A Higgs Boson Walks Into a Bar…

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  1. The “how” and the “why” of it all. Two different questions. I’m with you on that. Rather than competing, science and faith provide compliment to each other – or they could – to the extent that they make room for one another. Thanks for this post, Christian.

  2. I second the thanks. I once attended the worship night of a rather, well, intense type of campus ministry group, intent to go in with an open mind and take out of it what I could and discard the rest. I did OK right up until the worship leader started telling his audience specifically NOT to pay attention to science that refutes the Bible, to completely ignore it as lies and believe instead in the literal word of Scripture…it was beyond what I was prepared to handle, and I left at intermission, seething mad.

    Unfortunately that memory has had a lasting effect on how I perceive religion and science. With the exception of Buddhism – I have a high regard for how Buddhism, and the Dalai Lama himself, view and interact with science – I’ve avoided conversations or situations where the two meet. So while I’ve kept vaguely appraised of the Higgs-Boson news, enough to gather about as much as you have gathered, I’ve also steered clear of comments sections and editorial commentary on it. Because when I think of it, I groan.

    Your article, though, did give me an alternative perspective on how such a conversation could go – with the right crowd, who by and large are not going to be the comment squad on mainstream news websites, I will likely have to actively seek out some stoners…I mean, some people who are willing to talk about it rationally and open-mindedly without injecting personal biases and venom. But I’m sure they have to exist.

  3. If the Higgs has been found, there isn’t consensus, it won’t explain how the universe was formed. Those who claim it undermines religion don’t know much more than the media headlines proclaiming it ‘the God particle.’ Supposedly, it was, as you wrote, to be called the goddamn particle. But the reason was the difficulty in finding it. Publishers refused to call it goddamn, shortened it to God, and now we have the God particle.

    I’m not a scientist, just interested in it. As I understand it, even if mass is explained, we still won’t know where the Higgs came from and its existence might lead to even more hypothetical forces and particles.

    For more with links, I’ve written about it here and here.

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