Monday, September 26, 2011
No, just kidding. Here’s the real story:
(Reuters News) - An international team of scientists said on Thursday they had recorded sub-atomic particles traveling faster than light -- a finding that could overturn one of Einstein's long-accepted fundamental laws of the universe.
That’s the difference between religion and science. If science finds something new they go out of their way to talk about it. Now this new finding hasn’t been substantiated. They certainly haven’t gotten past the first rule of science (according to the movie Altered States) repeat the experiment. They need to get into the sensory deprivation tank a second time and see if they turn all sparkly AGAIN. This might end up being nothing. The math might be wrong and the speed of light might be safe. Or, there might be some other explanation to this phenomenon. This all took place in Italy, so it’s no surprise these super fast neutrinos might have found some illicit way to break the laws of nature. I suspect mafia connections.
But beyond that, if you following this story you’re witnessing without question the single finest characteristic of science. You are seeing why it is lightyears ahead of any other human endeavor and why religion fails every time. Like Copernicus or Galileo - when scientists are presented with new information (no matter how cherished their old beliefs are) scientists change their minds. Or at least the Italian ones do.