‘God particle’ coming into focus
December 12th, 2011
01:57 PM ET

‘God particle’ coming into focus

By Elizabeth Landau, CNN

(CNN)–Gossip isn’t just for teenage girls – scientists spread rumors, too. Physicists are giddy about an announcement that will come from the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) on Tuesday at 8 a.m. EST, although the details remain tantalizingly secret.

The word on the street is that scientists will unveil the first hints of the Higgs boson, also called the "God particle" in popular culture. This unimaginably small particle has never been detected, but would explain several unsolved mysteries about the universe – for instance, why building blocks of our world have mass.

But listen to Tuesday’s revelations with caution – there’s not enough data to make definitive statements yet about the Higgs, said Joe Incandela, chief spokesperson for the LHC’s Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment as of January.

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  3. anthony johnson

    My faith in our lord can never be shaken. Blasphemers unite against our lord. And they will be destroyed by the sword of the righteous and the worthy. When you begin to question god he will rebuke you.

    July 4, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  4. mastersonkev


    July 3, 2012 at 2:42 pm |
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    July 3, 2012 at 2:14 pm |
    • Honey Badger Dont Care

      The original ti.tle of the paper that was written about the search for the Higgs Boson was "That God Damn Particle". The editors didn’t like it that much so it was shortened.

      July 3, 2012 at 2:19 pm |
    • mastersonkev

      Yes, because its so god damn hard to find. But the media just wants to exploit the name to cause a stir among religious nuts and make a nice profit. CNN HAS SHOWN ITS YELLOW BELLY. In the interview with the physicist there was clearly no speak of a god particle, yet they use the term on the heading of the very same interview. At least BBC uses the correct term.

      July 3, 2012 at 2:40 pm |
  6. goliah

    Why settle for only a particle?

    Proof of God, in the theological sense, is of course a misnomer, a philosophical contrivance to avoid accepting our ignorance of such a reality. As a humanity, we have all been conditioned or indoctrinated, for all of history by 'theological' exegesis, particularly by those with their own religious claims and agendas, to accept that a literal proof of God is not possible for faith. And thus all discussion of morality and apologists 'theodicy' is contained within this self limiting intellectual paradigm and bubble of presumption, especially evident in the frictions between science and religion. It would now appear that all sides squabbling over the God question, religious, atheist and history itself have it wrong! That bubble could now burst at any time!

    The first wholly new interpretation for two thousand years of the moral teachings of Christ is published on the web. Radically different from anything else we know of from history, this new teaching is predicated upon a precise and predefined experience, a direct individual intervention into the natural world by omnipotent power to confirm divine will, command and covenant, "correcting human nature by a change in natural law, altering biology, consciousness and human ethical perception beyond all natural evolutionary boundaries." So like it or no, a new religious claim testable by faith, meeting all Enlightenment criteria of evidence based causation now exists. Nothing short of a religious revolution is getting under way. More info at http://www.energon.org.uk

    December 16, 2011 at 1:56 pm |
  7. Doug

    Why is this listed under the "religion" category? The Higgs Boston actually has nothing to do with God or religion. Physicists just gave it that name because it fits into the standard model of particle physics in a way that explains why particles have mass. It's just an example of in-field humor that gets too much press when taken out of context. I'm a particle physicist, and I've personally never liked this nickname for the Higgs.

    December 15, 2011 at 10:26 pm |
  8. 5179

    "GOD" doesn't really have to refer to a "strict" religion. There is still no explanations to how humans were created on earth even if it were from evolution, to the point where we try to understand how LIFE was created and maybe this "god particle" can be the answer to how we really did get here. Maybe not mentally, but Physically. So beliefs in god cant be limited when you're trying to figure out what and how the main functions of the minds and bodies decides to function and science well blended to get the answers. And in my opinion, The world has its time of getting the knowledge it needs to know these answers. Its just the research, education, and views one has, no matter what part of the country the knowledge may be coming from. Have an open view about it.

    December 14, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
    • Primewonk

      The "god" particle has nothing to do with any god or gods. Likewise, the "god" particle has absolutely nothing to do with either evolution or abiogenesis. The "god" particle is the Higgs Bosun. This is the particle that provides mass.

      The theory of evolution, including the evolution of humans, is the single most confirmed theory in all science. The folks who study gravity wish they had 1/10 th the amount of evidence for their theory as the folks who study evolution.

      We have several good hypotheses for abiogenesis. One of the leaders is the RNA World hypothesis. In fact, one group has already created self replicating RNA strands that undergo evolution.

      We have the science worked out for the Big Bang going back to a couple femtoseconds after the expansion started.

      In each of these – cosmology, abiogenesis, and evolution, we have really good science. In none of these is any type of god needed. In fact adding a god or gods to the mix only adds a layer of complexity that is not needed or warrented.

      December 15, 2011 at 8:40 am |
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