Rollin' Like Sisyphus

Huckleberry 1, The Supersymmetric Model 0

Posted in Who's On First? by Huckleberry on August 26, 2014


I laughed and pointed and bathed in the warm glow of the staggering possibility that, while I may not be “correct” about a lot of things, I’m probably more right about this than the current leading lights in the field:

The concept seems far-fetched, but it is garnering interest at a time of widespread soul-searching in the field. When the Large Hadron Collider at CERN Laboratory in Geneva closed down for upgrades in early 2013, its collisions had failed to yield any of dozens of particles that many theorists had included in their equations for more than 30 years. The grand flop suggests that researchers may have taken a wrong turn decades ago in their understanding of how to calculate the masses of particles.

Just maybe.

As the logical conclusion of prevailing assumptions, the multiverse hypothesis has surged in begrudging popularity in recent years. But the argument feels like a cop-out to many, or at least a huge letdown. A universe shaped by chance cancellations eludes understanding, and the existence of unreachable, alien universes may be impossible to prove. “And it’s pretty unsatisfactory to use the multiverse hypothesis to explain only things we don’t understand,” said Graham Ross, an emeritus professor of theoretical physics at the University of Oxford.

Couldn’t have said it better myself.


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  1. El Borak said, on August 26, 2014 at 14:09

    Lol. I don’t suppose they’ll be paying those grants back?

    • Huckleberry said, on August 26, 2014 at 14:24

      If I know particle physicists like I think I do, odds are great that they’ll double-down and demand more.
      Because being wrong simply isn’t fun if you can’t waste a whole lot of time and treasure along the way.

      • El Borak said, on August 26, 2014 at 15:37

        Well, at least they didn’t suck us all into a black hole or something.

        You gotta appreciate the little things.

  2. Doom said, on August 26, 2014 at 16:13

    I’m no expert, but I’ve been on your side of things for a very long time. I realized, when you talk about the impossible to prove, locate, visit, know… you are dealing with God. Whether mechanical, or spiritual. I saw them working their asses off in this field in high school. One of my sisters was dating one of the physicists in this field. Thankfully it didn’t work out for sis and junk scientist. Idjit.

    I still laugh. When one is too weak to abide God, but too smart too disbelieve, the only thing left is for hubris to interpose while they try to recreate a god while denouncing what is true. I’m just pleased they believe in dirt, so far. All I’m sayin’.

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