WoD – The Higgs boson

Spoiler Alert:  this one is kind of science-y.  Ok very science-y.  So if that’s not your bag, feel free to move along to the punch line.  (Or the Yiddish part.)

So, did anyone hear the news about the Higgs boson (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Higgs_boson) today?  Yea, for particle physicists!  (Yes, that’s tinged with a bit of sarcasm.)  

Ok in truth, I didn’t even know it was a thing until today.  But now I do.  See here:  http://thenextweb.com/shareables/2012/07/04/so-what-is-the-higgs-boson-and-why-is-it-important-anyway/  Actually you can just watch the pretty neat video embedded in the article, which is also here: http://vimeo.com/41038445.  Warning, it is 7 minutes.  But it is an enlightening, eye-opening 7 minutes, for sure.  

There are many amazing things to probably think about in all this.  Life, the Universe, and Everything, (as Douglas Adams of “Hitchhiker’s Guide” fame wrote about.)

However, here’s the thing.  

After reading all this and watching the amazing mind-bending video, I am more convinced than ever that we are going to cause some sort of cataclysmic disaster to our world via the Hadron Collider, or some related scientific endeavor.  Some stupid or arrogant or amoral or unknowing scientist (because let’s face it – we have tons of these, in reality) will perform some poorly thought-through and not-well-supervised experiment that collides a proton with an anti-proton (I know I know, this isn’t a real thing.  I’m just sayin’), which will create a rip in the time space continuum and our whole world will implode.  And all human progress and the amazing civilization we have built will be wiped out in a nanoblip.  

Because let’s face it – our world will not live forever.  So the Woody Allen-like question then becomes, what brings about its end?  Natural decline as the energy in the earth’s core slowly fades over the next 4.5 billion years, or will it be due to some other, non-natural reason?  I’m betting on the latter.  And in particular, our own curiously destructive hand.  We humans are both that amazingly brilliant and that classically stupid at times, yes…



Idiot, fool

We humans are oxymorons.  We can be both super smart and beheymes, all at the same time. 


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