Off-topic (via W. Zajc): Dennis Overbye of NYT wrote an article about \(1+2+3+\dots = -1/12\) which looks sort of decent to me. He's generally a very good science writer, I think. The cartoon is also amusing and, when interpreted correctly, insightful.Just a link. Kyle Cranmer of NYU (and ATLAS) at Quantum Diaries develops a fun analogy between the government and the Higgs naturalness:
Some RG effects are even compared to the inflation.
Now, it would be bizarre if the budget deficit were a tiny fraction of the expenses. But the Higgs mass is much smaller than the apparent individual positive and negative contributions.
How would it be possible if this balance existed in the government budget? It would need the government officials not to be irresponsible populist as$holes. But it's extremely unnatural i.e. effectively unlikely that the government officials aren't as$holes. They probably are.
So there must be a different, more likely, more natural reason, and the reason could be a balanced budget amendment of the U.S. Constitution. This is compared to a solution to the naturalness problem – supersymmetry is the most well-motivated one (yes, SUSY instantly gets under the attack by an aggressive crank in the comment section, and be sure that I am not the only one who counts Dr. Tienzen (Jeh-Tween) Gong as one)).
Increasing energy at which no signs of SUSY or another solution to the naturalness puzzle appears will increase the chances of an "anthropic" solution in which the near-perfect cancellation of the Higgs mass terms is a coincidence, perhaps one "encouraged" by the anthropic bias i.e. a greater exposure/probability assigned to possibilities that allow intelligent life.
I would like to develop the analogy and verify whether it really works in some more detail but I am out of energy today.