So that is my main argument against getting too excited about this possibility. I haven’t even addressed how far from reality these claims actually are. This is all just theorizing. The Higgs singlet is a theoretical effect of creating the theoretical Higgs boson, the main objective of the LHC. But we have still never detected a Higgs boson, much less its byproducts.
Oh, and if you look at the scientific paper, they wouldn’t actually be sending particles through our time. They would be sending properties of the particles through a “closed time-like curve.” So, really, the mainstream article over-emphasized the whole endeavor. But it’s still fun to think about.
I also wanted to discuss another implication of time travel. It has surely occurred to some that if this would allow us to send information back through time we should be receiving information from the future right now. Naturally, we would want to share our scientific breakthrough with ourselves in the past. Since we are not receiving that information, this must not work, right?
Well, remember that the way we would be sending this information through time is with a Higgs singlet, a particle we have not encountered yet. Since we don’t have a Higgs singlet, we don’t have a detector for one. So our future selves could send all the singlet-information back to us that they want, but we would have no way to even know they were sending it. Upon discovering the particle and building a receiver, we could find we are bombarded with messages from the future.
Where does that leave us?
We have a theory about a particle that we could send back and forth through time–kind of. The mainstream media dumbed the idea down and sold it as a science article, without real science in the article. Sending information through time is just as consequential as sending objects and people. The ability to send information backwards through time is dependent on the destination having the means to receive that information.
Read science articles with curiosity and skepticism and be willing to ask questions and discuss your thoughts.