Wednesday, 10 September 2008

Large Hadron Collider

The Large Hadron Collider was switched on today at 8 am. There is tremendous excitement in the media regarding this event , calling it the Second Big Bang and some scientists have suggested that Black holes could be created which would suck the whole universe into them and destroy all matter . The media seems to love ' End of the World ' stories . However the scale and imagination of the project is impressive , whilst completely ununderstandable to lay people like me , who received a U grade in my Physics O Level . I will cheat and quote from today's Times , which attempts to make sense of it :

' In a tunnel buried 100 metres below ground , on the shores of Lake Geneva , scientists will attempt to thread a stream of sub-atomic particles around a 27 km ( 17 mile ) ring without touching the sides . When the protons snake all the way around the circle , and begin to orbit it more than 11000 times a second , a new eye will have been cast on the nature of everything .

Within a few months , the particle accelerator will start to condense its protons into beams a quarter of the diameter of the human hair , and to fling them together at 99.9999991 per cent of the speed of light .The resulting collisions will generate energy so intense that such conditions have not existed since a trillionth of a second after the Big Bang , throwing sub-atomic debris into vast detectors .These detectors will track and see new particles and perhaps even new dimensions – structural components of the cosmos about which we have been able to guess , but not to know . '

To the vast majority of the human race , this is gobbledegook and we can only sit back and praise the scientists on their incredible intelligence . But there is a flaw in this grand experiment – namely that there is no physical matter . The world we see is not real . The sun , the stars , the moon and the planets do not exist . The computer screen you are looking at , is not there . Everything we observe is imagined ie. it is in our Mind . In fact the one thing that keeps the physical world real to us is the belief that it is real.

It is just the same with Quantum Physics and all micro physics . The scientists are analysing nothing . Our Ego , which sees itself As 'I', rather than the whole of the Universe which we are , urges us to research and analyse the physical , as this keeps us in the prison of addiction to the world . Life cannot be analysed and researched . Our logical , human brain will attempt to do this , but will always fail . Life just is and the more one philosophises on it , the more you come to understand what a huge waste of time it is trying to explain it . In my opinion , the world we see is a symbolic representation of our Mind but no more than that .The ' discoveries ' that come from the Large Hadron Collider , however interesting , will only be figments of our imagination .

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