Wednesday, September 10, 2008


Hilarious...  people never cease to amaze me.  As much as I've known that some misinformed people were wary of the new LHC, I had no idea to what extent.

Funny, my last post was just all about how people ignorant of a fact can be so stubborn and refusing listen to reason.  But the brew-ha over this LHC is waay over the top.

Here we are, on the cusp of a scientific breakthrough that will help us discover more about the world around us, and people are going nuts.  The reason why?  'micro black holes'   Among many other things that the LHC will hopefully shine some light on, one will be the production of micro black holes.   Now, people are mistaking a micro blackhole, for a full size black hole.  That these blackholes will consume the world.  Yeesh... people are really scared.  Scientists at CERN have even received DEATH THREATS.

It just reminds me of that joke about the 8 monkeys:

*Put eight monkeys in a room. In the middle of the room is a ladder, leading to a bunch of bananas hanging from a hook on the ceiling.*
*Each time a monkey tries to climb the ladder, all the monkeys are sprayed with ice water, which makes them miserable.*
*Soon enough, whenever a monkey attempts to climb the ladder, all of the other monkeys, not wanting to be sprayed, set upon him and beat him up.
Soon, none of the eight monkeys ever attempts to climb the ladder.*
*One of the original monkeys is then removed, and a new monkey is put in the room. Seeing the bananas and the ladder, he wonders why none of the other monkeys are doing the obvious. But undaunted, he immediately begins to climb the ladder.*
*All the other monkeys fall upon him and beat him silly. He has no idea why.
However, he no longer attempts to climb the ladder.*
*A second original monkey is removed and replaced.
The newcomer again attempts to climb the ladder, but all the other monkeys hammer the crap out of him. This includes the previous new monkey, who is grateful that he's not on the receiving end this time, participates in the beating because all the other monkeys are doing it. However, he has no idea why he's attacking the new monkey.
*One by one, all the original monkeys are replaced. Eight new monkeys are now in the room. None of them have ever been sprayed by ice water. None of them attempt to climb the ladder. All of them will enthusiastically beat up any new monkey who tries, without having any idea why.*
*This is how any company's policies get Establish.***

The best we can hope for is it to fail, at least according to Stephen Hawking.  What can we, as enlightened people, do about this inane hysteria?  Well, Kate McAlpine (great last name btw!!) has done her part.  Check it out.

on behalf of scientists everywhere Kate, thank you!

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