Fans Should Not Give Up the Ghost
Who doesn’t love a good ghost story? Tales of the paranormal are the mainstay of popular culture, appealing to all age groups. So it comes as a killjoy that a scientist now claims that the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) conclusively proves that there’s no such thing as ghosts. That gigantic machine should have been satisfied with the Nobel Prize-winning achievement of proving the existence of the “God Particle” — a.k.a. the Higgs boson — which excites a much smaller community than the millions addicted to ghostly capers. By venturing into the sphere of revenants, it risks the danger of spirited opposition by those devoted to phantasmal investigations, including perhaps Shah Rukh Khan who revealed this week that he’s a fan of the fictional Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency that probes paranormal incidents.
As fans of supernatural sagas will agree, particle physicists cannot be deemed the last word on matters incorporeal as they are concerned with, well, matter. So, they would inevitably insist that if the LHC cannot “see” ghosts — which could be classified as extensions of the Standard Model of Particle Physics — they cannot exist. But since the USP of ghosts is that they have no form, and neither quantum nor particle physics has all the answers to the Universe yet, the matter of ghosts must remain nebulous.