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CERN Could be Dangerous

Some questions are so hard to answer that we have to really think about them (Anne Strieber reads her paper about this for subscribers this week). For instance, if time travel exists, why can't we go back in time and kill our grandparents (which means we would never have been born)? The principle of least action means that could never happen, because nature always takes the simplest and shortest route to the solution of any problem, meaning that no effort toassassinate an ancestor can succeed if it would mean thatyou could not exist. Scientists think that this principle is what will protect us from dangerous repercussions from the CERN collider as well.

The Large Hadron Collider, which has been built underground outside Geneva, Switzerland, has come back on line and will hopefully discover parallel universes, dark matter, black holes and generate the Higgs boson, which isbelieved to be the fundamental building block of matter andhas been called the God particle. But could CERN's effort to unlock secrets toodangerous to reveal be sabotaged by IT'S OWN future? The Higgs boson might be such a rogue particle that its detectioncould resonate backward through time and stop (or even destroy) the collider before detection can take place.

One reason scientists are worried about CERN's fate is because of all the unusual problems it has had so far. In the October 13th edition of the New York Times, Dennis Overbye quotes Holger Bech Nielsen, of the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen, as saying, "It must be our prediction that all Higgs producing machines shall have bad luck. One could even almost say that we have a model for God." It is his guess "that He rather hates Higgs particles, and attempts to avoid them."

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