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http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/13/science/space/13lhc.html?r...

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A pair of otherwise distinguished physicists have suggested that the hypothesized Higgs boson, which physicists hope to produce with the collider, might be so abhorrent to nature that its creation would ripple backward through time and stop the collider before it could make one, like a time traveler who goes back in time to kill his grandfather.

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"It must be our prediction that all Higgs producing machines shall have bad luck,” Dr. Nielsen said in an e-mail message. In an unpublished essay, Dr. Nielson said of the theory, “Well, one could even almost say that we have a model for God.” It is their guess, he went on, “that He rather hates Higgs particles, and attempts to avoid them.”

This malign influence from the future, they argue, could explain why the United States Superconducting Supercollider, also designed to find the Higgs, was canceled in 1993 after billions of dollars had already been spent, an event so unlikely that Dr. Nielsen calls it an “anti-miracle.”
 
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Neat. Let's see if the collider breaks again...
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Link to paper:

http://arxiv.org/PS_cache/arxiv/pdf/0802/0802.2991v2.pdf
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I love how the Times refers to them as "otherwise distinguished physicists"!

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This malign influence from the future, they argue, could explain why the United States Superconducting Supercollider, also designed to find the Higgs, was canceled in 1993 after billions of dollars had already been spent, an event so unlikely that Dr. Nielsen calls it an "anti-miracle".

Dr. Nielsen must not be too familiar with most government fundings! shake

Of course, God may have planted this cockamamie notion in the two scientists' heads, to keep people from discovering the particle!
 
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Heinlein would have been so pleased.
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This is cool. Future gremlin here to f**k up a machine.
 
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You know, the anthropomorphic principle means that we will never successfully operate anything that destroys the Earth. So if the higgs boson was earth-destroying, it would follow that we'll never see anything that can make it operate.

I'm not sure if this would be comforting or not.
 
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