Higgs up (to) date

Jason Lisle and Jake Hebert have a short article up, as promised: Have Scientists Found the ‘God’ Particle?

Although it has been nicknamed the “God particle,” it is widely agreed that the name is more for publicity than accuracy, and many physicists do not like it. … the Higgs mechanism does not account for the origin of mass in the ultimate sense. … If God chooses to use a Higgs field to set the masses of all particles, He can certainly do so. The fact that such physics is possible or even meaningful would only make sense in a created universe that is controlled by the mind of God anyway. The study of how God upholds the universe today is the very essence of science. So the possible discovery of the Higgs boson falls under operational science, not origins science. … Stay tuned for more information!

I can’t vouch for the accuracy of their description of how the particle does things, obvously. There’s nothing much there of interest that we didn’t just see a moment ago, and nothing beyond reassuring the masses, and the titular question is not actually answered.

That Goddamn Particle

If you find yourself engaged in a drinking game involving sightings of the phrase ‘god particle,’ or are just generally incensed by its use, stop reading now.

The Higgs boson has been found. Probably. At this point adding further nines to the 99.999…% certainty value just looks like showing off, so saying with certainty that it exists looks like a fairly safe bet here in the post-July 4th world.

The ICR’s facebook page directs us to an article by Larry Vardiman in the March Acts & Facts, which I didn’t cover: Did the ‘God Particle’ Create Matter? It’s a classic case of taking things far too literally, in this case the boson’s famous, overused “theistic nickname.” They also warn of an impending up-to-date article on the discovery, but that isn’t out yet. Continue reading