Justified & Ancient
- Jan 9, 2012
You make a good point, how much research has Brian Cox put into studying hauntings, amnaifestations, poltergeists etc? My guess would be very little, he is simply drawing on snippets he has watched, read or heard about over time.I think Cox may have fallen prey to something we might call the 'Ghostbusters Fallacy'. In that (comedy) fantasy movie, ghosts could be captured by using advanced quantum physics and nuclear-powered containment facilities. There is no reason to suspect that ghosts have any effect on the quantum realm, or that they can be affected by physical technology in any way.
If (as I suspect) ghosts are an entirely psychological phenomenon, we may be able to detect them using some kind of brain/computer interface, but they may be too subtle for that. In any case the LHC would be no use at that level of investigation.
One of my favourite cases is from the UK and involves two Police officers on patrol. They pick up on the radio that a stolen car is being pursued and race off in an attempt to get ahead of it and intercept it. They arrive only to see the stolen car smash head on into a tree* with other police cars on its tail. They then both witness a well known local petty criminal emerge from the wreck and run from the scene. They jump out of their car and shout to the other Police officers that he is fleeing on foot but are met with puzzlement as that very petty criminal is actually visibly deceased in the wreckage of the car (Source: 'Credible Witness' by Andy Gilbert).
So what was it they actually saw and how could that be measured by Mr Cox's Large Hardon [sic] Collider...? Both officers were clear about what they saw and indeed one of them had a difficult time accepting it. It would be easy to dismiss their experience as police canteen gossip, however both revealed their identities to Andy Gilbert and did not seek either fame, fortune or both from their experience.