The Elusive Higgs Boson

Ahh, the infamous “God Particle.” Come on think about it for a second; you remember your physics teacher saying something about it between naps…

Just in case you forgot and this brief non-physicist explanation is not enough, Click Here.

The “God Particle” is an unproven hypothesis (until now maybe), which physicists hope will elucidate why certain particles have mass and even less weighty questions like: how did we come to be?

Researchers of Geneva (and Illinois)  have been diligently working with the Big Bang Machine, the multi-billion dollar 17 mile long Large Hadron Collider, that excellerates protons to nearly the speed of light in order to smash them together to reveal exotic particles. Their work has recently brought a glimpse of what may be the “God Particle,” evidence of such is still pending.

If this last remaining particle predicted by the standard model of physics is “proven,” some believe it may reveal something about “how God thought about putting the universe together.”

As exciting as the possibility of this new discovery may be to some, I think we would be remiss not to take  a moment to reflect upon the discoveries of the 20th century. After all, we know and have seen that every new technology, discovery, or scientific advancement comes with its own bundle of ethical problems. This can be seen in IVF just as clearly as the unveiling of subatomic particles.

So, what are some ethical concerns this new discovery could bring?

What great hope could it promise for our future? or, What great sorrow could it bring us?

 

Don’t get me wrong; I am not cynical about science, medicine, or technology. I, not unlike you, am just aware of the apparent problems that these discoveries or inventions bring.

You might be thinking: so what would you have then, luddite, no scientific improvement?

Probably not.

But, would I suggest that we consider each step a little more cautiously?

Absolutely! Every discovery has consequences: good and bad.

 

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