The ‘God-Particle’ and God


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They found the “God-Particle.”

That was the headline in many of America’s news media. It turns out that the name actually derives from substituting “God-particle” for “goddamn particle,” the original name some scientists had given the elusive particle. But the media adopted the former nomenclature.

Why?

Because otherwise, the bulk of humanity would not pay attention. Physicists went nuts. And no one can blame them. For decades, they have searched for the particle that may explain why there is any mass in the universe. And ten billion dollars were spent on the machine that probably proved its existence.

It is therefore not meant in any disrespectful way to the enormous intellectual achievement of these scientists when I say that I identify with the mass of humanity that doesn’t really care about the existence of the Higgs boson.

Those scientists and science writers who have likened this discovery to the discovery of DNA are wrong. If significance means relevance to the human condition, the discovery of DNA merited a ten out of ten and the Higgs boson might merit a two.

This does not mean that the search was either a waste of time or money. Both the time and money invested were necessary because satiating human curiosity about the natural world is one of the noblest ambitions of the human race.

But scientific discovery and meaning are not necessarily related. As one of the leading physicists of our time, Steven Weinberg, has written, “The more the universe seems comprehensible, the more it also seems pointless.”

And pointlessness is the point. The discovery of the Higgs boson brings us no closer to understanding why there is a universe, not to mention whether life has meaning. In fact, no scientific discovery that will ever be made will explain why there is existence, render good and evil anything more than subjective opinion, or explain why human beings have consciousness or anything else that truly matters.

The only thing that can explain existence and answer these other questions is God or some other similar metaphysical belief.

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  • Banastre Tarleton

    True enough Dennis , if God never existed then the whole universe and man's existance is pointless too

    Atheism is unprovable , but I would be very , very surprised to learn that there is a great mind behind the universe as it's just not compatible with the process of evolution ,'' red in tooth and claw ''

    As a keen observer of human nature and a long time student of History it seems quite clear to me that if God never existed it would be necessary to invent god …mankind is a sinful creature of duel nature , both good and evil , but I suspect that evil is more natural and stronger of the two

    The human mind will not suffer a vacuum of nothingness without sinking into existential despair and craves meaning in life ….religion provides meaning and values and also promises rewards for the good and sure punishment for evil

    Atheism may indeed work in the rairified air of academia or among a priviledged class of people , but is disasterous when mainstreamed to the great unwashed

  • Banastre tarleton

    Civilization is a relatively recent occurance of a few thousand years , but mankind has been a feral brute for a much longer period …..it is infact a slow taming process not unlike the taming and domestication of farm animals and we humans are never too far removed from canibalism …the author Joseph Conrad and his novella ''heart of darkness '' explores this very theme , as does Cormac Mccartny in ''blood meridian '' and ''The Road '' ,; also Jack London's ''call of the wild '' explores some very unpleasant truths about the human condition

  • Banastre Tarleton

    The human mind has been sculptured and hardwired by eons of evolution to believe in a God , regardless if God ever existed …it is infact the desire , nay craving for a father figuer , bodyguard , big brother or insurance policy in a hostile and dangerous world ; it's in our DNA and it's not going to go away , the best we can do is channel it like a dam and hydro-electric project does to a raging river and put it to wise and practical use

  • Ain't No Dhimmi

    Obama will soon be saying that he discovered the "G-d" gene in his campaign speeches.
    just as Al Gore
    said he invented the internet.

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

      Al Gore will next claim that he ate the internet and never made sexual advances on it during that massage.

  • tagalog

    I respectfully disagree with Mr. Prager's evaluation of the importance of the experimental verification of the Higgs boson (although the last I heard, it wasn't entirely clear that they actually HAD produced a Higgs boson); the proof of the existence of the Higgs boson will aid in research into dark energy, gravity, the expansion period of the universe, the formation of subatomic particles in the first moments after the Big Bang, and other fundamental mysteries of the cosmos. It is therefore of great value to science and cosmology.

    I do agree that the existence of the Higgs boson provides absolutely no evidence on the issue of the existence of God or His role in the creation of the universe (or universes, depending on whose physics -and math- you prefer). What would Father Lemaitre say?

  • Western Spirit

    Atheists aren’t non-believers; they have a positive belief that there is no God. The Bible says the fool says in his heart there is no God. And that God put eternity into the hearts of man. This makes sense to me because existence itself proclaims a God and man almost universally believes in eternity. So personally I haven’t enough faith to be an atheist because His works proclaim His existence and our hopes or dread of eternity.

    What seems reasonable to me is where there is a design there is a designer and belief in an Eternal Being that designed all of existence makes more sense to me than a big bang, without a catalyst, resulting in evolution unfolding into ever more complexity without rhyme or reason.

    Usually people don’t want to believe in God, despite the evidence that existence poses all around them, because they want to cast off the fetters religion imposes. So they kill God off in their imaginations to quail their conscience, a part of the brain that tells us what is right or wrong. And God designed the conscience, too, a fact that further points to His existence.

    The conscience is just another indication that there is a designer to existence controlling everything rather than an unconvincing accident happening out of the blue for no cause or motivation at all.

    Reality “just is” and since God is ultimate reality that is what I believe, God “just is”.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

    So, you're back, working to post your quota of comments.
    How many will you have to post to keep your work terminal and hours at it?

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      • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

        Boy they set the bar pretty low for you don't they?

        Hahahahaha…..

        wee wee, you make this way to easy.

  • Bamaguje

    "The only thing that can explain existence and answer these other questions is God…" – Dennis Prager

    Really?
    Which god is it?
    Allah, Mohammed’s fictitous alter ego who incites Muslims to kill, rape and plunder with reckless abandon (Quran 9:5, 9:29, 9:123).
    Yahweh, the Judeo-Christian deity who ordered genocidal extermination of Canaanites; demanded human sacrifice (Ezekiel 20:25-26, Exodus 22:29-30) and made Jews eat their children (Ezekiel 5:10, Lam 4:10).
    The Hindu deities which sanctioned widow burning and the denigrating caste system.
    Or perhaps the do-nothing neutral deist god.

    Truth is, even if one accepts the god myth, humanity can still be seen as pointless.
    I just don’t buy the crap of our creator as an attention-seeking narcissist who requires us to regularly massage his ego with empty rituals glorified as worship.

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

      The truth is there is evidence of intelligent design.

      And the Creator is explained several different ways. But one in particular claims and explains God has the power to create. And while you rip on texts that Jews don't even follow, you haven't tied that to the teachings of Christ.

    • tagalog

      You don't have to "buy the crap" if you don't want to. You are free to believe what you want. Of course, you're not entirely free to DO what you want based on those beliefs.

      And other people are free, if they wish, to develop their independent beliefs about the value of what you say.

      • Western Spirit

        Yes and freedom is from God. Allah is an enslaver, a person can get into his religion but not out. While the Judeo-Christian God guarantees our freedom according to our founders rather than man.

        Also Jesus said he came to set the captives free and the truth will set us free. And indeed the truth does set us free, that's why lies, called propaganda, is prevalent in dictatorships.

    • Western Spirit

      Allah sounds more like the antithesis to God than a God. In fact he sounds like a destroyer and evil like Satan.

    • Western Spirit

      Yes and freedom is from God. Allah is an enslaver, a person can get into his religion but not out. While the Judeo-Christian God guarantees our freedom according to our founders rather than man.

  • Theo Prinse

    Gravity

    Gravity is caused by particles. (Free) gravitons are relatively motionless or fixed in position in space while f.i. the Earth flies through this sea of gravitons with 80.000 km/h. Gravitons are f.i 30 powers smaller than the thus far known smallest particle, the electron or tau-neutrino. (Fixed) gravitons within and (free gravitons) outside comprises all forms of matter from stars or larger to electrons or smaller.

    Through the ‘process of repression‘ within electrons and protons in planets, stars etc… gravitons – as a collective – are forced to a motion of local orientation which carries a stronger force (gravitation) on the local present particles. This in an order like that of ever faster spinning wheels placed in a loading-floor of an aero-plane.

    These gravitons always strive towards an absolute spherical field around electrons, protons, stars etc.. Gravitons settle evenly linear in their field among one another like light photons (which are far bigger) in massive streams extending from the center and equable where each one of them remain in their fixed place in space. So gravitons stretch from the center of that electron or star till far beyond, but not into infinity. The mutual smoothly even settling between gravitons ignores the abrupt crossing of that part of a particle, planet or star containing matter where the even settling transfers in empty space. Gravitation occurs not all of a sudden much less f.i. 1 cm above the Earth surface.

    I. Primary gravitation of stars, planets, moons, spaceships etc.

    The gravitons are present in and – without significant crossing also – outside any object. But the gravitons f.i. of the Earth field of evenly settling both inside as outside the Earth itself have no effect on the Earth because they liquidate one another on all sides. But a spacecraft flies left or right, up front or behind it in that field of even-settling around the Earth and crashes in that respective direction on the Earth. The spacecraft also has a gravitational field of its very own but again the craft isn’t effected by its own field whatsoever..

    II. Secondary gravitation. Deviation. (Tertiary G = lever)

    In the gravitons f.i. of the Earth even-settling field there are besides these immediate degrees of gravitational force of itself also a degree of deviation of force caused by the even settling field or force of attraction of the Sun. But although this secondary force is very minimal relatively to the primary force, this secondary deviation is within the gravitons inside the Earth precisely the cause of the motion of the Earth and ditto her Moon in their shared orbit around the Sun

    So gravitons in fields of even settling effect the gravitons of other fields, but always in a minimal degree. Gravitons in particles or stars contain thus unlimited minimal deviation of neighboring fields.

    A satellite around the Earth reacts only on the secondary deviation of force as a result of the even settling field of the Earth on the gravitons within the protons of the satellite. .

    III. Gravitation of electrons and protons.

    Electrons like protons have also fields of even settling of gravitons like planets. The force in which a small magnet falls towards the table in comparison with the force in which that magnet attracts a coin upwards from the table seems different forces but it isn’t .

    Electrons are pulled around its proton through the deviation in the gravitons within the electron, which deviation is caused by the field of even settling of the proton. The gravitons of the field of even settling of the electron in and outside itself have again no effect on the electron itself.

    IV. Three electrical forces in a gravitational perspective

    1. An electron combines two protons in a molecule when in outer orbit around one proton it places itself in a shared empty space in both protons their outer orbit.
    2. Electrons constitute an electrical current in metal with little electrical properties by jumping from one proton to the next and occupy the shortly before liberated place by an electron that just jumped away.
    3. Electrons are part of an electric current in metal with high electrical properties (magnet) in which the electrons at the far end escape and circle to the other outer end …. on the outside.
    http://www.irm.umn.edu/hg2m/hg2m.pdf

    Ad 3.
    Electric currents between a magnet and a non magnetic metal attracts were the expelled electrons of the magnet circle around the protons of the non magnetic metal and return back again and again. Electrical currents between two magnets can be both attractive as repulsive. The attraction is as above. The repulsion is the failed attraction of electrons flying into each other and than catapulting one another at equal poles of magnets.

    V. Free electrons

    Free electrons which – whether or not propagated – fly away from metal preserve in free space more or less the spiraling wave movement which they had when in orbit around protons because they – once free – remain locked into that spiral motion by the fields of even settling of surrounding electrons which spiral in exactly the same way and the even but minimal degree in which they deliver one another their mutual equivalent deviation. If an electron changes in position relative to an other, it causes a deviation in the normal field of even settling of that electron by the neighboring electrons vice versa and corrects one another al the time in the same relative position

    In the same way are free electrons at great distances from and or around magnets or the core of the Earth copied in their specific field-waves by means of imposition of their original orbit/wave through their protons beginning from the outer edge of the material from which the electrons originate and so on outward.

    With kind regards

    Theo Prinse

  • BS77

    Part of the Heisenberg Theory presumes that if a researcher looks hard enough, he will find something akin to what he is looking for….and furthermore, the invesitgation process itself will affect the results, the outcome and the so called "evidence" I do not believe in the Big Bang, in Global Warming or many other "taken for granted" supposedly scientific dogmas. This new particle is theoretical. It cannot be seen or isolated…only inferred. Take the Big Bang….it rests on an assumption…that somethikng came from nothing by "just happening"…This sounds like a secular " miracle" to me. It presumes a finite and limited universe, something I do not accept. I like the idea that there is something infinite, eternal, incomprehensible and beyond the control of our tiny human egos. Evolution has not been proven scientifically. Intelligent Design, Creationism, Evolution, God Particles…all creations of the human intellect.

  • Maxie

    "I do not believe in the Big Bang"
    Oh, it's just the other side of a Black Hole.

  • Glennd1

    I'm not here to argue the existence of God, although I'm an unbeliever. I do think Atheism is mis-characterized by some comments on this thread. Many follow the trope that 'Atheism is faith too' – which is utter nonsense.

    Theism is a belief in a particular religion. A-Theists are skeptical of those claims, or better said, unpersuaded by them. We don't posit science as an alternate "faith" but rather look for evidence and facts to support claims, always subject to better information. We can and do disagree about the quality of the evidence and facts upon which theistic claims are based, but it's completely inaccurate to call Atheism another kind of faith.

    Most scientists admit that initial causes for the universe are not known yet, even Dawkins has publicly stated that it's possible that there was some kind of creator at work. However, there is no evidence, only speculation to support that view so there is no valid reason to just assume that ergo, God must exist. But even if there is some creator, that doesn't mean something supernatural is going on – it could be an alien from another universe – but belief that some actor/agent "created" the big bang doesn't provide any support to the claims of theists. In other words, if I grant the Deistic possibility, and even if there is evidence it's true – it adds no weight to the arguments of Christians, Jews, Mulisms or Buddhists for their relgiions. None.

    So, argue with Atheists if you want to – but do so reasonably. Don't make us something we are not. You should also realize there are now 50 million of us in the U.S. – we are the fastest growing "faith group" in the U.S. And guess what? Many of us aren't leftists or Progressives. You have chased us out the Republican party since it so embraced the evangelical agenda, but many of us are aligned with the ideas of limited govt, personal responsibility, strong defense and fiscal responsibility. If only you NeoConGelical types would realize that you have to build a coalition to govern, you might get that loading up the right with the Evango agenda destroys your chances to actually lead the country away from the destruction you so fear. Sigh…

  • Glennd1

    I'm not here to argue the existence of God, although I'm an unbeliever. I do think Atheism is mis-characterized by some comments on this thread. Many follow the trope that 'Atheism is faith too' – which is utter nonsense.

    Theism is a belief in a particular religion. A-Theists are skeptical of those claims, or better said, unpersuaded by them. We don't posit science as an alternate "faith" but rather look for evidence and facts to support claims, always subject to better information. We can and do disagree about the quality of the evidence and facts upon which theistic claims are based, but it's completely inaccurate to call Atheism another kind of faith.

    Most scientists admit that initial causes for the universe are not known yet, even Dawkins has publicly stated that it's possible that there was some kind of creator at work. However, there is no evidence, only speculation to support that view so there is no valid reason to just assume that ergo, God must exist. But even if there is some creator, that doesn't mean something supernatural is going on – it could be an alien from another universe – but belief that some actor/agent "created" the big bang doesn't provide any support to the claims of theists. In other words, if I grant the Deistic possibility, and even if there is evidence it's true – it adds no weight to the arguments of Christians, Jews, Mulisms or Buddhists for their relgiions. None.

    So, argue with Atheists if you want to – but do so reasonably. Don't make us something we are not. You should also realize there are now 50 million of us in the U.S. – we are the fastest growing "faith group" in the U.S. And guess what? Many of us aren't leftists or Progressives. You have chased us out the Republican party since it so embraced the evangelical agenda, but many of us are aligned with the ideas of limited govt, personal responsibility, strong defense and fiscal responsibility. If only you NeoConGelical types would realize that you have to build a coalition to govern, you might get that loading up the right with the Evango agenda destroys your chances to actually lead the country away from the destruction you so fear. Sigh…