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Polka Dots or the God Particle

Updated on September 25, 2014

Science and the Universe

On July 8th, 2012, a scientist was interviewed on television wearing a polka dot shirt and talking about the God particle that has supposedly been recently discovered due to a massive experiment in Switzerland.

That experiment involved colliding atoms at an astronomical speed to show how matter is formed from a big bang. Now I have to say that man will go to any lengths to prove that he is better than the Great Creator, even to this extent of playing with things he does not understand. In demonstrating the experiment the atoms rushed towards each other and as they crashed together there was a huge explosive force that sent sparks flying in all directions, just like the polka dot pattern on his shirt.

Higgs-Event - Wikipedia
Higgs-Event - Wikipedia

What is the God Particle?

First of all 'the God particle' is a media term and not one that is used by scientists to explain the experiment. What the principals involved were searching for is proof that when atoms collide the result is the formation of matter. One of the first laws of physics is that matter cannot be created nor destroyed so they were taking their ideas to the limits of creation and, in fact, to the realm of God's participation in forming the universe.

What I can't get my head around is why they think they have done something spectacular. What the procedure involved was using two small particles of matter, namely atoms, to try to generate a new form of matter, a boson.

Peter Higgs, along with others, first suggested the particle produced from such a reaction in 1964 It is called a 'boson' which is "a type of particle that allows multiple identical particles to exist in the same place in the same quantum state." That is confusing for the general public and difficult to get one's head around but what happens is that the protons surrounding the nucleus of two atoms collide at great speed and are redistributed into two jets of hadrons. and two electons (possitively charged) and they are seen as lines in the image.

It was the boson that had not been observed before and was only theorised to exist that has the scientists celebrating. The problem is that the product or God particle quickly dissolves. Although they have succeeded in smashing the atoms and forcing a redistribution of electrons and protons they have not, as far as I am can determine, created new matter. It would have to be similar to the splitting of the atom that has become almost old hat as far as science is concered and, as we know, that also creates a big bang. Such an explosion was first seen over Hiroshima and then Nagasaki, Japan, at the end of WWII.

Are we, therefore, any further advanced in nuclear science or is this just another extremely expensive attempt by man to interfere with nature to our detriment? It appears to be along the lines of genetic engineering whereby scienctists allow living things to be altered to suite a lifestyle and future with overcrowded, war mongering and terrorising communities that are without control and the world cannot sustain without science to prop it up..

Should we Be Interfering with Nature?

Is it right to want to alter matter through experiments of this nature?

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Basic Knowledge

Chemistry: Concepts and Problems: A Self-Teaching Guide
Chemistry: Concepts and Problems: A Self-Teaching Guide

Everyone should have some basic knowledge of chemistry. Start with something elementary as in this publication and become wise to the things of the modern world.


Atoms and Molecules

What is Matter?

Chemistry (Available 2010 Titles Enhanced Web Assign)
Chemistry (Available 2010 Titles Enhanced Web Assign)

This book has chemistry problems to test the reader as he learns. Its another great concept in education about matter.


Changing Nature Through the God Particle

Scientists who are involved with universal problems are looking on the latest experiment into altering the substance of matter as a real break through. Other scientists, however, are looking on it as something they can use to alter matter whenever it suites their purpose.

What we need to ask of humanity is just how far should they be allowed to play around with the very building blocks of all matter? What if they reach a point of no return and there is a domino effect that reverses creation? The earth belongs to all of us not just a few who tinker with chemistry to alter things that are part of creation.

If, as some claim, the universe and all of creation started with a big bang then who is to say that another massive explosion won't end it? I started this lens with a polka dot theme because it is something akin to how man is pushing nature along. He is changing a bit here and a bit there so that parts may no longer fit together as a whole. He is destroying the boundaries that we possibly should never cross and we have no idea of the traps and misfortunes that will happen as a result.

Should we, therefore, call a halt and say enough is enough? Why should scientists be allowed to continue along the path of the unknown in a hotch potch fashion simply to satisfy their curiosity? They don't know where they are going anymore than the best guess out there. The scientist in the polka dot shirt this morning has no idea where this new technology will lead. Why then are we not protesting this potenially horrendous move?

Molecules and Compounds

Everyone is a Chemist but do you know why?

Chemistry For Dummies
Chemistry For Dummies

Cooking, cleaning, manufacturing, car maintenance and just about everything we do in life has a link to chemicals and in some small way makes us all chemists. Do you know what you are using during the day and how that affects you, the environment or things in your home?


Are You Worried by The Thought of Scientists Changing Matter?

Or is it a good thing to do?

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Start them early

The Cartoon Guide to Chemistry
The Cartoon Guide to Chemistry

Some kids like cartoons and learn best when the more difficult things are reduced to this form. Enjoy this look at everyday products and their effect in the uses to which you apply them.


Still images from Dreamstime - click here

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      Very good lens. Your quizzes help a lot to state your opinion. I admire the way you handled such a controversial topic. Well done:=)

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      PocketfulofParis 5 years ago

      Very interesting, also how do you get your text modules purple?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I will never think of polka dots in the same way again....excellent information, provoking thought and always great quizzes by you!

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      LotusLandry 5 years ago from Southern California

      I have a neighbor who worked for CERN. I tried the polka dots on an existing lens about furniture (occupying a chair, in fact).