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In a brain melter, the New York Times reports that Switzerland's Large Hadron Collider, the most expensive physics experiment in the world, may be sabotaging itself from the 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. . . .

The collider was built by CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, to accelerate protons to energies of seven trillion electron volts around an 18-mile underground racetrack and then crash them together into primordial fireballs.


Scientists are mostly in agreement that the theory is crazy, but also, at least according to the late Niels Bohr, one of the founders of quantum theory, that it just might be "crazy enough to have a chance of being correct." And having observed many experiments similarly abhorrent to nature, we must concur. If you look hard enough, there's plenty of evidence to suggest this kind of thing happens all the time.
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