The So-called “God” Particle

If a journalist had never nicknamed this discovery the “God” Particle and we had simply heard the news that the “Higgs boson” particle had been found, would it have made as many headlines? Would it have become a trending topic on Twitter and the focus of so many in the blogosphere (this one included)?

News reports have called this one of the most important scientific discoveries of this century which seems mind-blowing to laymen such as myself. After all, how can something so small that we haven’t even been able to perceive it with our most powerful equipment change our very perception of the universe?

This subatomic particle has long been postulated as a missing ingredient to prove the existence of the Higgs boson field which converts energy into mass, connecting elementary particles and ultimately explains how the “Big Bang” produced planets and stars instead of a universal caldron of light-speed moving particles.

The Higgs boson field, also referred to as the zero point field is an invisible energy field filling the vacuum of space which is theorized to have given mass to elementary particles such as electrons and quarks, acting as the glue to form atoms, the building blocks of mass in the universe. This “god” particle was theorized in the 60’s by a group of scientists, lead by Higgs, as part of the Standard Model for the physics of the universe. Finding proof of its existence takes them closer to understanding this complex model but this does not give them all the answers.

In the past decade, many thought leaders have postulated how the properties of quantum mechanics inter-relate with theories on quantum consciousness and the spiritual implications of entanglement and nonlocality and the Heisenberg uncertainty principle.  For those who have been following these ideas, you might wonder how this discovery affects this.

Generally speaking, I would say that it changes nothing.  After all, these properties still apply to the divine universe that was formed, partly as a result of our new particle ‘glue’, and further understanding this is a wondrous move forward.  It’s a unique quality of the human spirit, to seek this knowledge, to try and understand where we come from and where we are going…



With a professional background and education in enterprise software but a lifelong love of the arts, I published my second novel, "Vision Speak", in 2010. Over the past several years, I've explored photography, film production and screenwriting. Along the way, I've questioned my obsessive pursuits - am I crazy? Perhaps this quotation from Thomas Merton serves as explanation. "Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” I'm still searching... 


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