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No supersymmetry at LHC a puzzle?

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From Emily Conover at ScienceNews:

A beautiful but unproved theory of particle physics is withering in the harsh light of data.

For decades, many particle physicists have devoted themselves to the beloved theory, known as supersymmetry. But it’s beginning to seem that the zoo of new particles that the theory predicts —the heavier cousins of known particles — may live only in physicists’ imaginations. Or if such particles, known as superpartners, do exist, they’re not what physicists expected.

New data from the world’s most powerful particle accelerator — the Large Hadron Collider, now operating at higher energies than ever before — show no traces of superpartners. More.

Will we accept that or move toward throwing out falsifiability?

See also: Supersymmetry now needed to save physics?

6 Replies to “No supersymmetry at LHC a puzzle?

  1. 1
    Dionisio says:

    […] may live only in physicists’ imaginations

    What else is new?

    Imagination seems like an attribute of our limited human experience.

    A famous song of the second half of the 20th century tried to encourage us to imagine the ultimate reality our own way:

    Imagine there’s no heaven.

    Imagining something does not make it happen.

  2. 2
    News says:

    Yeh. Like no Santa Claus coming down the chimney. One wonders what it would take to convince some people that maybe supersymmetry isn’t a fruitful idea in physics.

    But then how much does reality matter?

  3. 3
    Dionisio says:

    News @2:

    But then how much does reality matter?

    That’s a very good question. Thank you.

    In the meantime let the scientists at the LHC and everywhere else continue to search for answers to many fundamental questions. What else can they do?

    Unending revelation of the ultimate reality.

    However, the answer to the most fundamental question has been revealed long ago in the Holy Scriptures:

    In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him was not any thing made that was made. [John 1:1-3 (ESV)]

    #1 addendum:

    […] may live only in physicists’ imaginations

    What happened to the author of the song mentioned @1 is very closely related to what he encouraged all to imagine in the beginning of his famous song.

    In sharp contrast to that senselessly and hopelessly empty “imagining” song, I prefer the one that says*:

    I can only imagine what it will be like
    When I walk, by Christ’s side
    I can only imagine what my eyes will see
    When Christ’s face is before me

    Surrounded by His glory
    What will my heart feel
    Will I dance for Jesus
    Or in awe of Him be still
    Will I stand in His presence
    Or to my knees will I fall
    Will I sing hallelujah
    Will I be able to speak at all

    I can only imagine
    I can only imagine

    (*) I adjusted slightly the original lyrics but tried not to affect its central message.

  4. 4
    mahuna says:

    Dionisio @3

    “What else can they do?”

    This playing with REALLY fancy toys like the LHC is REALLY expensive. So the physicists could shut up and sit down and let the BILLIONS of USDs get spent on health in the 3rd World or something. If nothing else, they could give it to ME, and let ME choose what toys I like.

    The Theorists NEED to keep the tax-paying public convinced that their mere number juggling has some USE (i.e., we need the LHC as a component of the Warp Drive the Vulcans are going to sell us…).

    So the question is not “how wasteful and useless are the physicists?”. The question is “why has The Press CHOSEN to go along with the quackery?”. And the most likely answer to THAT is “scientists are the opponents of priests”.

  5. 5
    Dionisio says:

    mahuna @4:

    This playing with REALLY fancy toys like the LHC is REALLY expensive. So the physicists could shut up and sit down and let the BILLIONS of USDs get spent on health in the 3rd World or something.

    Perhaps that could be considered as a more beneficial solution.

    The question is “why has The Press CHOSEN to go along with the quackery?”.

    Could it have to do with the fact that controversially mysterious issues sell well? UFOs, MultiVerse, String Theory, etc.? As long as they don’t get seriously too close to the Truth.

  6. 6
    Querius says:

    Oh no, oh no!

    They shoulda taken the Pythagorean oath instead of announcing this!!! 😮

    Or maybe they could have applied Darwinism to claim that the super-symmetrical particles musta evolved into something else or became extinct, and then look for evidence that could be interpreted somehow to support the idea.

    What were they thinking???? 🙁

    -Q

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