Wednesday, August 15, 2012

One Potential of The Higgs Finding for Atheism

The other week I attended a lecture by Prof. Kyle Cranmer at NYU about the new elementary particle found by the LHC at CERN believed to be the elusive Higgs Boson. Prof. Cranmer gave an interesting lecture on the history of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Switzerland, its search for the Higgs particle, and the eventual finding of it on July 4th of this year. As a non-physicist and a non-scientist, it is hard for me to wrap my head around some of the more difficult concepts one must understand, in addition to the math, in order to fully understand the Higgs Boson's place in the standard model of physics. I won't go into detail here about the Higgs particle because my blog is not to inform you of physics, but if you wish to read more you can click the link here.

The finding of this new Boson is good news for atheists. Scientists now have a better understanding of the physical nature of the universe, and a deeper understanding of the universe means that we are that much closer to explaining the mysteries still prevalent into its origins.

I say as an atheist, that those who profess adamant belief in god rest their entire argument on the cosmological argument of the first cause of the universe's origin. We already have working theories on the way universes can be created out of nothing, notably by Prof. Lawrence Krauss, and now that we are a bit closer to understanding all of the physical components that make up the universe, we are that much closer to explaining in greater detail, the origin or our cosmos. It will be interesting to see as time progresses, what else scientists find concerning Dark Matter and Dark Energy, two mysterious phenomenon we know little to nothing about.

So for those theists still clinging to the cosmological argument, their fingers are getting pried off one by one as new discoveries concerning the universe's nature are made by scientists. With scientists like Krauss, some say there is nothing left for the theist to cling to at all.

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