Is the appliance of science more important than a cure for cancer?

Drew McAdam pic, Gazette columnist
Drew McAdam pic, Gazette columnist
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WASN’T that the most thrilling thing you’ve ever heard? Congratulations to the army of scientists who have found the Higgs Boson. Yay!

The applied hours of 7000 physicists, working for 14 years, at an estimated cost of £2.6 billion so far (and nobody can tell me if that’s a US billion or a UK billion) - with the financially crippled UK taxpayer contributing £70 million - will no doubt have a remarkable and positive effect on all our lives. And don’t forget that the next generation of scientists will be able to claim billions in research money and grants for experiments to prove the theory wrong. Still, it keeps them in a job, eh?

Mind you, if science is the new religion – and it seems that’s what’s happened – then if you dare suggest that the whole thing is a colossal waste of money and resources, you’ll be howled down by the high priests of the New Religion.

You will be branded a heretic (or more likely, an idiot) because you dare apply common sense, and question what possible practical use all this can be; to peer back to the first trillionth of a second after the Big Bang.

Which is why, I ask, in the spirit of the heretic… How’s the cure for that cancer thing coming along, fellas?

I’m talking about lung cancer, breast cancer, colon cancer, leukaemia, lymphoma, prostate cancer. And that’s without looking at malaria, MS, Alzheimer’s, AIDS, muscular dystrophy and so on. Feel free to add to the list.

While children’s hospitals are being closed and care homes are crumbling, I offer my congratulations to those involved in the most expensive science experiment ever to take place in the history of the world.

Feel free to celebrate step one in solving the mystery of the origin of mass and the effect on the theory of supersymmetry.

However, it would be a more remarkable achievement if those involved took a trip to a children’s hospice to see how the billions of pounds spent on some pointless - and it IS pointless - massive, resource-shrivelling, money-burning experiment could be put to better use; like saving little lives.

Be honest. As an ordinary citizen, where would you rather see your money go? On an egotistical experiment, or to help alleviate suffering and pain?

My own (inexpensive) experiment demonstrates that excessive schooling and a lack of real world experience leads to “all brains but no common sense.” And now we have proof.

DREW MCADAM