The hunt is not really for the Higgs boson, of course, it is for an understanding of the origin of mass.

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Like some people's idea of God, the Higgs field is postulated to fill the whole universe and to be essential to the way it all works. Read more:

Today I read again an article about the Higgs particle.

The last time I brought something about the Higgs particle was 2011 Sep 25 – Peter Higgs.

To me it seems to be about the difference between something having mass and something else not having mass.

And this seems to be what the prophecies describe as the spiritual that is original spiritual, on the one hand, and, on the other hand, the spiritual that was changed into matter and is now also spiritual but a special, temporary form of the spiritual: the world of matter.

On the 25th of September 2011 it read: “The field has been compared to a snowfield that clings to particles and slows them down to different extents. Light particles pass through the field swiftly as if they have skis on, while heavy particles trudge through as though walking barefoot.”

And in the article I read today it reads: “According to this theory, the Higgs field fills the whole universe as air fills a room, and the masses of all particles result from how closely they stick to this field, if at all. Some glide through it effortlessly and have no mass. Others get bogged down, and are therefore massive.”

So the more spiritual a particle – or a being – is the more swiftly it passes through the field or glides through it more effortlessly. And the more carnal it is the more it clings to it and is slowed down or gets bogged down and is therefore massive.

So I now bring some excerpts from what I read today:

 

Massive: The Hunt for the God Particle

The best known equation in the world is E = mc2 - energy equals mass multiplied by the square of the speed of light. Like all good science, this equation answers many questions and raises many more. One of those questions is: so what is mass then? And why to do some particles have it, while others do not?

When it comes to these two questions, the Higgs mechanism is currently the best potential answer we have. According to this theory, the Higgs field fills the whole universe as air fills a room, and the masses of all particles result from how closely they stick to this field, if at all. Some glide through it effortlessly and have no mass. Others get bogged down, and are therefore massive. The Higgs boson, the so-called "God Particle" of the subtitle in my edition of the book, would be a wiggle or wave in this field, like a sound wave in air, that betrays its existence. Or not, if the theory is wrong.

… the story of how the theory, first proposed in 1964, moved from being a curiosity of dubious relevance to the centre stage of fundamental physics today.

… over the subsequent years experimental evidence and theoretical developments gradually clicked into place around the theory, steadily raising the profile and importance of the hunt for the Higgs boson, and culminating in the enormous project to build and run the LHC.

The hunt is not really for the Higgs boson, of course, it is for an understanding of the origin of mass, or more technically "electroweak symmetry breaking". Mass is what breaks the symmetry between the electromagnetic force and the weak nuclear force, and this happens at the energies we have reached with the LHC. The Higgs may do it, it may not. We just need to know, one way or the other.

Like some people's idea of God, the Higgs field is postulated to fill the whole universe and to be essential to the way it all works. However, there the analogy breaks down, because soon we will, finally, have compelling experimental evidence one way or the other for the existence of the Higgs boson.

 

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