A very interesting article in the New York Times today.
Then it will be time to test one of the most bizarre and revolutionary theories in science. I’m not talking about extra dimensions of space-time, dark matter or even black holes that eat the Earth. No, I’m talking about the notion that the troubled collider is being sabotaged by its own future. A pair of otherwise distinguished physicists have suggested that the hypothesized Higgs boson, which physicists hope to produce with the collider, might be so abhorrent to nature that its creation would ripple backward through time and stop the collider before it could make one, like a time traveler who goes back in time to kill his grandfather.
Holger Bech Nielsen, of the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen, and Masao Ninomiya of the Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics in Kyoto, Japan, put this idea forward in a series of papers with titles like “Test of Effect From Future in Large Hadron Collider: a Proposal” and “Search for Future Influence From LHC,” posted on the physics Web site arXiv.org in the last year and a half.
According to the so-called Standard Model that rules almost all physics, the Higgs is responsible for imbuing other elementary particles with mass.
“It must be our prediction that all Higgs producing machines shall have bad luck,” Dr. Nielsen said in an e-mail message. In an unpublished essay, Dr. Nielson said of the theory, “Well, one could even almost say that we have a model for God.” It is their guess, he went on, “that He rather hates Higgs particles, and attempts to avoid them.”
Read the whole article for a more full understanding.
Or perhaps not.
What the theory implies that some agency, let’s call him/her/it God, prevents the success of the Large Hadron Collider project because the discovery of the Higgs Boson is something “He/She/It” abhors, perhaps because it might destroy everything that there is. The idea is not new and there have been variants of this basic premise. According to another kind of speculative theory, there are infinitely many possible universes , with each decision point creating multiple universes. Out of these multiple universes, there is a subset of “feasible” universes (for instance one where Abhishek Bachchan is not married to both Karishma and Aishwarya or one where Akshay Kumar is an ascetic or one where water flows down and not up) and we are currently in one of those “feasible” universes. Taking this idea forward, there may be other parallel universes where the Large Hadron Collider has succeeded (i.e. Higgs Boson produced) though the one in which we reside is NOT one of them. According to Nielsen-Ninomiya, since the production of Higgs Boson itself may render an universe infeasible and since we reside in a feasible universe, the experiment will never succeed. This is essentially an extension of what is known as the anthropomorphic view of the universe (for more on this read Lisa Randall’s “Warped Passages“) which essentially says “Since we, important as we are, live in this universe things must always work out for the good in order to keep us existent”.
This of course explains a lot of things. For instance why Satyen Bose, after whom boson is named, never won the Nobel prize because God, being self-loathing, abhors Bongs as well as Bosons. It also gives a way the seemingly ridiculous event of Obama winning the Nobel prize may be rationalized —-any other path in space-time with an alternative winner would lead to the destruction of everything. This is why God “fixed things up”, in essence snipping off branches in the decision tree with foreknowledge of what would happen if those paths were taken suggesting the possibility that many of what we think are “choices” do not exactly exist and that “match fixing” might have religious significance. This also explains many other mysteries from why I got out 37 of 100 in the nightmarish Maths Second paper in Class 12, why Gatting tried to reverse-sweep Alan Border to why Uday Chopra ever acted in a movie . Simply because the universe might have been annihilated otherwise.
And finally it provides a complicated, intellectually-masturbatory framework for justifying what grandma is fond of saying: “Bhagawan jo kartein hai acche ke liya kartein hain”.