[LINK] The Problem with Higgs Boson - Was Balance the enemy of facts
Roger.Clarke at xamax.com.au
Fri Oct 21 14:14:21 AEDT 2011
At 12:57 +1000 21/10/11, Tom Koltai wrote:
> ... when the
>validity of various belief systems several millennia old are about to be
Comfortable as I am with the analysis that precedes that clause, Tom,
I just have to register by disapproval of that last bit.
The fundamental belief system of practitioners of big science is that
they deserve lots of money, forever (or until the other big bang,
whichever comes first).
The means whereby they achieve this is too subtle for the general
public to grasp, and hence politicians haven't got an earthly of
catching up. My physics petered out in Nov 1967, and my meta-physics
is a bit dated too; but here goes:
All science is at best approximation.
(That's when it's not just plain wrong).
So there's always an error-factor.
The error-factor in deep physics can be parlayed into the fairyland
of an infinitely-receding nano-horizon. Expressed in Kuhnian, at
each stage, the accumulated anomalies can be explained by postulating
another deeper-lying fundamental particle.
Which will require billions of dollars and Euros to search for.
If the next round comes while the expression 'god particle' is still
in vogue, they'll have to finesse a bit. (Anyone want to take a bet
on the emergence of the term 'meta-god particle'?).
Otherwise they can just re-cycle the 'god particle' mythology, on the
grounds that they got close last time, but just one more little push
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