Saturday, August 9, 2008

Amazingly funny

I just read a post on Astroengine about a recent development concerning LHC. I rare write about post written on other blogs, but this time I felt is was just unfair not to share this. The main idea is that some person named Tia Aumiller decieded to open a group called: "People for the Ethical Treatment of Hadrons" (PETH).

It is not 1 July today, but I really hope that this is not a prank... Anyway, this organization has already protested in front of CERN. Their claims are:

“You’ve got these subatomic particles accelerated at great speeds for the sole purpose of being destroyed. No one thinks of the ethical implications of this. There’s a limited supply of hadrons in the universe. Do we just want to go around destroying them? What if we run out? What if the hadrons can feel pain? Will we look back at this hundreds of years from now and regret it? Kinda like we do with the killing of bacteria with antibiotics now.”

It is just unbelievable and extremely hilarious. I really have no idea how crazy somebody has to be to really believe in this.

Update: After checking this a bit, this story turned out to be fake. However it is still very funny so I am not removing this post from my blog. I guess I should learn a lesson from this - no posting of things that look fake, even if they are funny...


vietnammese translator said...

it's good to share with other people

Ian O'Neill said...

Hi there! Thanks for linking to my website, really happy you enjoyed my article.

You are right, it was indeed a prank, but I think there were some very serious undertones to what PETH was trying to highlight. It's a shame I cannot find anything substantial on the group, but I suspect they are trying to point out how idiotic some of the LHC fear claims have been lately (i.e. micro black holes, strangelents, flying elephants). It's great that these LHC worries are being made fun of.

Besides, it just makes for a funny story :-)

Thanks again for stopping by my site :-)

Cheers, Ian

Anatoly said...

Hello Ian,
Thanks for stopping by, I have been reading your blog for about 4 month already.

Oh yes, the hysteria around the LHC is going way out of proportion. Some people have such strange ideas...