Does the LHC prove the existence of ghosts?
The pair claim CERN’s LHC essentially disproves the notion of ghosts.
Despite there being no definitive proof of the existence of ghosts, some 52 per cent of Britons and 42 per cent of Americans believe that spirits walk the Earth.
However, Mr deGrasse Tyson, who rose to fame in the TV show Cosmos, and the UK’s Professor Cox say that the large particle collider in Switzerland puts that myth to bed.
On his podcast which he co-hosts, The Infinite Monkey Cage, Mr Cox stated that the Standard Model of Physics does not allow for a substance that can carry information after death that would not be detected by the LHC.
Brian Cox was speaking on his podcast The Infinite Monkey Cage
Prof Cox said: "If we want some sort of pattern that carries information about our living cells to persist, then we must specify precisely what medium carries that pattern, and how it interacts with the matter particles out of which our bodies are made.
"We must, in other words, invent an extension to the Standard Model of Particle Physics that has escaped detection at the Large Hadron Collider.
Neil deGrasse Tyson joined Brian Cox
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“That's almost inconceivable at the energy scales typical of the particle interactions in our bodies.”
Professor deGrasse Tyson, who was a guest on the show, responded: "If I understand what you just declared, you just asserted that CERN, the European Centre for Nuclear Research, disproved the existence of ghosts.”
This warranted a stern “yes” in response from the University of Manchester’s Prof Cox.
The LHC disproves the existence of ghosts
The astrophysicists argue that as we cannot interact with ghosts, they are not made of matter but rather energy.
The Standard Model of Physics dictates that energy is lost if it requires energy – for moving or emitting light for example – so it would be impossible for ghosts to exist.
Another point they highlight is that the LHC would have been able to detect that energy – because the energy from ghosts would surely be the same energy that is used to make the living.
Prof Cox continued: "I would say if there's some kind of substance that's driving our bodies, making my arms move and legs move, then it must interact with the particles out of which our bodies are made.
"And seeing as we've made high precision measurements of the ways that particles interact, then my assertion is that there can be no such thing as an energy source that's driving our bodies."