Today, the Large Hadron Collider started its slow proton acceleration to our inevitable doooooom (stay tuned for changing conditions)!Â My two favorite doomsday scenarios are:
- It will produce persistent micro-blackholes, which will devour the Earth in a massive fiery conflagration.
- It will produce super-stable strange matter, which will convert the less-stable nuclear matter of which the Earth is composed into more strange matter, like Vonnegut’s ice-nine.
I find this kind of dualism comforting.Â Whimper or Bang.Â Good or Evil.Â People are consistent, even in their nightmare scenarios.Â God bless you, Robert Frost:
Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what Iâ€™ve tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To know that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.