Skip to comments.Prof Peter Higgs: Boson is not ‘God’ particle (offended by name because he’s atheist)
Posted on 04/09/2013 1:30:00 AM PDT by Olog-hai
Scots scientist Professor Peter Higgs has urged the public to stop calling the Higgs boson the God particlebecause he is an atheist.
The scientist came up with the theory of a sub-atomic particle, since dubbed the Higgs boson, which would explain the mystery of how things have mass.
But he wants people to stop referring to it as the God particle because he does not believe the particle holding the physical fabric of the universe together is the work of an almighty creator.
(Excerpt) Read more at scotsman.com ...
Most atheists I have interacted with are people who are angry with God. With them, it’s not a matter of whether He exists or not. If God did exist, they would spend their time wishing Him away.
It is the sign of a closed mind, that cannot accept the new conclusion when a more encompassing theory is introduced. Strictly speaking, there is no such thing as “settled science”, that even the most well-reasoned and supported hypothesis is subject to review and critical analysis, and should be considered with doubt in mind. Meanwhile, once some theorem has been articulated, nothing at all prevents that partial analysis from being applied in engineering terms, and therefore of practical use for human understanding of the Universe.
Otherwise we would still be living in trees and grazing off the casual fruits discovered by accident while swinging from limb to limb of those trees. Curiosity is a precious commodity.
This is just a dumb squabble about a dumb media tag.
The Higgs Boson isn’t the ‘God’ particle. It didn’t create the universe. It didn’t become Flesh and dwell among us. It cannot forgive sins.
The Higgs Boson is an amazing element of Gods creation. Let’s focus on that.
These morons know nothing.
They say the universe was smaller than an atom then exploded in the big bang and became larger than a galaxy in one trillionth trillionth of a second. they have no explanation why or how this big bang occurred.
They scientists also told us global warming was real. that has been proven a hoax . there is no warming.
The roots of atheism are almost always moral not intellectual.
A lot of those calling themselves “atheist” have a negative obsession with the idea of God. They dwell on it so much, in fact, that I wonder how they can claim they don’t believe in God. They’ll blame God for all their problems on the one hand, and on the other claim he doesn’t exist. A bizarre condition in my opinion.
The “God particle” was actually coined in a book about the search for the elusive particle. It was not a reference to religion per se, just making use of a metaphor. Mr. Higgs is being way too sensitive.
However, there is an interesting analogy to be made from this term. Without the Higgs field (of which the Higgs boson is only the force carrier), there would be no matter in the universe, only energy. Energy cannot interact with itself, only matter by way of the Pauli exclusion principal. So without the “God particle”, appearing some time after the Big Bang, the universe would be a uniform sea of energy, void and without form.
Then what is it the work of?
Uh oh. Another pin-head atheist is offended.
And your scientific sampling of this is...?
It is odd that many atheists seem to have such an emotional investment in what they term as a mythical being.
Why invest so much energy in battle with people you think foolish for believing in a mythical being. Unless a person is trying to evangelize you why discuss God at all. I certainly do not spend time discussing or thinking of the existence of Zeus.
Speaking of evangelism; why the evangelistic fervor for so many atheist? Why does it bother them so much for another person to believe in God?
Shall we call it the A-hole Atheist particle instead?
OK. Than it’s the “butt head” particle.
“the particle holding the physical fabric of the universe together”
So that’s it! The one particle responsible for it all.
And when do they discover the next important particle that explains it all?
Truth transcends the empirical.
Perhaps they should name it after him, and call it the "a-hole" particle.
Ha, great minds think alike. Sorry, but I didn't scroll down far enough to see your post, before I posted mine...same idea!
A man can no more diminish God's glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word 'darkness' on the walls of his cell.
It will now be INDELIBLY ETCHED in my conversation as the God Particle
I read this in my high school AP Physics class. It's apparently been referenced as the "God particle" for a long time.
Interesting read, by the way. In-depth without being ridiculously over-technical.
No you did not pose your statement...
...The roots of atheism are almost always moral not intellectual
from any scripture...it is not posted anywhere in them. You pulled that as a 'fact' out of the air...don't try to say it is one of the lost commandments, or possibly from the gospel of some obscure disciple or some such...it is an opinion of yours no more, no less...
It is not a quote but it is contained everywhere in there. Keep reading until you understand the whole counsel of God. He may choose to open your eyes.
I believe in a creator.
the scriptures are another matter.
The scriptures tell us the evidence for a creator is plain and can be seen by all..... we see it in the creation. Do you agree with that part of scripture?
a stopped (analog) clock is right twice a day
But it’s only right for a second. So if part of the scripture says the evidence of a creator is plain for all to see.... you agree with that part I assume? That part was written 2000 years ago. That’s a lot of seconds. I would bet there are other parts of scripture that you would agree with too.
It doesn’t fit the bill. The God particle would be THE fundamental building block that all things were made of. The Higgs boson isn’t.
A TRUE “atheist” wouldn’t care.
Your example of “Zeus” is a very good one.
And even if there were a segment of the population who insisted upon worshiping Zeus and believing upon him for their salvation, I would probably share my Faith with them in love, but not be ‘offended” by their persistence in their “Zeusianity”. It is, after all, a free country...so far.
Of course, if Zeusianity became the State Religion, and if I were forbidden to practice MINE, there WOULD be a problem.
Whichs brings a question.
Would Biggs be offended if his boson were dubbed “The Zeus Particle”?
sripture says that is a moral issue also.
If it happened once, it could happen again. Maybe it'll happen again in the next 5 minutes and we can take notes this time.
Ask him if the names of the planets Mars or Jupiter or Venus “offends” him.
And that’s written by a one-time atheist too (although how you can “become” atheist at age 15 confuses me a bit). He got his head turned around by Tolkien . . .
Well guess what professor - people are going to call the thing what they call it regardless of what you may wish for.
Secondly is he mad because of his feelings about God or is he mad because in using the term his own name is omitted? Or could it be a little of both?
My advice to Prof. Higgs - Get over it.
We have Planets, Cars, Cities, Motorcycles, Diseases, comic book characters, and body parts named for Ancient Mythical Gods.
He doesn’t seem to be offended by any of THEM.
Although he MIGHT be offended by Uranus.(smirk)
I always thought the “god (small g) particle” was physicists way of saying there was no “God.”
I follow the commandments where my day to day interaction with the rest of mankind is concerned.
It is a good set of rules to live by.
Call it the gluon which holds dimension space together with dimension time ... oh wait, gluon has already been taken.
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