It’s not a “god particle”. It’s simply a building block of all matter. The Higgs Boson. Why does the media feel the need to dumb their coverage down for the masses by equating everything to a religious metaphor?
You know that all the ignoramuses out there are going to read this and think “See? The purpose of science is to prove the existence of god. That’s what science is all about.”
It’s no wonder this country falls so short on math and science scores, why school boards insist on de-emphasizing evolution, while trying to sneak prayer in the back door, and why this country will one day be a second class country. Because we have to see everything through religion colored glasses, rather than pulling the fuckin’ shades off and looking reality straight in the face. And the media doesn’t help.
It’s why a commenter over at the Friendly Atheist insisted that “god is a beautiful metaphor”. Well, fuck me. A metaphor for what? Reality? A metaphor is a rhetorical device used to help understand something that is otherwise difficult to understand. Sure, reality is sometimes hard to fathom, but why stick to metaphors when it’s possible to understand it, full frontal? If god is a metaphor, for something that can’t be readily understood, then in effect God doesn’t exist, because neither do rhetorical devices that stand in for the real thing.
Some people just can’t handle the cold brute facts of life. They have to filter everything through a metaphorical, religion tinged cheesecloth, so that it doesn’t seem as harsh as they fear it might be. So it’s not a Higgs Boson, the “key missing ingredient in physicists’ understanding of what makes the universe tick”, it’s the “god particle”.
Give me a break.
By the way, this is potentially a very exciting discovery, if it actually pans out. All signs point to premature excitement at the moment, but one of the primary reasons for the existence of CERN is the elusive Higgs Boson, which has been predicted mathematically many years ago, but never confirmed experimentally. I wish I could say I understood what it was they were looking for, but alas, I know enough to appreciate my ignorance. However, I do know that it has nothing to do with god.
Unless god is just a metaphor.