The Large Hadron Collider is the largest and most complicated machine ever built. I can’t help but think of other big endeavours undertaken by man and the platitudes uttered to quell the skeptics.
1. The Titanic will never sink.
2. U.S. house prices will never drop.
3. The risks of an oil spill from a deepsea oil rig is negligible
4. The Large Hadron Collider is safe.
Given how statements #1 to #3 above turned out I don’t have much faith in the veracity of statement #4. Of course CERN performed it’s own risk evaluation. Scientists are just as, if not more, driven by ego and the pursuit of notoriety as any banker or trader.
These scientists are screwing around with space time. If they discover or unleash something unexpected we could be in trouble. Plugging a crude-spewing hole at the bottom of the sea is proving difficult enough…but stopping a black hole that has gotten away and lodged itself in the center of the planet where it grows with the potential of swallowing the Earth in 50 monhts? Even harder. CERN denies that there is any significant risk, but is any risk of destroying the planet or altering human affairs for the worst acceptable?