Possibly a deist god?

Please note, I am not saying that this does prove a god, I am simply asking a question. I am concerned about this particle being referred to as "The God Particle". 

Why is it called The God Particle? Is this an attempt to be very misleading or is there some other reason it was called this?

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@Kara H Bickford

I apologize for saying you were 'dead wrong'.  As it turns out, saying your were 'dead wrong' was 'dead wrong'.  Reg the Fronkey Farmer has given us what seems to be the most accurate answer and it reflects very much what you have said.

It'll be a few years late but we will finally have our floating skateboards!

Ok, I have no idea what was considered 'harsh' about my reply.  Kara - dead wrong.  Just watch the video and they tell you that one of the first guys to write about it called it 'that god damned particle' but his editors shortened it to 'god particle'.  There is nothing religious about the nickname - it was just the way it got edited.

She isn't exactly "dead wrong". That was the suspected original source of the term "god particle" but since then it has taken on other reasons for the name. I don't like the name "god particle" but it never had any religious connotations and Kara was not implying that it does. The Higgs would literally be responsible for everything in existence. Without going in to too much detail, the ratio of matter to antimatter at the moment of creation only makes sense with the existence of the Higgs.

And no the word creation does not imply a god or gods or anything supernatural.

No offense Heather, but when someone is seeking knowledge on a forum in an honest manner. We tend to take offense to being accused of trolling, its insulting. I'm not going to start an argument about that on Think Atheist, just pointing it out. Thats all I'm going to say on this

Réasúnach - The video, at about 2 minutes and 20 seconds in, tells you that Lederman, who wrote 'The God Particle" wanted to call it 'the god damn' particle.  Did you even watch the video?  This is why I thought your message was a troll, because you cited a video that named the guy who named the particle and told you that he didn't want to call it the 'god particle' which, I would think, would inspire you to type 'lederman god damn particle' into google.

Furthermore, if I'm being a bit terse about this it's because I've caught at least 100 skypilots on youtube trying to tie the LHC discovery to their Bronze Age superstitions and it's really pissing me off.

Yes I did.

"this discovery confirms, long held passionate BELIEFS about our universe" (2:32)

That is the very line of the video in which got me thinking that at least someone is claiming that the Higgs Boson has something to do with a deity existing. I know realize that is far from the case.

However I can understand your frustration Heather. Only today I posted a question on Yahoo Answers about evolution and every single response I received was from a Christian telling me "evolution" will not get me salvation and telling me its never been proven as factual. And that pissed me off, because these superstitious people are holding back science and I totally get that. 

Heather, don't be so harsh :)

Dustin, you have to understand that Heather is, well -- como se dice -- Heather --

There actually are people who do not understand these things.

And the Higgs is a very hard thing to understand.

Not everyone is as smart as you Heather.

Exactly, after all atheist ≠ scientist. And I am clearly no scientist lol

The term “God Particle” was coined to promote a book about the search for the Higgs Boson. It was coined by the book publishers or their ad agency rather than scientists. Most Scientists would have used the term “goddamn particle” because it was so elusive. It only exists for about a millionth of a billionth of a billionth of a second and even then is only traced by following its path of decay. Its discovery is on a par with the first heart transplant or man landing on the moon or the discovery of bacteria.


It helps complete the Standard model that physicist use to describe the nature of matter. Basically it is to physics what Evolution is to biology. The Higgs Boson is the sub atomic particle that gives mass to atoms (matter). Without it everything would just “float” around the Universe and be without mass, like photons of light. It allows atoms to gain mass and interact or bind with each other. Without it atoms would not have formed stars or planets or gases or us. Everything is made of atoms. The Higgs Boson is the spark that gives energy (energy = mass) to atoms.


The building blocks of all matter were created at the Big Bang – within the first trillionth of the first second. Then the Higgs bosons began to their work and started give “life” or energy to the massless atoms. This is what happened. They are 99.999999% certain of this. We are all made of those atoms.
Therefore it is reasonable to describe it as the God Particle. However it must be understood that the term “God” is not used in the sense of it being a specific deity but rather as a descriptive metaphor.


Of course the Theists will be telling us soon that their book knew this all along because it is their gods word and he made the particle on day one. Not many gaps left to hide in now is there? Come on out and show yourself. We can detect invisible particles that exist for about 10 to the minus 24 and yet their god remains perfectly hidden except in their minds.

Reasunach - eolaithe a dhéanamh go maith !!

 

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