After more than a few false alarms, CERN now claims to have found the Higgs Boson. The Large Hadron Collider at CERN was built specifically to look for the Higgs Boson, nicknamed “The God Particle”, thereby revealing the religious agenda that is actually behind what may be history’s most expensive church. It must be pointed out that although the LHC, in the unimaginable fury of the high energy collisions it generates, claims to have succeeded in producing a particle that more or less matches the predicted characteristics of the Higgs Boson (absent a piece of “massless matter” to test it with, how will we know?), that does not prove such a particle ever existed before that very moment, nor does it prove the Big Bang. The scientist-priests at the LHC will not be able to prove that their new particle is not itself a creation of the LHC rather than a part of the natural atomic world.

Particle physicists like to joke that studying matter with colliders is like smashing two mechanical clocks together and trying to guess what the clocks looked like based on the springs, gears, and levers that fly out. Let us take that analogy one step further and speculate that given enough speed at the moment of collision, individual teeth from the clock gears will come flying out as separate distinct pieces. But clearly, prior to that moment of collision, they never did exist as separate distinct pieces. Their separateness is created by the collision at that very moment. The same may well be true of the ultra-tiny particles generated by the collisions of the LHC, including whatever we may be asked to accept on faith as the “God Particle.” They may be artifacts of the experimental method, and not of natural processes.

 

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