The real God particle?

By Blogger Bruce Meyer

Bruce Meyer

Perhaps you’ve heard the recent announcement by a group of physicists that they have seen hints of a subatomic particle called the Higgs boson.  You may have even heard it called the ‘God particle’ because it’s so important.  So what’s the big deal?

Throughout the past century, a model of the basic building blocks of matter has been assembled.  It’s called the Standard Model of Particle Physics.  The model describes subatomic particles such as electrons and quarks and the forces that hold these elements together.  A discovery of the Higgs would provide a crucial element towards the completion of that model.

Big deal?  Well, there’s something much deeper in the works.  The energy level at which the Higgs may have been discovered points to a more fundamental level of physics, an even bigger (smaller) picture.  Theoreticians have been developing a theory of physics call supersymmetry.  For starters, supersymmetry adds an additional layer of particles to the Standard Model.  More than that, supersymmetry provides evidence for a new branch of physics called string theory.  String theory states that electrons and quarks are not the basic building blocks of nature.  Instead, everything is composed of tiny vibrating strings.

OK, let’s assume that the string theorists are right.  In days to come, perhaps researchers will find evidence of those strings and be able to demonstrate string theory just like they found the Higgs boson and developed the Standard Model.  Now another group comes along and says that strings aren’t actually the fundamental building blocks, they are really Legons (from Legos).  Obviously I’m making this up here.  But where does it stop?  Some future physicist will say that in fact Legons aren’t the basic elements at all.  It’s something much smaller, like maybe futurons or infinitons which can only be seen with a Higgs bosonic string-cooled yoctoscope that costs 15 quadrillions.  It will cost so much that Earth will need a bailout from Alpha Centauri!

I think you get the picture.  There can be no end to scientific discovery.  Once we think we’ve discovered the final fundamental particle, we still have to answer what’s it composed of and how did it get there?  These questions will never be ultimately answered by experimental science.

There is another discipline that has been passed down to us from ancient times.  Plato and Aristotle of classical Greece came up with an idea called the first cause or the prime mover.  It was picked up in later generations by Augustine and then Thomas Aquinas of the Christian tradition, and also Al-Kindi and Al-Ghazali of the Islamic tradition, among many others.  It is an argument that has been accepted by almost all religions.

The argument states that everything in the universe has a cause, going back until there is a first cause.  That prime mover sets everything else into motion.  The first cause is like a point, a line, or a plane is to mathematics.  It just is.  In better words, the ultimate answer that has been passed down to us through thousands of years of humanity has been God.  That’s the First Cause.  He’s the Prime Mover.  That’s the real ‘God Particle.’

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2 responses to “The real God particle?

  1. Hanane Neff-Loutf

    Hello Bruce,

    Very good subject, thank you:)

    “The argument states that everything in the universe has a cause, going back until there is a first cause”

    The most important thing in this statement is “in the universe”… Of course everything has a cause, a start, a stage… look at how we came to being, we are born after many stages of a process called pregnancy and many elements contributed to the final result which is a baby. But we don’t give credit to those stages or those elements or even nature like most people would be these days, we give credit to God who allowed these stages and elements to happen and take place in such a precise way.

    Now before we can look at the cause of something one has to prove that this thing has a beginning. Science tells us that our universe has a beginning because it is finite (the word infinite does have a place in a real world), the Big Bang is now the best explanation for that beginning. As a result of these findings we have three responses:

    1- The universe came from nothing : False (From nothing, nothing comes, just basic common sense)

    2- The universe created itself: False (Contradictory in a sense where you have to admit that the universe existed before creating itself!!!???)

    3- The universe has a cause: Logical, and makes sense.

    Now how is that cause? for sure the cause of the universe does not have a beginning nor an end because time and space only came to being at the existence of the universe, God has no end or beginning.

    Of course we will always be left with the question: who created God? The answer to this question is simple, if we keep looking for who created the creator we will fall in the “infinity of the causes” and that is false. But before we answer the question we have to prove, as I said previously, that God has a beginning…. And that is already impossible again because time only started at the beginning of the universe.

    Hanane.

  2. Reading your post makes me thin k that you are “Stringing” us along.

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