They've finally found it. Maybe. The long search for the proposed Higgs boson, popularly known as the "God Particle," may be over.
I found a neat little article explaining the basics of the Higgs boson which can be read online by clicking this link.
So now we are on the verge of understanding the big picture of reality, correct?
Other than telling us how important, fascinating, and game-changing this discovery is, physicists can apparently do little to let us know what it actually means.
Joe Incandela, professor of physics and head of the CMS Experiment at CERN (The European Organization for Nuclear Research), explained it this way:
This is so far out on a limb, I have no idea where it will be applied. We're talking about something we have no idea what the implications are and may not be directly applied for centuries.
And it is this "something" that has for decades carried (admittedly, however, to the consternation of many scientists) the designation "the God Particle"?
So does it get us closer to understanding God? And please bear in mind that when I speak of God I don't have in mind the old white-haired, gray-bearded guy who sits upon a throne in the heavens dropping tree limbs on people (see previous two posts) and sending earthquakes and hurricanes to get the attention of his stubborn and rebellious creatures. I have in mind something more like the Force of the old Star Wars movie franchise: "a binding, metaphysical and ubiquitous power."
No, this was never a religious matter at all in the deepest sense.
Interestingly enough, Peter Higgs, for whom the Higgs boson is named, is an atheist, yet disliked the moniker God Particle because he thought it might be offensive to those who are religious.