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Supersymmetry: String theorists losing bets? Resorting to “denialism”?

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Calabi yau formatted.svg From Peter Woit at Not Even Wrong:

The results on searches for supersymmetry reported this week have all been negative, further pushing up the limits on possible masses of conjectured superparticles. Typical limits on gluino masses are now about 2.0 TeV (see here for the latest), up from about 1.8 TeV last summer (see here). ATLAS results are being posted here, and I believe CMS results will appear here.

This is now enough data near the design energy that some of the bets SUSY enthusiasts made years ago will now have to be paid off, in particular Lubos Motl’s bet with Adam Falkowski, and David Gross’s with Ken Lane (see here). A major question now facing those who have spent decades promoting SUSY extensions of the Standard Model is whether they will accept the verdict of experiment or choose a path of denialism, something that I think will be very damaging for the field. The situation last summer (see here) was not encouraging, maybe we’ll soon see if more conclusive data has any effect. More.

But can one really lose a bet in a post-fact science world?

Anyway, wouldn’t the problems be solved if cosmology were redesignated as an arts discipline or, possibly, therapy?

See also: The war on falsifiability in science continues

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2 Replies to “Supersymmetry: String theorists losing bets? Resorting to “denialism”?

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    Dionisio says:

    But can one really lose a bet in a post-fact science world?

    Not necessarily. 🙂

    Anyway, wouldn’t the problems be solved if cosmology were redesignated as an arts discipline or, possibly, therapy?

    Yes, of course!

    That reminds me of a story where in some cities they drastically reduced their crime index by simply redefining the term “crime”. Many things that were previously considered “criminal” were removed from the list. That worked! 🙂

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    Charles says:

    A major question now facing those who have spent decades promoting SUSY extensions of the Standard Model is whether they will accept the verdict of experiment or choose a path of denialism, something that I think will be very damaging for the field.

    No worries, because Multiverse.

    The only issue is how the “winners” can afford to pay the “losers” for the multitude of universes where SUSY results are positive.

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