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Science, fiction

20th November, 2011

A second, more reliable, test from the CERN labs has confirmed what was suggested in the original test, that humankind may have found a particle that moves faster than light. If agreed upon by peer review, this could be the single biggest scientific step in my lifetime so far – opening up extraordinary possibilities, among them, time travel.

It also reminds me of a key safety net we have in science, as in art and the politics of our day too, that laws are merely a guide through life and that they can and will be broken.

To quote Carl Sagan… “Humans may crave absolute certainty; they may aspire to it; they may pretend, as partisans of certain religions do, to have attained it. But the history of science — by far the most successful claim to knowledge accessible to humans — teaches that the most we can hope for is successive improvement in our understanding, learning from our mistakes, an asymptotic approach to the Universe, but with the proviso that absolute certainty will always elude us.”

On a side note,  if we have to ditch Einstein’s theory of relativity, who makes the new law and what on earth could it be?

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