GENEVA - Physicists said Thursday they are now confident they have discovered a crucial subatomic particle known as a Higgs boson - a major discovery that will go a long ways toward helping them explain why the universe is the way it is. They made the statement following study of the data gathered last year from the world´s largest atom-smasher, which lies beneath the Swiss-French border outside Geneva. The European Organization for Nuclear Research, or CERN, said that what they found last year was, indeed, a version of what is popularly referred to as the "God particle"
if Clinton hadn´t canceled the Super Collider project that was halfway completed out in Waxahachie TX the USA would have discovered the Higgs Boson years ago and we would have a time machine up and running any day now... well maybe no time machine but you know what I mean. Clinton did it to burn Texas and get back at Bush.
I get Higgscups all the time. A little bicarb and glass of water and all is well. By the way, God created the Higgs so that all the physicists at Cern have something to do. So as Einstein and Newton would say, The Higgs is up.
The only time I have heard this particle´s name mentioned is on The Big Bang Theory show. I find it facinating when the actors on this show (or any show) can rattle off stuff like this like they really are physicists.
I know next to nothing about physicist stuff, but I think it is exciting when things like this are found.
The Higgs boson has been searched for for quite a long time. If you recall, some scientists called it "The God Particle", which they were roundly criticized by their fellow secularist scientists for. However, if they have indeed found one, I´d be very interested to follow the story.
However, given the state of the scientific community these days, I don´t think much of their chances of actually finding something as important as this has the potential of being. It could explain much of where the universe came from, how long it´s been in existence (Christians say it was created, not eternal), and how old it is. The ramifications of a "Theory of Everything" is staggering, but hopes of such a discovery in the current publish-or-perish climate are dim.
Awesome science. Fabulous equipment. Extremely costly. Unfortunately, science of this size and dimension ould not exist without enormous taxpayer support. But I am wondering at the discovery. If the collider was built with this much cost over so many years, and they already found the little guy, what are they going to do with the equipment now? I suspect that is why we are now, suddenly, hearing about different types of Higgs. Unfortunately, like most taxpayer funded projects, this thing will be running and eating up money for the next century. I hope they continue to make huge discoveries, but I doubt they will ever get to turn it off.
Actually, Mayim Bialik, who plays Amy, has a PHD in Neuroscience, so when you see her rattling off those terms amd references and carving up "brains," she is basically playing herself. I saw an interview with her once. She is one smart cookie!!!!
I hope they keep discovering the intricate parts of the universe ,but they are deceiving themselves if they believe they can presume it proves the non existence of God who is after all the invisible power that holds all things together. I find it amusing that some people think that ´science´ is separate from God.
Even if they find dozens of Higgs bosons, in my view it will NEVER prove the absence of God. And it will never answer a few simple questions. Such as, If the universe was created by a "big bang" then what was there before? And who or what caused the bang? And what caused the phenomenal symmetry of all the universe? These are just a few simple questions I´d like to have an answer to before I proclaim there is no God (which I will never do).
Just think, it only took $10 billion (not mentioned in this story). Obama spends that like pocket change and gets less than nothing for it. The number of people employeed by this must be near a thousand, oh but we have Solendra and Gov Motors.
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Silly Old Me, 3/14/2013 11:14:21 AM (No. 9224657)
Does this have anything to do with Global Warming?
Religion is based on belief. Science is based on repeatable experiment. They really have nothing to do with one another, even though it is possible to be religious and pursue science. Scientology and Christian Science are both based on the faith of believers rather than any kind of science. This was the point I was making earlier (which apparently lacked clarity).
Good to know that these scientists put a lot more research into proving the discovery of the Higgs boson than they did ´Global Warming´. Perhaps they could expedite the project if the Democrats find a way to tax it.
Advances in physics are some of the most important things humans do.
Rerum causas cognoscere.
"Conflicts" between science and religion, when examined, seem to me always grounded in unsupportable initial assumptions on one side or the other. See Gould´s "Non-Overlapping Magesteria" for starters.
#2: Correct about the Texas Super Collider. But its still great to visit Fermilab.
Also, I´m working on a fictional "biography" of the inventor of time travel [b. 2045; d. 1622, at age 784]. Let me tell you, it leads to some mind-benders! Clarke´s "any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic" is right in the middle of everything. Technology rapidly becomes incomprehensible. Also, what and how much can be "brought back," and how can it be introduced, without reducing the present population to mere pets? Asimov´s "Foundation" books have something to contribute, but I read them long ago, and don´t have time to do so again, now. Hmmm.
If they can find another Higgs boson, the two can get together and have a little Higgie.
#30. There aren´t any repeatable experiments in cosmology or paleontology. Basically it´s guesswork. One problem with many scientists is they spend their lives looking for data that fits their model instead of a model that fits their data. Such as dark matter and dark energy which you can´t dispute because it´s dark. All of this is interesting but I´m just a skeptic.
Regarding science and religion (which are complementary by nature), some of the best insights and explanations come from Guy Consolmagno. He´s written a number of things for readers at different levels. A PhD in planetary science and Jesuit in the Vatican Observatory.
Dittos, Reply #2! The Clintons´ tenure set in motion a tragic fuure regarding science and America´s national secrets. ...Remember that´s when Clinton´s Sec. of Energy, Bill Richardso(D-N.M.) became so chummy with China and our nuclear discoveries somehow became their´s?
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