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When it comes to this thing my reaction is "So there's no chance that you could in fact lose control of the reaction and destroy the planet?"

White Coat guy:" That's so unlikely-"

Me: "But it's possible, and you're still doing it?"

WCG:"It's so improbable that -"

Me:"But it's possible and you're still going to do it you blockhead."

Et cetera, et cetera.
To continue as the White Coat guy:" Of course cosmic rays, particles from space with energies hundreds of times greater than our meager particle accelerator, strike our atmosphere thousands of times a day, and have been doing so for 4.6 billion years. You'd think in that time that if a black hole caused by colliding particles would have destroyed the earth, it would have done so by now."

Ball's in your court Jarhead.
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Somehow I have to think that if they manage to form a small black hole the threat of a lawsuit will be pretty far down on the priority list.

When it comes to this thing my reaction is "So there's no chance that you could in fact lose control of the reaction and destroy the planet?"

White Coat guy:" That's so unlikely-"

Me: "But it's possible, and you're still doing it?"

WCG:"It's so improbable that -"

Me:"But it's possible and you're still going to do it you blockhead."

Et cetera, et cetera.
A black hole is just left-over gravity from a dead star. I don't care what manmade machine it is, it's impossible to reproduce the immense gravity of a dead star, here on Earth. People's fears over this machine are equivalent to the silly "Y2K" fears, from late last decade. Personally, I think they just wasted a large amount of cash on a big fancy machine, and in the end won't find anything. It'll be like the Sega Dreamcast -- FAIL!
Edited by Diabolical999 - 6/30/08 at 12:46am
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lol i remember the Dreamcast, the only game that I actually used it for was Sonic, than the Xbox came and wiped everything away, and so on...
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Actually, it's possible that all of the air on the Earth could all of a sudden find itself in a very small volume far away from everyone and then we would all die from suffocation. And that's without anyone doing anything! We'd better persecute the Scientists for not working to prevent such events that will never happen...

These sorts of things are called Maxwell's Demons. They are "possible", but they are so unlikely that they will never happen. The chances are something like 1 in 10^100.
    
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To continue as the White Coat guy:" Of course cosmic rays, particles from space with energies hundreds of times greater than our meager particle accelerator, strike our atmosphere thousands of times a day, and have been doing so for 4.6 billion years. You'd think in that time that if a black hole caused by colliding particles would have destroyed the earth, it would have done so by now."

Ball's in your court Jarhead.
owned. what else can i say. i would have hoped on a tech-savvy forum there would be people who know what the **** they are talking about. but i was disappointed in the initial explanation of nuclear bombs (chemical reaction lol), and how everyone is so afraid based on the article and not the facts. the post i quote is the first intelligient post i have read and even then its a fundamental msitake by the aptly named Jarhead. it's just a big particle accelerator, there are thousands in the world right now. The results from this thing may not be as groundbreaking as particle theorists hope but even if they are nothing will happen to this world. The chance is even less than the 1 in 500 trillion cited by someone before...
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A black hole is just left over gravity from a dead star. I don't care what manmade machine it is, it's impossible reproduce the immense gravity of a dead star, here on Earth. People's fears over this machine are equivalent to the silly "Y2K" fears, from late last decade. Personally, I think they just wasted a large amount of cash on a big fancy machine, and in the end won't find anything. It'll be like the Sega Dreamcast -- FAIL!
Reminds me of the Atomic Bomb fears in the 1940's. A number of scientists were fearful that the bomb would create an unstoppable reaction.
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Sega DreamCast, lol.
    
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at first this post was another "this is so old" then the wiki link came it suddenly became a "*sigh............................................ ...........stupid wikipedians"
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I really do hate science. I'm not good with, nor I will be anytime soon

So what the hell is happening. All I got so far is, some black whole is going to come for a nano second and REcreate the big bang, and somehow this device will speed up the black hole?

Im very lost...
It simply races subatomic particles in opposite directions until they reach >99.99 percent light speed. They then smash together and create funky previously unseen phenomena which may include the production of previously unknown sub-atomic particles, microscopic black holes, and hopefully things we didn't even dream possible before the creation of the LHC.

or

It just FUBARs the whole planet.

heh.

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No thats separating atoms via chemical reaction.
Describe to me the chemical reaction that causes atoms to separate.
Edited by RonindeBeatrice - 6/30/08 at 12:31am
    
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Damn, how do we know if we're dead if we get all sucked up in a worm hole? Hopefully afterlife is true...
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