Just in: The Large Hadron Collider is NOT the gateway to the multiverse

From skeptical mathematician Peter Woit's Not Even Wrong, (July 21, 2011):

For results relevant to strings, black holes, extra dimensions, split supersymmetry, and other exotica, CMS has them appearing here, for ATLAS they’re here. No such objects are being seen, with limits being pushed up dramatically from those coming from the 2010 data. Again, it’s going to be very hard to argue that there’s a significant probability that such things will be seen in the rest of this run, or even later ones at full energy. Results from EPS-HEP 2011

Also, here's his take on Scientific American promoting the multiverse:

Things haven’t changed at all. One might be tempted to criticize Scientific American for keeping this alive, but they just reflect the fact that this pseudo-science continues to have significant influence at the highest levels of the physics establishment. The Perimeter Institute recently ran a conference on Challenges for Early Universe Cosmology, which was dominated by multiverse mania. Unlike the case at SciAm, multiverse skepticism didn’t get prominent play at Perimeter.

Guess Scientific American hasn't caught up yet; they haven't fired the orderlies from the asylum and put the patients in charge.

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Denyse O'Leary is co-author of The Spiritual Brain.

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