Particle physics research, new particles, fifth force…

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In a “breakthrough” for the field of particle physics, Professor of Physics Larry Hunter and colleagues at Amherst College and The University of Texas at Austin have established new limits on what scientists call “long-range spin-spin interactions” between atomic particles. Their observation would constitute the discovery of a “fifth force of nature” (in addition to the four known fundamental forces) and would suggest the existence of new particles as well (beyond the ones known in the Standard Model). [1]

I don’t know about you, but I believe progress in science is finding more elegant and simple theories to explain things. A theory which produces “new” particles” or forces is certainly not in that direction…

Higgs particle & Science as the new Religion

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A Higgs boson-like particle discovery was claimed at LHC [BBC News].

In more detail:

I “predict” the existence of a particle which causes other particles to have mass, but without explaining how that particle has already mass (!!!) –> I take billions of Euro for research –> I conduct RANDOM collisions (too… scientific) between particles until I see in the detectors something which LOOKS LIKE having the same mass as the particle which I predicted (even though my theory DOES NOT predict a specific mass for that particle!!! – see BBC Higgs QA) while casually drinking coffee with my colleagues –> I conduct an announcement that I found something which LOOKS LIKE what I was searching for and continue the research –> I tag as “ignorant” whoever doubts me –> I take more billions –> I continue making random collisions until I find something else (does not matter what…) –> …

Science. Progress. Joy.

Who are we to doubt a new religion at its peak?

We really miss a mind like Nietzsche’s (yes you ignorant human! Nietzsche was against science – see Nietzsche, an irrational believer!)