Like I said in my introductory post, I like to be fully armed with arguments in favour of the LHC.
I usually fall back against critics with the argument that what happens in the LHC, naturally occurs all the time in the universe even so with higher levels of energy.
In 2008 and also now, I've read the CERN safety study and I can't find a direct answer to the following question:
"If the collisions that happen in the LHC, happen naturally all the time, then do mini big-bangs also occur all the time?"
This question is derived from an article of the Belgian state television, translated version can be found here. It's about reaching a record temperature by a mini-big bang in the LHC on Monday. The following is stated in the article:
So if this is such a rare event in the universe, my usual argumentation becomes invalid..."Such high temperature was not reached since one billionth of one second after the birth of the universe." (translation to English is correct)
I'm hoping the journalist made a mistake in interpretation, because I can't find the same statement on any English speaking site. Even the CERN press site makes no mention of this record temperature.
Does anyone have more info on this?