The past week has seen conspiracy theories over the work CERN are currently doing rapidly escalate. A case which hasn’t been helped by some internet users claiming the numbers ‘666’ can be found in CERN’s logo.

As the Large Hadron Collider, the world’s largest and highest-energy particle collider, commences action after a two-year hiatus, CERN has announced the discovery a ‘three exotic particles’, as reported by the Independent.

The Collider had been out of action given Covid-19 restrictions.

While the ‘exotic’ particle discovery is a hot topic online, interest has now re-centred on the logo. However, some internet users have since linked to demon worship.

Logo of the European Organization for Nuclear Research CERN
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The apparent ‘666’ on CERN’s logo sends the internet into frenzy

Whether you previously knew of CERN or you’ve heard of the research centre in light of the recent internet hubbub, you might have taken a look at the logo and been curious as to its meaning.

It is a blue and white logo, with CERN featured off-centre to the left. An abstract curved line design then encases the lettering.

The logo appears to be two partially complete circles with straight lines coming off the circles. This creates the apparent symbol of multiple sixes or nines.

However, some have since made the connection between CERN’s logo and the numbers ‘666’. These digits are described as the “number of the beast” in the New Testament. They are linked to demon and devil worship.

But could the ‘666’ be for a scientific reason?

One Twitter user has a reasoning as to why an apparent ‘666’ is featured on the CERN logo. Although, this has not been confirmed by the company.

They state: “666 = 6-protons, 6-neutrons and 6-electrons. Which is the chemical makeup of carbon.”

Carbon has the atomic number of 6, as well as being chemically composed by 6 protons, 6 neutrons, and 6 electrons. So, if the CERN logo is intended to represent three sixes, it could be linked to the centre’s work with atoms.

While carbon is an atom, there is no specific usage of carbon linked to the Large Hadron Collider.

Conspiracy theories circulate

The start of this July has seen an influx of conspiracy theories surrounding the work being undertaken at CERN. This goes in hand with the ten-year anniversary of the discovery of the Higgs boson. As reported by The Focus earlier this week, collisions at “unprecedented energy levels” had been planned for 5 July 2022.

Internet users, upon learning of this plan became suspicious of the activity being undertaken on 5 July. Concerns that the date would bring “timeline shifts”, “Mandela effects”, and “vortexes in the sky” were reported.

With the date having passed, you might rest easy knowing that these events did not occur, at CERN or anywhere else in the world.

The LHC (Large Hadron Collider) in Geneve, Switzerland on January 25th, 2007.
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These are not the first conspiracy theories to hit CERN

Although July may have seen a wave of conspiracy theories speculating over the work at CERN, some of these have been held as theories for years.

The apparent ‘666’ number seen in CERN’s logo is not the first time the centre has been linked to worship. The centre, based in Switzerland near Geneva, has Shiva the Destroyer situated outside of it. It has been pointed out that Shiva is a god of destruction and creation, the creation part which can be linked to CERN’s work exploring atomic particles.

As Public Delivery explains: “Shiva, the cosmic dancer, symbolizes the natural flow of divine energy. He takes part in Rudra Tandava – a dance representing destruction and rebirth- to reshape time and space with his wild thunderstorms. This destructive force can also be seen as constructive by generating new life from death, represented by Shiva’s skull crown, signifying conquest over death.”

The statue was in fact gifted to CERN by India in 2004, to mark the collaborative relationship between the country and the research centre.

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