13.7 billion years and three hours since the initial big bang, just a few musings as I sit here in [very religious] Jerusalem, on the second big bang experiment in Switzerland underway today. I’m already hearing voices here calling the experiment ‘megalomania’ – that we’re getting too close to God’s secrets, and why would we want to recreate creation?
Knesset Member, Avraham Ravitz of United Torah Judaism had only praise for the experiment, saying he keeps a close eye on the developments of science. “Used to be that people thought science and religion could not co-exist. But the more science advances, the more people realize that there is a higher power, or God, or whatever you choose to call it, behind things,” the ultra-Orthodox MK said.
If the scientists at European Center of Nuclear Research, or CERN, don’t find the ‘God Particle’, will that lead them to declare that the particles don’t really exist, and by extension that God doesn’t exist?
Stephen Addison asks: But by going so close to the origin of the universe it is, some believe, “staring in the face of God.” If it manages to explain the mysteries of creation, does that then mean there is no God?”
Renowned physicist Michio Kaku had this to say on Fox News today: “Reading the mind of God, that’s what this machine is for. We’re essentially recreating on a tiny scale the first chapter of Genesis.”
Will there be any religious undertones to the experiment results when they start coming out in the coming months and years? What will this do to our conception of God? What would God say about the experiment to find his particles? Why has the God particle remained so elusive? And what will he do to protect his secrets?
The search for the Higgs boson, or God particle, is an effort to explain the origin of particle mass, particles that could make up dark matter and the existence of extra dimensions of space. The elusive Higgs Boson is a theoretical particle, also known as a “God particle”, and is named after Scottish physicist Peter Higgs, who first postulated in 1964 that it must exist.
This from the Canberra Times:
“If scientists verify the existence of the Higgs boson, it would be a big step in the search for a Grand Unified Theory, which aims to bring together three of the four known fundamental forces: electromagnetism, the strong nuclear force and the weak nuclear force, leaving out only gravity. One of the key reasons for building the machine is to find out if [the God Particle] exists. ‘The existence of such a particle would give us a whole new view on the structure of the universe.”
I wonder what religious people are making of this experiment?
This from India:People turn to Gods ahead of Big Bang test.
“Bhubaneswar: Fearing that the scientific experiment to study the formation of the universe might have a negative impact on the earth, people in Orissa are flocking to places of religious worship to seek divine help.”
This from Wired:
And the payoff for whoever discovers the Higgs boson? Nothing less than a Nobel Prize. “Its discovery would be one of the crowning achievements of modern science, and validate decades of intense research,” says John Conway, a professor at Rutgers University.
“What would shake the foundation of physics much more than finding the Higgs would be a definitive ‘ruling it out.’ That would upset all of our conceptions about how the universe works.”
The experiment will recreate conditions in the Universe moments after the Big Bang. The BBC reports that “it has not been plain sailing; the project has been hit by cost overruns, equipment trouble and construction problems. The switch-on itself is two years late.”
Compare that with the initial big bang, in which God apparently created the world in six days, and even had time to spare to rest on the seventh. Or did He also experience equipment trouble and construction problems [earthquakes, tsunamis, floods?]
Scientists conducting the experiment Wednesday in Geneva have ruled out any trouble but the credulous have said the experiment might bring the end of the universe.
Has a black hole already been created and have we already been sucked through without really feeling a thing? Sometimes it sure feels like it.
According to one report, bookmakers bet on the end of the world.
“The bookies, meanwhile, are not letting a fear of the end of days interfere with business.Bookmakers Ladbrokes are offering odds on whether the world will end or not – for odds of 2-1 you can bet the world will end – one punter from Portsmouth is said to have placed a bet worth thousands.
Bookies William Hill are offering punters a once in a lifetime opportunity to set their own odds for what many believe will be Doomsday Wednesday. They have already given one punter odds of 666,666,666/1 that there will be no Thursday.”