The search for the God particle: does God deter it?

Twp prominent physicists have proposed a theory of time in which the future intervenes and stops the discovery of the God particle:

After observing several strings of bad luck, such as cancellations or breakdowns, that have haunted other supercolliders, physicists Holger Bech Nielson of the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen and Masao Ninomiya of the Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics, have proposed that the sought-after product of the collider is so destructive to nature that it travels backwards through time to stop the collider before it can even be created….According to the New York Times, in an unpublished essay, Nielson claims, “One could even almost say that we have a model for God,” since the very existence of the Higgs is so contrary to the nature of the universe.

“When I heard about this proposal, I thought it was either a tongue-in-cheek parody or an attempt to see how many people were gullible enough to believe it,” Barry Blumenfield, a professor at Hopkins specializing in neutrino physics and hadron-collider physics states. “I don’t believe this proposal any more than I believe a field goal kicker missed in the last 2 seconds because of ripples going backward in time that prevented him from making it.”

Although it would seem that such a ridiculous-sounding theory would be immediately dismissed by the physics community, the fact that the two proposers are prominent thinkers in the field of particle physics makes their ideas even more controversial. Nielson, for one, is one of the founders of string theory, which combines quantum mechanics and general relativity to explain the most basic components of the universe.

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