The more global left the press, the more hysterical and cut and dried they report it. Notice the more moderate language at the Telegraph:
# Scientists say they believe they have found they much sought-after Higgs boson particle
# Higgs boson ‘discovery’ a hugely important day for British physics
# Higgs Boson rumours strengthened by new data
Now watch the “rationalist” bloggers jump on this, calling it a “god particle” and claiming it disproves God. Some comments on the sane side of the ledger:
# If the same level of scrutiny had been devoted to killing the myth of AGW we would have saved the cost of the LHC a dozen times over.
# We can travel faster than the speed of light … oh no sorry, a screw was loose.
# I’ve just seen the greatest mutual masturbation session in recorded history.
# In real world terms that translates into they think they might possibly have detected something that matches their hypothesis of how they surmise the particle may behave. Which is a good bit different to “we have it”!
On this last one, one hysterical reporter was writing that it “matched” the Big Bang theory. I wanted to stop her and ask if she’d just used the word “theory”? Big Bang is a surmise, unmeasurable, the Standard Model is as well. Hell, I too could begin with an a priori and then construct a 40 year case around it and it wouldn’t cost billions.
And so what anyway? If mass exists, it has to exist somehow. What’s so momentous about it? Gravity exists too. So what?
The greatest problem with this is the political mileage CERN will make out of it, lapped up by those who’ve been just dying to disprove God “scientifically” for decades.
Finally, we could do worse than look at this sobering post by an actual scientist on the way the Scientific Establishment operates today and has done for some time, never forgetting the vast amounts of lucre that need to be justified for this R&D. Nothing against R&D in principle – just the way it’s gone in the hands of Them.