I’d love to explain this but like most of the population I have no idea what they are talking about or why they’re so freaking excited.
So, why am I freaking excited? Because it was announced to the world by people who are leading the rest of us into the future. The more knowledge we have as species, the likelihood of the superstitious dogma that stalks the Earth like a specter will be slowly, but surely eradicated. Now, that’s exciting.
Sure, sometimes scientific breakthroughs get hijacked by politicians and turned into weapons of mass destruction.
Science has turned war, or the potential of all-out war into a horror show. Just like there are evil politicians, there are scientists whose hands and minds can be turned to work for the dark side. But, unlike politicians, the majority of scientists only care about their science.
The popular media has Christened the discovery the ‘God Particle’ and as our Chris Buescher pointed out, that really pisses the scientific community off. So it should, Dr. Peter Higgs, and a handful of his peers, deserve all the credit for imagining that such a unseeable particle could even exist. Go science.
Like all good scientists they cannot say what it means. It will take many years to analyze what was found by CERN. Lots of papers and books will be written, read, understood, disagreed with and fought over. But, that’s science, these guys spend their lives, working, reading and writing within their field and are still not sure about things. Unlike some people, who read one book and think they know everything.
What it could mean is that the third Dr. Who, a famous Time Lord, was really an actor named Jon Pertwee, who did advertising for kids jigsaw puzzles in his spare time. Please don’t let this be true. Science can be so cruel.
Story edited from an earlier version written by former contributor Jimmy James.