Skip to comments.DOOMSDAY FEARS SPARK LAWSUIT
Posted on 03/28/2008 4:40:13 AM PDT by chessplayer
"The builders of the world's biggest particle collider are being sued in federal court over fears that the experiment might create globe-gobbling black holes or never-before-seen strains of matter that would destroy the planet."
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Well, they better hurry up because the other day in the grocery check out line one of the rags proclaimed the end of the world would be in May.
We'll just have to wait and cross that bridge when we come to it.
might create globe-gobbling black holes
No kidding. Any black hole they could create there would dissipate in a fraction of a second.
I have always thought that this might happen with this machine. But then some thought the “A” Bomb would continue its energy release through out the world. So like those I am most likely wrong.
Yup, Hawking radiation would kill any tiny blackhole we’d accidently produce. I’d love to see a new “strain” of matter, like it’d be a disease or act like Ice-9. The funniest articles are about science, when the author obviously has no clue what s/he is talking about. =)
“What didn’t happen”
“We’ve heard plenty about the test called Trinity, but few people know that what what was most important about the explosion was not what happened, but what didn’t happen.”
“The chain reaction did not get out of control. The atmosphere and oceans did not ignite. The world did not end in a planet-enveloping blaze of light. A few dozen physicists bet everything — all life on the planet! — on their ability to calculate in advance the result of an experiment that had never been tried before.”
“Even Hitler blanched at the stakes.”
“Enrico Fermi, one of the most brilliant of the atomic scientists, offered to take bets on whether or not the bomb would ignite the atmosphere, and if so, whether it would merely destroy New Mexico or the entire world. His macabre humor was not appreciated.”
“When the bomb exploded, the confidence of at least one physicist was briefly tested.”
If they've never been seen before, how do they know it would destroy the planet? I mean, maybe it'll instead make us all sing Kumbaya for 56782 consecutive days then step out for slurpies?
The History Channel did a show reporting it is almost a certainty that the world will end on December 21, 2012.
Ah yes, Ice 9. That bastard Felix Hoenikker planted the seed that will eventually kill us all
There are no pictures of the people who brought this lawsuit because they’re afraid the cameras will steal their souls.
My favorite quote from Jurassic Park;
Dr. Ian Malcolm: “Yeah, but your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn’t stop to think if they should.”
Just for clarification
“Artificial Life Likely in 3 to 10 Years”
“It’s going to be a big deal and everybody’s going to know about it,” said Mark Bedau, chief operating officer of ProtoLife of Venice, Italy, one of those in the race. “We’re talking about a technology that could change our world in pretty fundamental waysin fact, in ways that are impossible to predict.”
According to Albert Speer, Hitler’s Minister of Armaments, in “Inside the Third Reich”, Hitler rejected out-of-hand the ideas of the top two atomic scientists whom Speer had brought in to brief Hitler — because they were Jewish. The irony is overwhelming.
Dr. Ian Malcolm: Yeah, but your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didnt stop to think if they should.
My favorite quotes from JP (interestingly enough, all by Ian Malcom)
"I'm always on the lookout for the next former Mrs Malcom."
"Out of work, don't you mean extinct?"
"That's one big pile of s**t!"
” Ice-9” has been renamed. It’s now called “Spitzerite.”
Oh well, sh!t happens.
“A few dozen physicists bet everything all life on the planet! on their ability to calculate in advance the result of an experiment that had never been tried before.
Thats the money quote. How many people would be willing to put all life on the planet in the hands of a few dozen scientists?
“Enrico Fermi thought there was about a 10% chance the A bomb would ignite the nitrogen in the atmosphere....”
I believe such odds would be an unacceptable risk nowadays.
And, just prior to the Trinity test, he took wagers on his hunch from his fellow scientists. I find that sense of humor appealing in a scientist. :)
If it’s in the DC area, I’m all for it.
I don’t think it’s funny. I actually find it quite sad.
Well that’s depressing, I like to find humor in everything.
Note to self: Don’t bother to do any Christmas shopping in December, 2012.
I try my best, but I’m of the opinion that everyone needs some level of science education, of course, that would be far too much to ask. There are many studying the sciences and engineering that don’t even know these things.
Probably saw that low budget Skiffy Channel movie with Judd Nelson.
If it does ignite, everybody loses. If it doesn't, then only Fermi, assuming the other geniuses realize there's only one winning bet, loses.
OMG!! I just choked on my coffee from laughing so hard! Thanks!
Here’s a link to a short vid detailing the extraordinary security and safety precautions being taken at the super smasher!
I think I’m going to join the lawsuit since a guy down at the homeless shelter said a participle collator might increase rust on my truck.
But what does he know about rust?
While the Bible has much to attest to it’s predictive veracity, the west promotes some obscure Mayan prediction because it makes no real moral demands upon them, whereas it intuitively knows Jesus is a threat to their lifestyle: http://peacebyjesus.witnesstoday.org/RevealingStatistics.html
I remember reading that before we had ever set of an atomic bomb, some within the program were worried that there was a theoretical possibility it could set off our atmosphere and cook the whole planet.
I think it was mainly the janitors that believed this.
Oops. I see you beat me to it.
So Enrico wasn’t one of the janitors?
Next they’ll sue Churches after all there is a possibility that prayer could bring on Rapture
My favorite theory as to why we have not discovered interstellar alien life:
Every species of intelligent life goes thru the same basic process of scientific development (mechanical physics, sound, chemistry, electromagnetics, atomic physics, quantum physics, etc.). Eventually, they inevitably get to a point that amounts to “what happens if I try this?” and the whole planet vanishes before anyone figures out that maybe it’s not a good idea after all.