmen
    • CommentTimeOct 26th 2009
     (7056.23)
    CERNINATOR!

    :D
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      CommentAuthorpurly
    • CommentTimeOct 26th 2009
     (7056.24)
    Yeah, of course, it's sabotaging itself. Because the standard model CAN'T be wrong! duh.
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      CommentAuthorLactamaeon
    • CommentTimeNov 25th 2009
     (7056.25)
    CERNINATOR!


    .....Or how about:

    CERN
    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeNov 25th 2009
     (7056.26)
    So far its been operating for several days and no ka-blooie and no freak shutdown.

    But it's operating at minimum power currently.

    Let's see what happens if it cranks up.

    Either there's another freak accident to stop it; the scientists get the answers they want or they find something totally bizarre and unexpected.

    Any of those results is pretty damn cool.
    • CommentAuthor256
    • CommentTimeNov 27th 2009
     (7056.27)
    The real problem with this theory is that the data has never required its formulation; The ways that the LHC broke down were never inexplicable or even particularly surprising. The LHC is, literally, the most complex thing ever made by humans. Complex things tend to go a bit wrong. Extremely complex things tend to go...

    One factor here may be that the LHC has come to the attention of a lot of people who aren't familiar with how big science tends to happen. As far as I can see most physicists expect it to take a fairly long time before we start getting any interesting data, but that's not a paradigm that goes over well in the media or with people used to getting their information from it. A good headline is: COLLIDER REMAKES PHYSICS! not LHC SWITCHED ON! (2008) followed by TENTATIVE RESULTS SUGGEST ADJUSTMENTS NEEDED TO EINSTEIN'S EQUATIONS UNDER CERTAIN CONDITIONS (2015).
    • CommentAuthorSolario
    • CommentTimeNov 27th 2009
     (7056.28)
    I wouldn't worry about the LHC. CERN has people prepared for all contingencies.

    Headcrab
    • CommentAuthorPooka
    • CommentTimeNov 29th 2009
     (7056.29)
    hehehee....that image caught me off gaurd and made me giggle.
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      CommentAuthorLactamaeon
    • CommentTimeMar 31st 2010
     (7056.30)
    As of Tuesday, the Large Hadron Collider becomes fully operational...

    Aside from a historic crash of two proton beams, which produced three times more energy than researchers had created before, nothing "apocolyptic" has happened.

    Yet.

    : )
    • CommentAuthorSolario
    • CommentTimeMar 31st 2010
     (7056.31)
    @Lactamaeon

    There's still hope!
    • CommentAuthormycroft3x
    • CommentTimeMar 31st 2010
     (7056.32)
    Uh oh.

    LHC@home's website is down. The site's been up for a while with little to no work in preparation for the data output from the collider. Now I can't get to the site or the BOINC servers at all. Maybe all their webmasters are drunk.

    Or maybe it's the Hiiiiggs Boooooosoooooooon WHOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
    *throws sheet over head*
    *chases cat*
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      CommentAuthorrickiep00h
    • CommentTimeMar 31st 2010
     (7056.33)
    It's still up and running: linky.

    That site is amusing because you can also pick other colliders to monitor.
    • CommentAuthoricelandbob
    • CommentTimeMar 31st 2010
     (7056.34)
    and this is how you explain it all....

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    I'd put Grant Morrison in charge of my reality. It'd be more fun.
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    <blockquote>I'd put Grant Morrison in charge of my reality. It'd be more fun.</blockquote>


    Hell yeah!!!