In 2010, when the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) first began colliding subatomic particles, there was a surge of concern that scientists might have unintentionally brought about the end of the world. Uneasy critics warned that the LHC tests these researchers were carrying out could produce a tiny black hole that would eventually swallow up the entire planet. These criticisms were obviously in error. We’re here in 2022, as well as although it occasionally seems like we’re in a hellhole, we are still a pre-apocalyptic people, as a minimum for the time being. In fact, the LHC operated smoothly at the European Council for Nuclear Research headquarters for a number of years before being shut down in 2018 for improvements.
The discovery of the Higgs boson, a fundamental particle that is so significant that it has been dubbed the “God Particle,” was made possible during that time by nearly of the largest worldwide scientific partnerships the globe has ever seen.
Now, however, as the LHC begins a new stage of tests, which will see it produce collisions at unprecedented energy levels, Doomsday worries are on the rise once more. People aren’t just looking forward to black holes this time, either. Try doors to the multiverse, gates to Hell, and demonic portals. When the experiments start today (July 5), if the conspiracies are true, then this is what we may expect.
Large Hadron Collider:
The LHC, the largest particle collider on the globe, was constructed by CERN in 1998 as well as 2008 and is located close to Geneva in a tube with a radius of 17 miles and a depth of up to 175 meters. How does it work? High-energy atom beams are accelerated to nearly the speed of light and then clash at four places. The goal is to provide answers to some of the fundamental physics-related queries, including those about the interactions of theories of space and time, subatomic particles, and Einstein’s theory of relativity.
People have attempted (failed) to prosecute CERN in the past for endangering public safety, indicating an underlying concern about the negative implications of adopting the novel technology. Black holes and the hauntingly called “strange stuff” are the two main concerns surrounding the utilization of the LHC. The primary concern is quite obvious: one of the LHC’s objectives is to sham tiny black holes that hold information. With slight to no technical knowledge, I can tell this sounds terrible idea. Another worry is that the high energy of LHC experiments would create “strangelets,” a fictitious substance made from “strange matter” that may “infect” the substance that creates up the rest of the Earth. That’s a lot of citation marks, but there’s a good reason for it: weird stuff is currently only theoretical and hasn’t been seen in space, where high-energy photons are constantly bouncing about.
This year, following three years of maintenance and improvements, the LHC reopened. It appears that since April, beams have been moving through the accelerator, and they are now stable enough to continue testing at higher energies than before, with a projected runtime of over four years. Social media goes into full panic mode. This panic comes in various flavors in 2022, in keeping with the internet’s recent spiritual awakening, which has previously seen conspiracy theorists migrate away from topics such as Big Pharma and covert military activities in favor of Witchcraft, Satanism, and the return of Atlantis. One Twitter user posts, “CERN is opening a multi-dimensional portal and will be employing dark matter!” “Nothing is wrong,”. Another user adds: “They started getting it ready when the planets aligned on June 24,” confirming that CERN is on schedule to rip exposed a portal in space-time. It’s true that some researchers are considering the possibility of a multiverse in next of kin to the Higgs boson; this idea is likely to advance as more information is gathered over the next years. However, some internet conspiracies are even more absurd, like the theory that the latest experiments would create Hell portals. Then there’s the theory that CERN manipulating the God Particle would unleash spirits and demons that can enter your body, particularly if you’ve been drinking? Evidently, there were demonic powers hovering between 2012 and 2016 (years that did, to be specific).
For years, both in reality and in fiction, people have stoked worries about the LHC. The 2000 novel Demons and Angels by pseudointellectual author Dan Brown featured a scene at CERN where the Illuminati stole around “antimatter” to… blow up the Pope? The notion that our Promethean thirst for knowledge and power could unleash unspeakable evils from another realm was recently revived by the Netflix series Stranger Things. However, as with the majority, if not all, of the theories currently circulating online, this is all fiction. If you believe that I’m talking to you because a demon has moved into my soul, ponder CERN’s reassuring safety statement: “The LHC can reach energies that no other particle accelerator has ever reached, but cosmic-ray collisions in nature often yield energies that are higher…” Nature has already done it countless times during the existence of the Earth and other cosmic bodies, regardless of what the LHC will do. Essentially, if something truly terrible was going to occur, it would have most likely done so by now.