This just in: our universe shouldn’t exist.
This according to scientists at the European Organization for Nuclear Research, or CERN, Newsweek reports. Why did the CERN scientists come to this conclusion? They say they have discovered a symmetry in nature that they assert should not be possible. Say what, you say?
Well, according to the Newsweek article, the reasoning goes like this: After the Big Bang, matter “had to” form. There are two types of matter, particles and antiparticles. Particles and antiparticles annihilate each other upon contact. Therefore, if there were equal numbers of particles and antiparticles, the universe couldn’t exist, so there must be an imbalance, as the universe appears to exist. Therein lies the problem. There is no apparent imbalance.
Repeated experiments designed to divine this asymmetry, including the most recent ones CERN conducted which measured antiprotons 350 times more precisely than ever before, have all failed to do so.
“All of our observations find a complete symmetry between matter and antimatter, which is why the universe should not actually exist,” said Christian Smorra of Japan’s RIKEN Institute. He added, “An asymmetry must exist here somewhere, but we simply do not understand where the difference is. What is the source of the symmetry break? What is the source?”
What we do know is that science itself isn’t “the source.” That may be why it can’t find it. And, if the universe “shouldn’t exist,” science shouldn’t either. Yet they both do, the former more perfect than the latter. Can we be, or can we not be? That is not the question. The question is how do we explain the unexplainable, the inexplicable? What matters more than matter and antimatter? What trumps symmetry and asymmetry?
Skeptics, there can be no more denial, the science is settled: science can’t explain our existence.
(There are more things in Heaven and Earth, Smorra, than are dreamt of in CERN).