Is the Higgs Boson (the So-Called ‘God Particle’) the Creator and Destroyer of Worlds?

The CERN Hadron Collider may soon find out, and Jared Burton directed me to an interesting article about it. (And David Bowie may have gotten there first.)

But in any case, according to the New York Times yesterday, two prominent physicists have a time travel theory as to why the CERN Hadron Collider is having a bit of a jinxed start: nature abhors not just vacuums, but Higgs bosons, and nature is thus mysteriously reaching back in time to prevent their creation by the new particle collider: 

A pair of otherwise distinguished physicists [Holger Bech Nielsen, of the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen, and Masao Ninomiya of the Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics in Kyoto, Japan] have suggested that the hypothesized Higgs boson, which physicists hope to produce with the collider, might be so abhorrent to nature that its creation would ripple backward through time and stop the collider before it could make one, like a time traveler who goes back in time to kill his grandfather.

And what is a Higgs boson? According to the article, “the Higgs is responsible for imbuing other elementary particles with mass.” In other words, the Higgs is the father (or grandfather) of mass. And so the metaphor (as used in the New York Times article) doesn’t quite work, does it? It’s the grandpa of mass (the Higgs boson) stepping back in time to stop its massive children from returning the favor of creation by evoking the Higgs boson. Grandpa Higgs, it seems, wants to stay in the paternal position:

“It must be our prediction that all Higgs producing machines shall have bad luck,” Dr. Nielsen said in an e-mail message. In an unpublished essay, Dr. Nielson said of the theory, “Well, one could even almost say that we have a model for God.” It is their guess, he went on, “that He rather hates Higgs particles, and attempts to avoid them.”

God? God is preventing something from happening that would be bad for his creation? Hmm. Makes you wonder where he was during the Holocaust. In any case, the article goes on to say that:

While it is a paradox to go back in time and kill your grandfather, physicists agree there is no paradox if you go back in time and save him from being hit by a bus. In the case of the Higgs and the collider, it is as if something is going back in time to keep the universe from being hit by a bus. Although just why the Higgs would be a catastrophe is not clear.

And they even have a means for testing the theory:

Dr. Nielsen and Dr. Ninomiya have proposed a kind of test: that CERN engage in a game of chance, a “card-drawing” exercise using perhaps a random-number generator, in order to discern bad luck from the future. If the outcome was sufficiently unlikely, say drawing the one spade in a deck with 100 million hearts, the machine would either not run at all, or only at low energies unlikely to find the Higgs.

Here’s how the proposed experiment was characterized by a physics editor at New Scientist:

Even more fun is Nielsen and Ninomiya’s suggestion of how their theory might be tested: with a card game. First, take a million or so cards, each scribbled with a future fate for the LHC. Make them overwhelmingly read “carry on”, but add just one or two saying “shut the thing down”. If you pull one of the “shut down” ones at random, you have pretty good proof that the Higgs is trying to tell you something from the future. I don’t know what happens if you disobey the warning: perhaps that’s where the thing with the black holes that eat the world come in.

Why not just use a Ouija board?

And I just had another thought about this. Are the physicists implying that we (if the quantum wave function does not collapse) are living in a universe in which Higgs particles are not produced (and so destroy our Earth)? In other words, are our consciousnesses following only those universes where there is still, well, ongoing human existence?


Thanks Jared, for the interesting link! I’m not sure I understand it (in fact, I’m absolutely certain that I don’t!), but it is, without a doubt, worth trying to understand.

Here’s some more help:

And here’s still more help:

Oops! The second YouTube doesn’t embed. Watch it here:

About Santi Tafarella

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2 Responses to Is the Higgs Boson (the So-Called ‘God Particle’) the Creator and Destroyer of Worlds?

  1. According to His Holiness Huzur Maharaj, the Second Most Revered Spiritual Head of Radhasoami Faith had stated : “Love or Force of attraction (i.e. the Force of Cohesion) is the Param Tattva or the chief ingredient of the creation, i.e. the entire creation has come into existence out of Love and is sustained by Love.” In scientific terminology this is known as Gravity.

  2. Based on my recent comments posted in various blogs , I have postulated a hypothesis. propose. Theoretcal Physics describes four fundamental forces of nature viz., weak nuclear force, strong nuclear force, electromagnetic force and force of gravity. Here we can present an analogy. Weak and strong nuclear forces represent pancha-bhutas or the five elements. Electromagnetic force represents force of current of mind which mainly works through sensory organs and force of gravity represents supra-causal state of Consciousness. We know that during advanced stage of practice of meditation and yoga pancha-bhutas or five elements merge into mind and mind into supra-causal state of Consciousness and ultimately Individual Consciousness merges into Cosmic Consciousness. This is the state of Perfect Bliss or Self-Realization. Likewise during the reverse process of Cosmic Evolution i.e. Perfect Dissolution of the Universe, weak and strong nuclear forces merge into electromagnetic force and electromangnetic force merges into force of gravity.

    In the beginning, the enetire Creation came into existence from this Single Force Current which later on manifested into many force currents during the process of Cosmic Evolution.

    Gravitation Force is the Ultimate Creator, this paper I presented at the 1st Int. Conf. on Revival of Traditional Yoga, held at The Lonavla Yoga Institute (India), Lonavla, Pune in 2006. The Abstract of this paper is given below:

    The Universe includes everything that exists. In the Universe there are billions and billions of stars. These stars are distributed in the space in huge clusters. They are held together by gravitation and are known as galaxies. Sun is also a star. Various members of the solar system are bound to it by gravitation force. Gravitation force is the ultimate cause of birth and death of galaxy, star and planets etc. Gravitation can be considered as the cause of various forms of animate and inanimate existence. Human form is superior to all other forms. Withdrawal of gravitational wave from some plane of action is called the death of that form. It can be assumed that gravitation force is ultimate creator. Source of it is ‘God’. Gravitational Field is the supreme soul (consciousness) and its innumerable points of action may be called as individual soul (consciousness). It acts through body and mind. Body is physical entity. Mind can be defined as the function of autonomic nervous system. Electromagnetic waves are its agents through which it works. This can be realized through the practice of meditation and yoga under qualified meditation instruction. This can remove misunderstanding between science and religion and amongst various religions. This is the gist of all religious teachings – past, present and future.

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