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    Merry Christmas, If...
    By Tommaso Dorigo | December 24th 2009 10:29 AM | 14 comments | Print | E-mail | Track Comments
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    I am an experimental particle physicist working with the CMS experiment at CERN. In my spare time I play chess, abuse the piano, and aim my dobson...

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    This blog wishes you a very Merry Christmas, if...

    You would not really expect me to wish Merry Christmas à tout le monde, right ? I hate nobody, but the fact you visit my site on December 24th does not make you eligible to have my sympathy, by itself. There are a few -very few- things that I attach as a condition for my best wishes.

    So, Merry Christmas to you, and your loved ones,

    • if you live in the knowledge that you are a guest on this planet, and make an effort to keep it good for those who will one day take your place in it;
    • if you hate nobody, and reject violence and war as means of resolution of controversies;
    • if, while being religious, you accept that religion should not in any way hinder the progress of science; or if, not being religious, you support the advancement of human knowledge.
    To all others: I wish you will find a way to see through the clouds that hinder your clear thinking.

    Comments

    Hank
    Merry Christmas to you also!!
    merry christmas to you too!

    Tommaso,

    These conditions you put for your Merry Christmas are nothing but my mere believe.
    I would love to write them again:
    * if you live in the knowledge that you are a guest on this planet, and make an effort to keep it good for those who will one day take your place in it;
    * if you hate nobody, and reject violence and war as means of resolution of controversies;
    * if, while being religious, you accept that religion should not in any way hinder the progress of science; or if, not being religious, you support the advancement of human knowledge.

    I love these "conditions", and I wish everyone will just stop and think about them for few minutes to know that we are all humans and we are all equal.

    Merry Christmas to you too Tommaso,

    Merry Christmas Tommaso

    Merry Christmas to all.

    No exceptions!

    dorigo
    Hah Carl, does that mean Osama, Madoff, Tom Cruise included ? Come on!   ;-)
    Cheers all,
    T.
    Be nice to (not "kill") them all, let God sort them out.

    Merry Christmas to all except Tom Cruise! LOL ;-)
    Sorry, I hate Berlusconi, your merry x-max is not for me.

    dorigo
    For this once you get a green card Anon ;-)
    Cheers, and merry xmas
    T.
    Belated Merry Christmas to you.......(I love the "if's.")
    ~S~

    Hi Tommaso,

    I take this chance for wishing you a great new year to you and your family.

    As you are currently working at Tevatron and CERN, this implies that you should catch Higgs particle very soon...;)

    Best,

    Marco

    dorigo
    Hi Marco,

    thank you and best wishes to you too. Well, I do not expect to find the Higgs in the next couple of years, unfortunately... But it will be very interesting to chase it anyway!
    Cheers,
    T.
    if you hate nobody, and reject violence and war as means of resolution of controversies;

    On this particular issue I agree with Obama. Non-violence and non-war would not have stopped Hitler. There are necessary wars. The war against Al Qaida is one.