Brilliant young people exist in this world. There are kids like Malala Yousafzi who do phenomenal work and gain international recognition for inspiring acts. At 21, Elizabeth Nance worked at Johns Hopkins to develop nanoparticles to penetrate brain tissue. Brilliance knows no specific age, and truly gifted ideas are often rewarded. But then there are kids like Max Laughlin. The young teenager has been labeled as a “genius,” but no one can really trace back who started the name other than Laughlin’s own parents. Laughlin made waves when he developed this completely real energy device that should give the world infinite power.
Why have you never heard of such a device, you ask? One of two theories: 1) the device never actually worked nor could it be upscaled into any sort of efficient manner or 2) your government personally made sure that you would never hear of Max Laughlin or his ‘incredible’ Free Energy Device. Most blogs that talk about Laughlin’s “genius” would recommend the latter.
Maybe it’s a result of the Mandela Effect — the universal excuse for forgetting things that now has a pseudoscience following. We won’t bother getting into those arguments because you’re either a devout fan of the Mandela Effect or you’re comfortable admitting that humanity is forgetful.
So what does Laughlin (and his father who chimes in later into the video) claim the world has forgotten? A hypothesis that CERN — the European Organization for Nuclear Research — made us forget everything with the Large Hadron Collider. Yes, the boy wonder proposed that the Mandela Effect was triggered by our old universe being destroyed by the search for nuclear fusion.
At one point, Laughlin mentions that humanity believed CERN was a bad idea from the start, “even when we thought about starting it, we knew our universe would implode.” No, not quite. Laughlin refuses to cite sources for that discussion, and while physicists can certainly have their quirks, we doubt they plotted together to destroy all humanity while managing to get it funded by international governments.
He also ignores what CERN does, which is work toward duplicating the processes we see in space here on earth. The Large Hadron Collider serves the purpose of facilitating those reactions.
The Real Problem
The passion for science is there. The foundation is there. He is undoubtedly a bright, creative kid. We’re just not sure if he stuck the landing. It’s as if Laughlin and his dad wrote down the first sentence of every major multiverse theory article they could find on Wikipedia and threw something together. Sure, we could nitpick the ideas presented by Laughlin for days, weeks even. However, the YouTube comments section does an excellent job breaking down his points. (We also fully expect you all to leave your thoughts in the comment section.)
We’ve directed on major frustration at the man behind the camera who we’re assuming is Laughlin’s father. Toward the middle of the video, Laughlin’s dad makes a statement: “I doubt anyone can truly understand this except for you.” If your child is the only one on the planet smart enough to understand it — beyond the trained physicists in the profession — then we might have a problem. The best physicists could sustain their discussions and teach the public about even the most controversial theorems. You can’t just write it off as “my kid is smarter than everyone else” and not give any regard to field experts. If others can’t grasp a concept, maybe it’s because there isn’t anything to grasp. There’s no body of proof. No evidence. No basis or logic.
The biggest issue comes from countless websites, conspiracy blogs, and others holding Laughlin up as the zenith of pre-pubescent genius. The more he hears the word associated with himself, the less likely he’ll be to challenge the status quo. Einstein, Hawking and even the eccentric Elon Musk have disassociated themselves from the word “genius” for similar such reasons. If you think you know everything, you cease questioning anything — including yourself.