If someone asked you in 2007 to estimate the likelihood that Morgan Stanley, WaMu, Countrywide, Merrill Lynch, Wachovia and other titans of financial services would fall to their knees within a year … what odds would you have made? Might the experts have said “impossible?”
In 2007 I asked a physicist and executive associated with the Large Hadron Collider what the odds were this little black hole they hope to create actually gets out of control (hungry and eats Earth). The answer: “very unlikely.”
So here is a thought for the day: What if our Earth math and assumptions used to determine “frequency of rare events” in financial markets happens to be the same kind Earth math and assumptions used to determine the risk of playing with black holes?
Wouldn't it be funny if us earthlings never have time to realize all the existing black holes in the universe are really just the residual evidence of other civilizations which had advanced enough to build their own colliders.
On a more serious note … they are looking for yet undiscovered particles that come from the near-light speed collision. What intrigues me is this: what kind of sensor strategy does one use when one doesn’t know exactly what one is looking for? That is cool!