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archaeopteryx commented on bazie's blog post 'The God particle, and what little it has to do with God'
"Karen - I just checked out your link, and, "So the Higgs particle is the smallest possible Higgs wave, and a Higgs wave is a ripple in the Higgs field" just makes SO much sense. Let me make this clear - I think Kaku is great, he's…"
Jul 7, 2012
Karen Lollis commented on bazie's blog post 'The God particle, and what little it has to do with God'
"Well, it's not often I would dare to say such a thing. But I believe Michio Kaku misspoke slightly. Maybe this will help: http://profmattstrassler.com/articles-and-posts/the-higgs-particle/360-2/"
Jul 7, 2012
Unseen commented on bazie's blog post 'The God particle, and what little it has to do with God'
"We seem to have run into a wall in terms of what we can know. I don't hear any scientists saying "Now that we have confirmed the existence of the Higgs boson, the next thing is to understand how it does that.""
Jul 7, 2012
Unseen commented on bazie's blog post 'The God particle, and what little it has to do with God'
"@Karen Lollis The role of the Higgs boson is that it provides evidence for the Higgs field. As I understand it, the boson (particle) doesn't last long enough to really do anything - the particle is an effect of monkeying with the Higgs field.…"
Jul 7, 2012
James Cox commented on bazie's blog post 'The God particle, and what little it has to do with God'
"It does seem to me that the field should act as a 'mass' in cosmology, but should be uniform or slitly more concentrated around objects with mass. Has there been any spectrum work related to the particle I wonder? It could be another way…"
Jul 7, 2012
Karen Lollis commented on bazie's blog post 'The God particle, and what little it has to do with God'
"The role of the Higgs boson is that it provides evidence for the Higgs field. As I understand it, the boson (particle) doesn't last long enough to really do anything - the particle is an effect of monkeying with the Higgs field. We can't…"
Jul 7, 2012
Unseen commented on bazie's blog post 'The God particle, and what little it has to do with God'
"Okay, what role does the Higgs (lower case) boson do, then?"
Jul 6, 2012
Karen Lollis commented on bazie's blog post 'The God particle, and what little it has to do with God'
"It's the Higgs field that is responsible for mass, not the boson (lower case 'b').  "
Jul 6, 2012
bazie commented on bazie's blog post 'The God particle, and what little it has to do with God'
"The Higgs field is nontrivial everywhere, but very low fingerprints. So low that we can't detect it by any method imaginable. This is what explains mass. The higgs boson is an excitation state of that field that we CAN detect. "
Jul 6, 2012
Unseen commented on bazie's blog post 'The God particle, and what little it has to do with God'
"If the Higgs Boson's presence is only at very high energies, which implies that such situations are rare, how can it also be responsible for mass, which is everywhere where matter is? Much of that matter is very, very cold."
Jul 6, 2012
James Cox commented on bazie's blog post 'The God particle, and what little it has to do with God'
"Since being agreed with is not the same as 'truth', which seems like a rather sad state of affairs, how does the 'Higgs Boson express itself in matter?' Another way of thinking about it could be that, the 'Higgs Boson is…"
Jul 6, 2012
Unseen commented on bazie's blog post 'The God particle, and what little it has to do with God'
"@James Cox I'm with you. I need further explanation. With mass everywhere in the universe, and lots of it, how can the Higgs Boson be anything but extremely common?"
Jul 6, 2012
James Cox commented on bazie's blog post 'The God particle, and what little it has to do with God'
"So particle called the 'Higgs Boson', only exists at very high energies, sort of crystalizing out of the 'Higgs field'? Once the particle forms then its energy is quickly shed and the particle decays…"
Jul 6, 2012
bazie commented on bazie's blog post 'The God particle, and what little it has to do with God'
"James, while the field persists everywhere, the excitation state of the field which makes the boson only occurs at energies that have last occured in the first millionth of a millionth of a second after the big bang. We shouldn't expect it to…"
Jul 5, 2012
archaeopteryx commented on bazie's blog post 'The God particle, and what little it has to do with God'
"I don't know James - an answer most theists find impossible to admit - but I read an article just yesterday that said a band of dark matter has been discovered connecting two galaxies. What that means, no one knows, but that's the beauty…"
Jul 5, 2012
James Cox commented on bazie's blog post 'The God particle, and what little it has to do with God'
"Sadly, it does answer the question, 'where did the Higgs field come from?' I still wonder about details. If the Higgs particle gives mass to matter, then it seems that it should be easier to find? Does the Higgs field…"
Jul 5, 2012

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The God particle, and what little it has to do with God

Posted on July 4, 2012 at 3:49pm 24 Comments







Oh how I wish the recently demonstrated Higgs Boson, which bestows mass on particles, had…
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Religion and Language: Quasi-Religious Terminology

Posted on July 1, 2012 at 10:12am 4 Comments

There are a host of commonly used words in the English language which I like to call quasi-religious. Words like soul, spiritual, fate, mother nature, energy, and the like. These are words which have two sets of connotations, one which is spiritual and one which is largely secular, whose different meanings often get used interchangeably. 



Take the soul. On the one hand there is a mystical connotation. It is something separate from the body, which may well survive…

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Obamacare, birth control, and religious freedoms

Posted on February 22, 2012 at 5:30pm 2 Comments

The Obama administration has recently adopted a very narrow definition of religious exclusions in the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare. The effect of this is that ostensibly religious institutions such as Catholic hospitals and universities would be required, along with everyone else, to include coverage of birth control in their health insurance plans, even if they cite religious reasons why they would not want to. This move has several interesting legal, moral, and…

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At 4:25pm on February 23, 2012, Robert Karp said…

Welcome to the Think Atheist community Bazie! Join us in the chat on the bottom right of the screen and feel free to ask questions and get involved as much or as little as you want! If you would like to, add me as a friend and I'm also on twitter as RSAnative if you care to follow. Welcome again and make yourself at home!

 
 
 

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