September 9, 2008
The question of God has pervaded the scope of our high communication lines. If you drive in the eastern landscapes of India you may as well come across a radio broadcasting called Radio Chocolate where apart from the voice of the young you will get to hear the voice of the weird and the voice of the uninhibited with equal fervor. Well I did not drive but I was in the comfort of the passenger space to hear one interesting running discussion going on the radio.
The question that was asked to the listeners was “Should Scientists believe in God” almost like should they be given a choice in the issue of existence of God. The response invariably was “Yes, Scientists like everybody else are created by God, Therefore they must abide by God”. Not one voice I heard seemed to be aware of what a Scientist really is, and that’s why, why he must be held to such a standpoint.
I thought to myself “Well people, the very question of God is debatable. Scientists are created but not necessarily created by God. Scientists have an independent thought process, specifically speaking, independent of the question of creation by an intelligent designer. Therefore the standpoint that they must adhere to the acceptance of God is…. well….foolish.”
After a few months, today, I remember this discussion, the context of which I will narrate now. Sometimes I have a very “irregular” sleeping habit. I sleep the whole day out. Pretty much without any synchronization to the Sun. Today, I got up in the evening and almost immediately my mother came to me and said there is a news the world is facing an imminent apocalypse, that Scientists are doing some large experiment and it has become a matter of debate and there is a news about it which you just missed.
Where I am from they have news broadcasts pretty much every hour but at 7′o clock there are popular regional TV channels that broadcast their news. Yes that’s when I got up. Half an hour past 7 pm.
Do you know of this?
Oh yeah. Since many months.
What do you think of this? (imminent danger from such an experiment)? Some people have threatened to kill Scientists.
Nay, nothing is gonna happen. Its just a kind of…unnecessarily blown up.
And then we all glued to the TV. There were clips being shown from the Large Hadron Collider, from the famed European Laboratory CERN. There were captions in regional language which reads into English like “Testing the Big Bang Tomorrow” and the description is “through atomic collision Scientists are testing the big bang and debating the imminent destruction that’s apprehended from creation of mini black-holes”
Different channels were showing interviews of several people. In one interview they were showing a young professor of Physics who was struggling with his Hindi to explain as much as he was struggling with the Physics.
Another popular person on the clip but uneducated on this issue was of a famed Scientist President. He was being coerced into giving a response and hurriedly he read the name of the experiment “Large Hadron Collider” from a piece of paper he held. His response was this is an experiment where positron is being collided onto ions. That was an incorrect explanation as much as it was incorrect factually. The fact is this is a proton proton collider, a proton is a hadron, a positron is not a hadron but a so called lepton just like an electron is.
The explanation from him of why this experiment is necessary was “this is to understand the universe, the creation of you and me”.
Yet on another channel they had a very interesting and lively discussion. They had invited a learned Professor of Physics and a renowned person who had established the best research institution of Physics in the state. They had also invited to their show a dogged religious semi expert who quoted uninhibitedly from a mythological scripture of strictly regional scope called “Maar-lika”.
This scripture had rhymes that he was reciting like hymns in support of his world views that apocalypse is looming large over Society and that such apocalypses are described in this scripture and that when the experiments start tomorrow there will be a doomsday as a matter of the predictive power of such a scripture. He went further to say that the scripture was written by five scholars popularly known as “Panca-Sakas” or the “group of five friends or collaborators” that survived on leaf and branch for food while the Scientists are eating money. That such predictions of apocalypse came easier is because of that reason.
The scientist in this show was exceedingly clear on the issues of the experiment from an experts point of view and did really give a very explanatory response to all questions. The only remark which did not make sense to me was his comparison of “The Ten Incarnations” of great Hindu God Visnu to a Scientific evolution. Because He took several biological forms ?
As the heat in the time continued, I tried to explain my father of various issues like the size and the resulting influence of the hypothetical black-hole. There were many questions that were being discussed hotly in the interview. That the temperature in the collision will be thousands of times higher than the temperature of Sun. I explained to my father that this is not going to be of any concern.
The size and mass of the Sun are so high that to have such a high temperature index it has to burn and produce like a devastating bomb, the small size of the bomb notwithstanding. That this will produce a black-hole has no safety concern for the community as real blackholes are of much bigger in size since they are produced from stars. As a comparison any star that produces a black-hole must be at-least 1.4 times heavier in mass and in addition must live for million of years before its outer shells explode and its inner dense matter compresses and forms an all-engulfing black-hole.
The size of the black-hole that will be produced if at all would be extremely tiny. For example, consider and assume that the real black-holes that exist today have a size same as that of our earth. Our Universe extends to unimaginable distances. So when a big bang will be produced in the Large Hadron Collider in the size of a tiny tiny tiny point, the size of the black-hole would be unimaginably smaller compared to the size of the big-bang. They can not destroy us. Rather we can study the real nature and influence of Real earth size black-holes that exist else where in the Universe.