A few days ago, the NYT published a bizarre article which suggested - or rather, which discussed a paper that itself suggested - that the Large Hadron Collider was actually being sabotaged. By itself. From the future. (I promise you won't regret clicking that link. I've watched the video four times just writing this.)
Confused, I emailed a friend who works on the LHC, basically asking, "Is this for real?" I'm sure I wasn't the only person asking him for insight, and to help out those of us who won't be getting doctorates in physics anytime soon, he's posted a full response to the article on his blog - worth a read for anyone curious:
Okay, “out there” physics, but not necessarily wrong. Where the author loses me is his argument about pulling cards from a deck....
That part is pretty nutty. How is nature to believe us? Are we supposed to really, really promise that we won’t run the LHC if we draw the card? What if we cross our fingers? Does nature count that?
And yes, I shamelessly stole his title.