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Observing a box has never been this much fun
Wow...the world didn't end!!!! 
10th-Sep-2008 05:56 am
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Perhaps that's because the LHC will take a year to ramp up to full power. Today's firing wasn't a collision, it was just to send the beam of photons on a test run around the track. There was never a risk for the first shot around the bow.

So yes, doomsdayers and naysayers! The end is not today.

Honestly, I wonder if this is what it felt like to live in the early centuries of scientific advancements. The intellectually enlightened on the edge of their embroidered seats waiting to know the greater truths of the universe, or at least if they could rest assured that they wouldn't fall off a flat earth at the horizon. And the masses, clamoring to stop the progress of science for the sake of our soil and our souls!

Personally? My betting money is still on 12/21/2012.



EDIT: Had this comment made to me. I believe there's a Logic term for this kind of argument, but I can't think of what it is.
"Debra. some of the "folks running scared" might be recalling this:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trinity_test

Which science counted as a "successful" test.

We weren't consulted on that one either."

Wow. Guess I'm just not enlightened enough because I still think this is awesome stuff and that the off-shoot science that occurs will be amazing and useful and progressive.
Comments 
10th-Sep-2008 12:32 pm (UTC) - My theory...
Based on emperical evidence in the form of every other calendar I have ever seen.

The Mayan calendar ends on 12/21/2012 because the Mayans ran out of rock.
10th-Sep-2008 02:29 pm (UTC) - Re: My theory...
And Nostradamus's prophecies run out about this time not because it's the end of the world, but because it's the end of the Catholic Church. :)

Which I can't say would be a bad thing.
10th-Sep-2008 06:05 pm (UTC) - Re: My theory...
Yeah, I heard that about him.

As a counselor I often tell people that the problem isn't that the world is going to end... but that it isn't.

In the tarot the death card means change - not endings.
Well, look around. If you aren't seeing major changes in our world and lives, you don't have your eyes open.

Personally I LOVE that I am living through history - a historical time in the world, as well as our country.
Heh, and I love that I am able to recognize tha fact too - WTG me!
10th-Sep-2008 02:28 pm (UTC)
Marie Curie gave herself cancer, too. And Alfred Nobel was so overwhelmed with guilt with how his invention was used that he used his fortune to establish an award for advancements in peace and science.

I don't think it's a fallacy at all to point out that scientists have made mistakes in the past that have had catastrophic results, and that if the scientists are making a mistake here, we could all be royally screwed.

But I'm not running scared because there's nowhere to run to. :) If they create a black hole and suck us all into oblivion, I'll be too oblivionized to care, so it's not occupying my mind.
10th-Sep-2008 03:14 pm (UTC)
To bad it won't happen in an election year.
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