Philip Miller Tate
Philmt59 at aol.com
Wed Sep 10 15:48:54 CDT 2008
One has to bear in mind that a mini black hole in Switzerland or
France would be the most interesting thing to appear in either
country in many years, and a great boost to the tourist economy. I'd
go and see it, but there's no need. A page on - sigh - the BBC News
website explains how a mini black hole will definitely not be formed,
illustrated by an artist's impression of what such a mini black hole
might look like. It's round, brightly coloured and a bit spikey, if
The daftest thing is the pressure groups trying to take out
injunctions to stop them turning the LHC on. The schedule is in the
public domain - and easily accessed on line - demonstrating that the
LHC had already been tested before the 'official' opening today.
Still, the collisions start in a few weeks' time, if all goes
according to plan, then the LHC shuts down for the winter. Tourists
are less likely to travel to Geneva to see a black hole when it's cold.
Some of the general public's comments - and those of the media - are
excrutiating, but we live in a Dark Age of Unreason. But don't think
of it as the US outsourcing science, think in terms of international
co-operation in science being a good thing.
On 10 Sep 2008, at 19:26, Michael O'Dell wrote:
> The mental midgets cancelled the Superconducting Super Collider
> years ago. had that been built, *we* would have been in charge
> of creating the micro-black-holes instead of the Europeans.
> it also would have advanced superconducting magnet technology
> years sooner, too.
> Oh well - we outsource everything else. Now we're outsourcing
> the creating of new knowledge, too. pretty soon, the only thing
> Americans will know how to do is order a Big Mac, although the
> only people able to do *that* will be the ones who can speak
> the particular flavor of non-Englished used at your neighborhood
> Note that about 3000 years ago, the Chinese decided to just
> sit down and become stupid. The good news is that they managed
> to live through it anyway and catch up remarkably quickly.
> I wonder how long it will take the US to re-awaken and start
> playing catch-up?
> Joe Bento wrote:
>> Hey all,
>> What has happened here in the USA? Have we completely abandoned our
>> quest for scientific knowledge and the unknown? To read the comments
>> posted on CNN regarding the beginning experiments with the Hadron
>> Collider, one would think we are opening Pandora's box and the
>> wrath of God.
>> If you want to know how the world began, read Genesis. End of
>> The money would be better spent in Dalfour.
>> If the scientists say the experiments are safe and know the expected
>> outcome, why perform the experiment in the first place?
>> They'll create a black hole to swallow the earth.
>> Black holes will be developed for military evil.
>> I'm dismayed to think that we had enough interest in the unknown
>> to land
>> a manned craft on the moon 40 years ago. My, but how we've
>> regressed as
>> a nation! We were once a world leader in technology and
>> innovation, and
>> today it hardly seems that we're even participants.
>> Joe, N6DGY
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