Yesterday (originally posted last week by Spike), a momentous announcement was made by scientists working at the LHC (Large Hadron Collider) in Europe.
The Higgs boson has been discovered. (Or at least, there’s a new particle consistent with the characteristics expected of the Higgs.)
Media reports are breathlessly calling it “the God particle.” Other reports claim that this discovery confirms the Big Bang model.
Neither statement is true.
What is the Higgs boson? It is one of the fundamental particles in physics. These are believed to be the building blocks of everything else.
Specifically, the Higgs boson is the particle associated with the Higgs field – the current model explaining how matter has mass.
The Higgs boson is an important part of the so-called Standard Model of particle physics. Without it, the whole model falls apart.
Now that the Higgs boson is supported by data, particle physicists are breathing deep sighs of relief.
Nevertheless, the “God particle” name is inappropriate. The Higgs boson is just one particle among many in the model. (The “God particle” phrase comes from the title of a 1993 physics book.) Most of this particle’s fame comes from the extreme difficulty of confirming (or denying) its existence.
So much for the God particle. What about the claim that this boson confirms the Big Bang?
The current Big Bang model assumes that the Standard Model for particles is true. Thus, the Big Bang model requires the Higgs boson to exist.
Without the Higgs, the Big Bang model would be in deep trouble.
But the opposite is not true. Even if the Higgs boson exists, this doesn’t require that a Big Bang happened.
The Standard Model of particle physics is the most popular model (at the moment) for how the Universe works at a fundamental level.
However, it doesn’t tell us anything about where the Universe itself came from.
Nevertheless, there are many media reports trying to convince you otherwise. Since the evolutionary worldview is based on the Big Bang, evolutionists will interpret the LHC announcement as support for it.
But the Higgs only supports the Big Bang model if you already assume that the Big Bang model is true.
Somehow I doubt that news reporters will include that last point in their stories.
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