As if scientists tinkering with protons in order to uncover the supposed "God Particle" (the Higgs Boson) isn't hard enough to swallow, then the latest batch of tests of CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research) may send shivers down your back. The experiments of the organization could possibly provide information regarding unexplained phenomenon and events. However, some believe that the experiments could possibly trigger the end of the world. What's more disturbing is the date that CERN has chosen to launch the next phase of their project â€“ December 21, 2012.
Why is December 21, 2012 significant to CERN's activities? According to the Mayans, this is the last date to appear in their calendar. Because of this, many theologians have predicted 'the end' and have referred to the date as Doomsday. Following successful experiments, CERN has scheduled the next batch of testing to run from December 17 to December 21, 2012. Since some believe their actions could trigger the end of the world, this is an especially unsettling date to schedule such experiments.
It is the theory that newer particles may appear with the use of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN, which could lead to the discovery of 'supersymmetry' and dark matter. Such a discovery has the potential to alter the way humans experience and look at things. Once complete, CERN can then test fundamental principles related to particle physics.
The Controversy Associated with CERN
CERN is an international organization with a purpose to operate the largest particle physics laboratory in the world. The organization is no stranger to controversy, conspiracy theories, and an upturned eyebrow. For starters, the existence of CERN and their scientific experiments sends ripples across various religious communities.
The organization is relying on an advanced piece of technology known as the Large Hadron Collider (or LHC, for short). The machine is situated deep under the ground in a circular formation that measures 17 miles long. Sending protons into flight in just a fraction under the speed of light, the results lead to a collision that smashes them together. The construction and use of the machine may help shed light on unanswered questions regarding quantum mechanics and string theory with some hoping that the LHC can locate dimensions other than the four currently known.
Religious communities across the world have expressed their concern pertaining to the particle collider. Protests have also come regarding the exploration into unexplainable concepts, such as what gives matter its mass, and an examination of the entire universe's existence. The very name of the "God particle" (the nickname for the Higgs boson), is cause for controversy from religious resistance. If the cause of the world's existence on Earth was actually found, the discovery would pose a large threat to the concept of religion â€“ especially for those who believe the world was created by one (or more gods). Discovering the 'God particle' would give non-believers scientific backing for their claims that God does not exist. Therefore, CERN's efforts is seen as a threat to people's faith.
Even CERN's logo rubs people the wrong way. It uses elements that possess an uncanny resemblance to the 'Mark of the Beast' â€“ better known as the number 666.