YOU may not have noticed, but the world didn’t end. How disappointed some of our media outlets must be.
The scientists working at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland (one of whose leading members, incidentally, is Professor Brian Cox, who played keyboards on D-Ream’s “Things Can Only Get Better” – true story) are pioneers – determined, gifted and imaginative. They deserve nothing but our admiration.
And what do they get? Ridiculous, superstitious rubbish about black holes and the end of the world, coverage that would be an insult to the intelligence of a labrador. Analysis of this remarkable scientific triumph has been about as sophisticated as arguing against photography on the basis that the camera steals the soul of its subject.
On the other hand, most people at least seem to know something of what’s going on at Cern, so perhaps this ignorant anti-science coverage has achieved something. But what a pity that in order to provoke public interest in important scientific experiments we have to explain the concept in terms of a Hollywood disaster movie script.
PS – I’m scheduling this post for publication tomorrow morning, so if the world does actually end before then, you’ll never read this. But if you are reading this, then it didn’t and I was right. So there.