Physics and Metaphysics: Together at Last


Richard Alleyne reports on the intriguing theory that Hibbs Bosons from the future are preventing the Large Hadron Collidor from working:

The pair’s hypothesis centres around the Higgs Boson, a mysterious tiny particle and building block of life that it is hoped the LHC will discover.

They have come up with a theory that it will “ripple backward through time” and stop the collider before it could make one, like a time traveler who goes back in time to kill his grandfather.

“It must be our prediction that all Higgs producing machines shall have bad luck,” Dr. Nielsen said.

Aha, I hear you saying, isn’t the idea of events in the future causing events in the past incoherent? Fortunately, I’m here to tell you that the answer is no. Way back in the July 1964 issue of Philosophical Review, Michael Dummett published “Bringing About the Past” which persuasively argued that backwards causation is just as conceptually sound as the idea of forwards causation. That said, it remains an open question of empirical science whether any actual examples of backwards causation exist.

Holger Nielsen and Masao Ninomiya think that we may have such a situation on our hands, and they argue in “Test of Effect from Future in Large Hadron Collider: a Proposal” and “Search for Effect of Influence from Future in Large Hadron Collider” that the circumstances now exist to perform empirical tests to locate backward causation in action.