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Nostradamus and the LHC

  1. Sep 4, 2008 #1
    hello I am a guy from China, and I am interested in LHC.

    At first I was convinced that the experiment in LHC would not produce any danger, but when I saw the passage below I was still terrified and afraid of it.

    http://bigsciencenews.blogspot.com/2008/05/nostradamus-and-lhc.html

    Can anyone point out contradictions in this passage, which could make me feel better!~

    In this prediction he said that an earthquake would happened in May, You know, in Wenchuan, China, so I was terrified and nervous~

    thanks!!!!!!
     
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  3. Sep 4, 2008 #2

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    Re: Black hole in LHC?

    An Earthquake in May?

    Since Nostradamus, there have been about 60,000 6.0+ earthquakes. Amazingly, a full 5000 of them occurred in May! Clearly the LHC is dangerous.

    Sadly, this isn't the worst argument I've heard.
     
  5. Sep 4, 2008 #4
    Re: Black hole in LHC?

    Worried about the LHC? Check out the LHC rap:
    http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=j50ZssEojtM

    Also, Nostradamus (and other 'prophets') were such prolific writers of vague predictions that you can find a prediction for almost any event. They also tend to concentrate on disasters quite a lot, because that's what gets attention.
     
  6. Sep 5, 2008 #5
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    Then what's the worst argument you've heard?.....
     
  7. Sep 5, 2008 #6
    Re: Black hole in LHC?

    Nostradamus predicted that the world would continue to exist until the end of the present millennium. Therefore, if one is to take his predictions seriously, one may assume we have still a thousand years to start a colony elsewhere.

    Perhaps he should be taken seriously, as he seems to have correctly predicted some of the occurrences in France and Britain up to the start of the nineteenth century. (The Great Fireof London, the Reformation, the beheading of the British king, the French revolution, the interception of the fleeing French king at Varennes, the rise of Napoleon, and, possibly the use of hot air balloons.) He also predicted that Britain would rule the world for 300 years. But his predictions seem to peter out after 1850, or thereabouts. In spite of modern interpretations, there is nothing to suggest that Nostradamus predicted the industrial revolution, the World Wars, the holocaust, Communism, space travel, or nuclear bombs. Though there are a few quatrains which might be construed as predicting climate change. And most of his quatrains cannot definitely linked to anything.

    There are nearly twenty quatrains by Nostradamus mentioning or alluding to Geneva, but most seem to have to do with the Reformation (John Calvin ruled Geneva for a while), or possibly with the League of Nations.

    I wonder, however, whether it might be unhealthy to live in Geneva, if a continuous spray of submicroscopic black holes is being produced nearby. If so, Nostradamus' urging the inhabitants to flee the city would make sense. And it would suggest that Earth is not going to be destroyed anytime soon; why flee an unhealthy city if the world is going to end next week or even next year?

    It occurs to me that a submicroscopic black hole passing through an atom would either swallow nothing at all, or the nucleus as a whole, or one of the electrons. It would thereby acquire a charge, which would quickly be neutralised by its attracting the rest of the mutilated atom. But its trail through the human body might be surrounded by several secondary ionisation events. Thousands of these trails might pass through an inhabitant of Geneva on any given day. And a very few of these black holes might return to Geneva after completing a few orbits through the Earth. These returning black holes would be much more dangerous than the original submicroscopic ones. Think of something bacterium sized but with the mass of a supertanker and the speed of an orbiting satelite passing through one's body. If it sheds only a tiny fraction of its momentum, it might give one's body the speed of a car. If it passes through one's head, it might break one's neck, or even decapitate one outright. That is quite apart from the damage done by its tidal forces (which might rupture blood vessels and shatter bones) and by swallowing matter outright (which would probably still be negligible).

    So it makes sense for Nostradamus to advise people to hurriedly leave Geneva. If black holes are in fact being produced; I would advise to shun all regions along 46 North and South Latitude.
     
  8. Sep 8, 2008 #7

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    Re: Black hole in LHC?

    Chinatruth, I am a little puzzled as to what you're trying to accomplish here. You just quoted three paragraphs for a one line reply, and the one line has nothing to do with the point made in the quote. You've argued the LHC is dangerous based on Nostradamus, from Chinese earthquakes, from ill-informed comments your teacher made: in short, you're jumping around from position to position so fast I can't keep up with you.

    While I hesitate to use the word "troll", it would be easier to have a discussion if you didn't flit around like this.
     
  9. Sep 8, 2008 #8
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    I was just obsessed by this experiment and I found here unconsciously a few days ago. I just want to learn more about this experiment from what you've said, which may also make me at ease.
     
  10. Sep 22, 2008 #9
    I continue wondering why Nortradamus would urge the inhabitants of Geneva to flee from their city, if they cannot also flee from their planet. In an earlier post I suggested that the initial black holes, spraying from the installation, might already be harmful to human beings, in spite of their being probably very tiny. Their tiny initial size would, so to speak, be compensated for by their large number.

    But the more I think about these initial holes, the less likely it seems that they could harm the human body. In later stages, when they would become harmful, they would either have escaped from Earth, or be orbiting deep inside it, perhaps occasionally emerging along the latitude of Geneva (and the same latitude in the Southern Hemisphere) but not especially in Geneva itself.

    Only in the very last stage, where they are massive enough to disturb each others orbits, would they emerge in great numbers, evaporating, so to speak, from a cloud inside the Earth, which would be akin to a globular cluster of stars. Geneva would not be singled out for such emergences.

    Perhaps the answer concerns Nostradamus, instead of the holes. Suppose that Nostradamus did see the future; how did he see it? Not by astronomical or astrological calculations. Yes, he could of course predict astronomical events, like the eclipse of 1999. And if astrology really "works", he could predict prosperity or adversity in the lives of people, provided he knew their birthplace and birthdate. One might even envision him plotting the fate of nations, such as the U.S.A., whose birth might be taken as the moment that the Declaration of Independence was signed. But though he might predict the murder of a president, say, astrology could not tell him the name of the president, or the name of his murderer, or any of the details found in his quatrains. Such details could only come from visions.

    How do these visions come to him? Is he seeing the future through a disembodied eye, which he can send to where and when he wants? Or is he, rather, seeing the future through the eyes and minds of its inhabitants, learning something of what they have come to know?

    If the latter, it probably matters how many of these future minds are in agreement. He might have seen the death of the current king, because it was nearby, and the Great Fire of Londen, because it was to be experienced by many Londoners. He might have seen the French Revolution, and the rise of Napoleon, because these are still being taught in the schools and talked about during many subsequent centuries.

    But he might not have properly understood the modern world. And also, he may have been misled by movies and television. Perhaps that's why his predictions seem to peter out after the nineteenth century. He may have "seen", not what really was, but what existed in the popular mind. He may have "seen", for example, the resurrection of Dracula, because of the many Dracula movies seen by mothern minds.

    Perhaps, there is, or will be, a popular belief that the LHC will make -- makes -- has made -- it very dangerous to live in Geneva. Nostradamus may have picked up this belief, and written his quatrain accordingly. In that case, Geneva might be in no more danger than the rest of the planet, or even in no danger at all.
     
  11. Sep 22, 2008 #10

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    Re: Black hole in LHC?

    Right :tongue2:

    Maybe because Nostradamus was just making stuff up ? Or because he would know that the prices of housings there would become prohibitively expensive ?
     
  12. Sep 24, 2008 #11
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    In other news:
    Yeah but "contrary positive ray" in Geneva is pretty hard to come up with by mere chance. The 15th century French would have had no notion of "contrary positive" and certainly not when it came to "ray" (the only word they had for ray was light).

    But at least it means that only Geneva will be destroyed.
     
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  13. Sep 24, 2008 #12
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    The problem with "supernatural" claims, such as prognostication, is that there is so much fraud going around. And the problem with Nostradamus, specifically, is that his quatrains are so unclear. Thus he opens himself to the suspicion of fraud. A fraudster would be unclear on purpose, in order to avoid being exposed by a contradiction between his claims and the reality. A fraudulent medium would not say: "Your deceased aunt wants to say something." for fear of the reply "All my aunts are alive and well." or "I don't have any aunts." A fraudulent prophet, for a similar reason, would not say "President Reagan is going to die in office." but rather "President Reagan will be in great peril of his life." or "A president in the next decades is going to die in office."

    But one can be unclear without being fraudulent. Why was Nostradamus so unclear? He himself gives the answer: Clear predictions, clearly fulfilled would gain him the attentions of the Inquisition, and open him to suspicions of witchcraft. Better to be suspected of fraud, than of witchcraft.

    Yet I feel that he might have avoided being decoded by the Inquisition, and yet become clear by hindsight, while predicting events that would only come true when he would be safely in his grave. Consider the following quatrains, which he never wrote:

    Feu se couchant dans l'abîme de matière
    Sera déchaîné par sagesse D'UNE PIERRE
    Dévastation sur une ville entière
    Grandes royaumes tournés aux cimétières

    Personne créature, personne si célère
    Que se surpasse la vitesse de lumière
    Ahi, Chrysanthème, Aigle, Ourse et Dragon
    Seront des témoins du tonneau MEGATON.

    Nobody in the sixteenth century could have made head or tail of it. Yet, nowadays, it would have been clear enough to raise him above all suspicion of fraud.
     
  14. Sep 24, 2008 #13
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  15. Sep 25, 2008 #14

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    I moved the posts related to Nostradamus' prediction concerning the LHC (well...) here...

    (probably I missed some posts)
     
  16. Sep 25, 2008 #15

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    Re: Black hole in LHC?

    There hasn't been any asteroid impact destroying any city as far as I know :tongue:
     
  17. Sep 25, 2008 #16
    Doesn't anyone want to ponder a guess as to what he possibly could have meant by a "l'contre raypoz" destroying everything?

    I mean, sure he might have been pulling it out of his butt, but even if it's a coincidence it's still pretty cool.
     
  18. Sep 25, 2008 #17
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    Multi-quote still doesn't work.

    I did not think of asteroid impacts, but of nuclear bombs. Perhaps I should translate:

    Fire which is sleeping in the abyss of matter,
    Will be unchained by the ingenuity of ONE STONE
    Devastation to an entire city
    Great kingdoms turned into cemeteries.

    No creature, nobody so swift
    As to surpass the speed of light
    Alas, Chrysanthemum, Eagle, Bear and Dragon
    Will witness the vessel of MEGATON

    You missed several quotes about Nostradamus, indeed an entire discussion of his possible prediction concerning the LHC. Please restore things as they were, or no newcomer will understand this any more.
     
  19. Sep 25, 2008 #18

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    I know. I was applying "mauvaise foi", hence the :tongue:
     
  20. Sep 25, 2008 #19

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    Ok, I did more extensive thread surgery, I hope it is ok now. I didn't move orion1's posts, as I didn't want to disrupt the discussion in the other thread.
     
  21. Sep 26, 2008 #20

    I translated this quatrain from Babelfish and Google, who wrote this quatrain?
    This quatrain seem to match the description of nuclear weapons very well, 'Fire lying down in the matter' (nuclear fission), 'damages will be unchained by wisdom' (a fission chain reaction) and a stone (a critical mass), 'Devastation on a whole city, Large kingdoms turned to the cemeteries' (Nagasaki, Hiroshima), nobody is famous that the speed of light is exceeded with him (Einstein, General Relativity), 'barrel MEGATON', (a Megaton thermonuclear device barrel sized warhead). 'Chrysanthemum, Eagle, Bear and Dragon will be witnesses' (Japan, United States, Russia and China - national symbols)
     
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