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    Re: Higgs boson has most likely been found

    With this God Particle I take it we won't have lightsabers anytime soon..


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    Re: Higgs boson has most likely been found

    The popular nickname for the elusive particle was created for the title of a book by Nobel Prize winning physicist Leon Lederman -- reportedly against his will, as Lederman has said he wanted to call it the "Goddamn Particle" because "nobody could find the thing."

    "'God particle' is a nickname I don't really like," says Archer. "It's nothing to do with religion -- the only (theoretical) similarity is you're seeing something that's a field that's everywhere, in all spaces."


    That's interesting!
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    Re: Higgs boson has most likely been found

    Quote Originally Posted by grip View Post
    Unfortunately, I think besides curiosity the governments are always looking for ways to gain more control or power. Slamming particles together at the speed of light and creating the conditions that existed at the beginning of the universe somehow doesn't sound safe. They didn't know for sure in 1942 if the first atomic reactor or experiment was going to be a runaway chain reaction or explosion, in the middle of Chicago. I'm always afraid in the name of progress and not really knowing what they're fooling with that they're going to pull the string that holds the universe together and unravel the whole thing. But imagine if this leads to the ability to control matter and we could form another inhabitable planet. Who knows where the wild goose goes?
    It's safe. There simply isn't enough material to cause major damage to anything. The gas line going into your house is vastly more dangerous than a particle accelerator.
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    Re: Higgs boson has most likely been found

    I think you over-estimate our capability. We're so insignificant in the grand scheme of things it's difficult to even fathom.


    Quote Originally Posted by grip View Post
    Unfortunately, I think besides curiosity the governments are always looking for ways to gain more control or power. Slamming particles together at the speed of light and creating the conditions that existed at the beginning of the universe somehow doesn't sound safe. They didn't know for sure in 1942 if the first atomic reactor or experiment was going to be a runaway chain reaction or explosion, in the middle of Chicago. I'm always afraid in the name of progress and not really knowing what they're fooling with that they're going to pull the string that holds the universe together and unravel the whole thing. But imagine if this leads to the ability to control matter and we could form another inhabitable planet. Who knows where the wild goose goes?

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    Re: Higgs boson has most likely been found

    Quote Originally Posted by Wake View Post
    I'm no scientist.

    In simpler terms, what does this mean for humanity?
    It's more knowledge. This is what humans do, we archive knowledge and use it to expand our technology. In general, if the Higgs is demonstrated real, it gives us better insight to the actual dynamics behind gravity. Gravity is relatively unknown and we don't even have a quantum explanation for it. This would nail down some of the dynamics behind mass and gravity and lead to an expanded understanding of one of the fundamental forces in nature.
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