High Dimension

CERN conspiracy theories garner millions of views on TikTok

CERN or the European Organization for Nuclear Research, which is a European research organization that operates the largest particle physics laboratory in the world, launched its particle accelerator for the third time on July 5 in hopes of better understand cosmic unknowns such as dark matter. Round three is expected to last for the next four years.

In a press release, CERN wrote: “Finding the answers to these and other intriguing questions will not only deepen our understanding of the universe at the smallest scales, but could also help unlock some of the greatest mysteries of the universe as a whole, such as how it came to be and what its ultimate fate might be.”

The particle accelerator, called the Large Hadron Collider, is a machine that studies particles and spans 17 miles. It spins and smashes particles together near the speed of light. Ten years ago, scientists were able to discover the Higgs boson particle when they first launched the Large Hadron Collider.

Proving the existence of the Higgs boson was a major milestone in fundamental physics. A year later, it earned François Englert and Peter Higgs a Nobel Prize in Physics. Scientists believe the Higgs field formed a tenth of a billionth of a second after the Big Bang and without it stars, planets and life would not have emerged.

The Large Hadron Collider completed a second experimental campaign in 2018 which provided insight into the structures of protons and the decay of the Higgs boson. Observing how the Higgs boson decays will help scientists better understand its mass properties, say CERN researchers.

“When the universe began, no particle had mass; they all rotated at the speed of light,” wrote researchers from CERN. “Stars, planets and life could only emerge because the particles acquired their mass from a fundamental field associated with the Higgs boson. The existence of this mass-generating field was confirmed in 2012 when the Higgs boson particle was discovered at CERN.”

And after more than three years of maintenance and upgrades, the collider was relaunched on July 5 – this time running at the unprecedented energy of 13.6 trillion electron volts, which will enable new discoveries in the physics of particles, according to CERN researchers.

Because the collider was restarted after a three-year hiatus, at record energy levels and will operate for the next four years, dozens of conspiracy theories spread on social media in the weeks leading up to its third launch.

The topic started racking up millions of views on TikTok after conspiracy theorists worried other people about all sorts of interdimensional evils invited into our world by the Collider.

A TikToker claimed in a video with over 2.3 million views that a portal to another dimension would be opened.

@rxzesxo THEY ARE HIDING THIS FROM YOU. #manifestation #portal #cern #cernjuly5th #foryou #foryoupage #fypシ #spirituality #multiverse #fyp #spiritualtiktok ♬ Stranger Things – Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein

“They’re hiding that from you.” The caption of the video indicated it.

Others claimed that the portal would not only lead to another dimension, but that it release demons in our world.

TikTokers were also quick to compare real-life scientific research to “Stranger Things,” Netflix’s most popular series. The video below has over 1.1 million views.

@maidofmagick At this point I’m a full time conspiracy theorist and I’m not even sorry about it #cern #mandelaeffect #conspiracytiktok #strangerthings #multidimensional ♬ Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God) – Kate Bush

After the launch of the Large Hadron Collider on July 5, three never-before-seen particles were identified by scientists. And contrary to virus theories, a portal to a new dimension has not been discovered, nor has a black hole opened.

Some theories suggest the particle accelerator could form “quantum” black holes, but these would be microscopic, the CERN website says.

CERN answered questions posed on social media in a post on its website. Most theories are debunked here.

Moreover, all collider results so far are based on only 5% of the total amount of data it will deliver over its lifetime. Scientists are already working on the fourth campaign, which should start in 2030, according to a press release issued by CERN.

While the answers to some of the questions posed in these plots could be provided by data from this third run, the answers to other puzzles are considered beyond the scope of the collider, requiring a future “Higgs factory”.

For this reason, CERN and its international partners are studying the “technical and financial feasibility of a much larger and more powerful machine, the future circular collider”.

“High-energy colliders remain the most powerful microscope at our disposal for exploring nature at the smallest scales and uncovering the fundamental laws that govern the universe,” said Gian Giudice, head of CERN’s Theory department in a statement. “In addition, these machines also bring huge societal benefits.”