Post Number:#16 July 11th, 2012, 1:03 am
Scott wrote:I believe the interest in the Higgs Boson has more to do with answering curiosities than the hope of some technologically-enabled commodity using the Higgs Boson, ignoring the possibility information itself can be seen as a commodity.
As for the claim that we have better things we could be spending money on, I agree. Of course, the expensive particle collider and the search for evidence of the existence of the Higgs Boson are only an example of the many ways in which interesting science is heavily funded. Just look at the NASA budget. I would rather see much of this funding and effort go to things like saving the 18,000 children who die from world hunger every single day. On the other hand, there is an argument that these discoveries do help in the provision of valuable public services in the long run, such as in preparing to save us from an asteroid collision or to deal with some hypothetical if unlikely alien invasion or just by being the eventual catalyst to technological advancements that indirectly lead to improvements in more important stuff like feeding hungry children or treating sick people.
I agree with you, Steve. I might add that we cannot know what new technology might result from this work. It's only in hindsight that we can see the connections between a given experiment and a subsequent application of the knowledge that results.
-- Updated July 11th, 2012, 1:19 am to add the following --
Stormy wrote:This observation tells me that expansion from within infinity happened first, in order for the Higgs to gather all that was not yet real, together into existence making it a reality. That such expansion was caused by dark energy acting like the brakes on parts of infinity.. resulting in space and therefore time as we know it, by slowing down from such infinity...
This is a FASCINATING physical and metaphysical idea. I think you are definitely onto something. The Higgs field may be the "prime mover" as it were. It may be the origin of causation. In order for something to be real, it must be finite. If any part of a complete description of something is infinite, it cannot be said to be real. If the description of a thing includes an infinite speed, then it cannot be described by physics. The idea that the Higgs made it possible for things to exist is a very interesting one.
Thank you for sharing this idea! It is my hope that I can write something more considered about this soon.