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Brit mid-market tabloid says Large Hadron Collider within days of discovering parallel universe

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File:A small cup of coffee.JPG Daily Express:

The staggeringly complex LHC ‘atom smasher’ at the CERN centre in Geneva, Switzerland, will be fired up to its highest energy levels ever in a bid to detect – or even create – miniature black holes.

If successful a completely new universe will be revealed – rewriting not only the physics books but the philosophy books too.

It is even possible that gravity from our own universe may ‘leak’ into this parallel universe, scientists at the LHC say.

Useful clarification:

“Normally, when people think of the multiverse, they think of the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics, where every possibility is actualised.

“This cannot be tested and so it is philosophy and not science.

“This is not what we mean by parallel universes. What we mean is real universes in extra dimensions.

You mean, one in which one didn’t get a speeding ticket and did pay one’s rent?

Can this hype sponsored by the team (?) really be good for science?

Collider teams are doing something useful. But stories like this remind us that  the need to believe in something “sciencey” overwhelms judgement.

“Sciencey?” That means the space alien is science but Bigfoot is not. It;s not aobut levels of oproof but about cultural assumptions.

Historically, this used to be a bigger problem with supposed cancer cures or apparitions of saints.

The problem has gravitated, for better or worse, to physics and other sciences. Here is a quick summary of why that happened.

Note: Midmarket tabloid? Well, a lowbrow tabloid would claim that space aliens were part of the project. – O’Leary for News

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8 Replies to “Brit mid-market tabloid says Large Hadron Collider within days of discovering parallel universe

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    polistra says:

    Collider teams are doing something useful?????

    No. Even if they don’t succeed in destroying the entire universe, they’ve already destroyed billions of Euros that COULD have done something useful, like adding more gold-plated bidets to the EU headquarters.

    At best the LHC is a black hole for money.

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    ppolish says:

    Last century we learned that there were other galaxies beyond our Milky Way. Centuries before that we learned of New Worlds beyond the shores of our oceans. The discovery of New Dimensions by the LHC would be par for the course. Leakage is interesting. Hope the New Dimension doesn’t mind a bit of Swiss Gravity:)

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    Mark Frank says:

    It is many years since I have seen the inside of the Daily Express but I see the headlines in the local store. They mostly comprise dire and implausible warnings about the weather – presumably because they don’t have any journalists any more. I think it has really given up any pretence to be a newspaper.

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    ppolish says:

    Daily Express article pretty accurate. “Rainbow Gravity” theory to be tested at LHC.
    http://m.ign.com/articles/2015.....scientists

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    ppolish says:

    Discovery of parallel universe will have to wait a bit longer – short circuit on startup;
    http://www.bbc.com/news/scienc.....t-32038186

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    ppolish says:

    http://backreaction.blogspot.c.....w&m=1

    “Why does the media hype this nonsense? Three reasons I can think of. First, the next LHC startup is near and they’re looking for a hook to get the story across. Black holes and parallel universes sound good, regardless of whether this has anything to do with reality. Second, the paper shamelessly overstates the relevance of the investigation, makes claims that are manifestly wrong, and fails to point out the miserable state that the framework they use is in. Third, the authors willingly feed the hype in the press”

    Author of this article, Sabine Hossenfelder, adds in the comments: “Honestly, it’s things like this that make me want to leave academia. This just isn’t research any more this is only sales strategies and networking”

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    Dr JDD says:

    Great link ppolish. I particularly like the response to a comment from someone saying the author should submit a paper to counter such apparently disproved “theories” or models:

    This would be an entire waste of time. See, this paper is one of hundreds of papers that have been published on this and similar nonsense, and it is admittedly not even a particularly bad one. Most of the papers on the topic are far worse that that. I have already tried to address these problems by publishing this paper which explicitly rules out all models that give rise to a modified dispersion relation of the same type that the authors use. But look, it doesn’t make any difference. The model is ruled out – you’d think that’s the end of the story. But that isn’t how science works these days. People continue to publish papers on this by just ignoring it. They don’t even claim there is something wrong with my argument, they just ignore it and continue with their nonsense.

    Note the point about how science “works” these days. Yet if you say this in the context of disciplines like evolutionary biology everyone jumps on you.

    Modern science is corrupted. Some is good, most is a sales pitch and ego driven. It certainly isn’t as pure as most would like to believe.

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