The God Particle
A Nobel Prize in physics was recently awarded for the discovery of the Higgs boson, better known as The God Particle. The search for the Higgs boson had been ongoing for some forty years at a cost of billions of dollars. However, having found the Higgs boson, physicists still apparently don’t know exactly what to make of it.
To better understand the pursuit of The God Particle, it’s important to understand that the science of physics deals with things that are part of the physical universe, specifically things we can observe and measure. Werner Heisenberg, theoretical physicist and creator of the Uncertainty Principle, said this about the pursuit of all things physical, “The atoms or elementary particles themselves are not real; they form a world of potentialities or possibilities rather than one of things or facts.” So I pose this question: What is the value in only pursuing an understanding of the “unreal” physical world? The physical world is simply the effect while the cause emanates from the quantum world, a deeper order of existence that is beyond both space and time.
Science has endeavored in vain for nearly the last one hundred years to try and explain that which has no explanation (in the physical world). You see, Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity and Quantum Mechanics, two of the most important theories in science, don’t agree with one another. The biggest reason for this dilemma is that science only observes and measures the physical universe. It treats Creation as a closed system. By that, I mean that our physical universe is deemed to be the entirety of everything that was ever created. Strangely enough, scientists say that the so-called “dark matter” which comprises most of the physical universe is missing. However, “dark matter” can be said to exist only on the blackboards of theoretical physicists because their formulas recognize that the formulas themselves don’t work. So they invented “dark matter” to fill in the hole – and what a big hole it is (big enough to lose almost the entire universe in).
We observe the universe from within. By that, I mean that we are physically located within the universe and, therefore, our only vantage point is outward towards the observable universe. But what if we could observe the universe from the outside looking in? What if we could see the energy flows that come from beyond the universe, from the rest of Creation, and that we could see that those energy flows stream directly into our universe. Then, one might come to the conclusion that those energy flows are responsible for life in the universe, and that they are responsible for the movement of galaxies and solar systems (rather than the relatively weak force of gravity).
Even if you couldn’t observe the universe from the outside, simply having this understanding of how energy moves throughout Creation would radically change scientific research. There would be no more need to look for the latest flavor of a Higgs boson and no more need to search for the Theory of Everything. By the way, Stephen Hawking has already given up on finding a Theory of Everything (see his book The Grand Design). As for “dark matter”, we would understand that it exists outside of our universe. That’s why it’s “missing” as you can’t observe what lies beyond space and time.
So now we’ve found The God Particle. Big deal! It certainly doesn’t prove the existence of God, as if any particle ever could. Isn’t it time to admit that we’ve been looking for the origins of the universe in all the wrong places? In reality, we could learn more by looking at a snowflake or a butterfly than by looking for a God Particle. After all, you can learn something about the painter simply by looking at his painting (Nature).
“Look deep into Nature, and then you will understand everything better.”