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Physicists Find the Higgs Boson (aka the 'God Particle')

The quest for the crucial subatomic partical known as the Higgs Boson has been successful, researchers said:

CernThey 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."

Joe Incandela, who heads one of the two main teams at CERN that each involve several thousand scientists, said in a statement that "it is clear that we are dealing with a Higgs boson though we still have a long way to go to know what kind of Higgs boson it is."

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  1. Whatever it is the Higgs Boson or its equivalent is active in the thought processes of the brain/mind because a thought is a "thing" which, when repeated consistently, evokes experience and brings about the existence of physical manifestation. CERN should've called me before they dug themselves in billionarian circles.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Mar 14, 2013 7:57:33 AM


  2. Bottom line: something doesn't materialize from nothing.Even the concept of a 'void' or emptiness is tangible.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Mar 14, 2013 9:06:30 AM


  3. So, where are those doomsayers who were saying that the CERN-created black hole would swallow the Earth, now? LOL. The fear is the enemy of the scientific advancement! (Do you hear,the Vatican? Let's hope that the ghost of Copernicus will bite that asinine Argentinian's ass on his first night there! LOL)

    Posted by: iban4yesu | Mar 14, 2013 11:03:12 AM


  4. Sheldon and Leonard will be thrilled!

    Posted by: KDNA | Mar 14, 2013 11:33:52 AM


  5. Two points: 1. It is likely a Higgs boson, but not necessarily the one the media calls the God Particle.
    2. No physicists call it the "God Particle", except in derision (focused at the media)
    It would be nice if the media dropped the fake, sensationalist moniker.

    Posted by: iowan | Mar 14, 2013 11:45:43 AM


  6. "something doesn't materialize from nothing"

    That appears to be false. Experiments have shown that pairs of particles appear and disappear all the time in "empty" space.

    Posted by: Randy | Mar 14, 2013 1:14:24 PM


  7. Stop calling it the God particle. Just, stop. No one in the academic community refers to the Higgs as such.

    Posted by: Michael | Mar 14, 2013 1:44:09 PM


  8. @Randy,

    How? Explain if you can,please.

    Sorry, I don't believe our world or any other world suddenly was created out of a void, our of nothingness. Even calling it a void or emptiness doesn't really do it justice, it's both more and less than that. Our brains really can't adequately conceptualize it, same as we really can't adequately understand and conceptualize a 'God' or supreme being.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Mar 14, 2013 2:10:14 PM


  9. I knew Joe Incandela in college. And he was smokin' hot. I had the hugest crush on him, even though he was thoroughly straight.

    Posted by: Maroon | Mar 14, 2013 3:01:50 PM


  10. @ratbastard:

    Think of it this way. The energy in "empty" space is zero, right? Physicists used to think this was true until quantum mechanics, The Uncertainty Principle of quantum mechanics says that the more accurately we can know the energy, the less accurately we know the time. And vice versa.

    So the shorter the time period over which we make our measurement, the more uncertain is the value of the energy. This explains the existence of virtual particles. They can spontaneioulsly appear out of empty space, but over only a limited amount of time. For per Heisenberg's formula, a virtual electron and virtual positron, each of mass 9.11x10^^-31 Kg, can pop up and remain in existence for no longer than 3.22x10^^-22 seconds. One virtual particle has positive energy and one has negative energy, so the average energy remains zero.

    So, yes, in this sense, something (virtual particles) can come from nothing (empty space). And physicists have speculated that the big bang was a quantum fluctuation, effectively creating our universe.

    See links:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virtual_particle

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Bang

    Posted by: DMT | Mar 14, 2013 3:05:12 PM


  11. "A void" & "nothingness" never existed ion our understanding of existence.

    Even to talk about the existence of "nothingness" is a contradiction and is beyond 'carbon based beings' understanding.

    I think I agree with @ RATBASTARD on that ( if that's what he's saying).

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Mar 14, 2013 3:32:38 PM


  12. @ DMT :

    Sorry, I lost you after "Think of it this way."

    Some of us are just not that bright !!!
    But thanks for trying to help.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Mar 14, 2013 3:34:43 PM


  13. @DMT,

    I appreciate what you posted. I guess I still have a problem with the concept of emptiness in the scientific sense, let alone the philosophical one.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Mar 14, 2013 3:54:12 PM


  14. Higgs are not virtual particles in the traditional sense. The main issue here is that the standard model has been upheld and many versions of string theory (especially super-particle theories) are in trouble.

    Posted by: anon | Mar 14, 2013 4:59:43 PM


  15. Emit joy.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Mar 15, 2013 7:23:39 AM


  16. http://thesop.org/story/letters/2009/07/30/the-real-story-about-the-bible-and-evolution.php

    Posted by: Jesus Christ | Mar 18, 2013 10:56:42 AM


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