There is no crime in acknowledging that some things are beyond man's ability to understand them.
When the forces who believe that our present scientific understanding are absolute truth and then use this operating assumption to impugn others - as we later find out that it was THEIR theories that were flawed - a problem of credibility is created.
While I applaud those who engage in rigorous and disciplined though as they seek out the truth - it is also true that what they perceive as absolute is merely cast in the context of their own domain of understanding.
It is possible that there are particles that are traveling even faster than the neutrino that they now say travels a bit faster than light. These objects are likely faster than man or machine's ability to observe their presence.
Or as Donald Rumsfeld said:
[T]here are known knowns; there are things we know we know.We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns – the ones we don't know we don't know.From the AJC Story:
GENEVA — Physicists on the team that measured particles traveling faster than light said Friday they were as surprised as their skeptics about the results, which appear to violate the laws of nature aHundreds of scientists packed an auditorium at one of the world's foremost laboratories on the Swiss-French border to hear how a subatomic particle, the neutrino, was found to have outrun light and confounded the theories of Albert Einstein."To our great surprise we found an anomaly," said Antonio Ereditato, who participated in the experiment and speaks on behalf of the team.
An anomaly is a mild way of putting it.
Going faster than light is something that is just not supposed to happen, according to Einstein's 1905 special theory of relativity. The speed of light — 186,282 miles per second (299,792 kilometers per second) — has long been considered a cosmic speed limit.
The team — a collaboration between France's National Institute for Nuclear and Particle Physics Research and Italy's Gran Sasso National Laboratory — fired a neutrino beam 454 miles (730 kilometers) underground from Geneva to Italy.
They found it traveled 60 nanoseconds faster than light. That's sixty billionth of a second, a time no human brain could register.
"You could say it's peanuts, but it's not. It's something that we can measure rather accurately with a small uncertainty," Ereditato told The Associated Press.s we know them.