“There is, I believe, in every disposition a tendency to some particular evil, a natural defect, which not even the best education can overcome.”
“And your defect is a propensity to hate everybody.”
“And yours… is wilfully to misunderstand them.” –Jane Austen
Every time we go to higher and higher energies in our particle accelerators, we’ve got a chance for new discoveries, a new understanding, and if we’re lucky, some brand new (and unexpected) physics.
But — on the downside — the crazies all come out of the woodwork, and it’s time to take on the most regularly-trotted-out, sensational and unscientific claim of all: that the LHC will create a black hole with the potential to destroy the Earth.