On 10 Jul 2012, at 22:28, John Mikes wrote:

Stephen, a 'belief system' may be reassuring.
I spent a lifetime in active R&D exercising conventional science, till I lost by belief in many figments of it. It came gradually like one's losing a religious faith: trying to THINK 'outside the box' and getting nowhere. (First reflection: I am poorly informed and my conclusions are inaccurate). Then the extension of our worldview into items still unknown, as exemplified by the gradual enrichment in our epistemic inventory over the millennia. We are NOT at the perfection's end...Some more yet has got to come and I braced myself for surprises. I cannot recall when and where, but allegedly prof. Higgs repealed his work at his old age - how sorry it would be if true. The observations upon which science is based supply only explained information, accurate and complete to the level of the 'era'. Then explanations are applied based on assumptions, presumptions, nth level consequences of such and sometimes recalled/changed. Bruno's and my agnosticism are based on some basic 'faith' to start from: his from numerals, arithmetic (I think) mine from a never learnable infinite complexity of which we only know a portion.

Which is the case for Arithmetic, note.


Everybody has a personal choice whether to include the Higgs boson in his/her personal worldview. And there are many others...

If the boson of Higgs exists, by law, it *must* be retrievable from addition and multiplication.

Bruno


John M




On Tue, Jul 10, 2012 at 2:38 PM, Stephen P. King <stephe...@charter.net > wrote:
Say that it is not so!

http://www.technologyreview.com/view/428428/higgs-boson-may-be-an-imposter-say-particle/?ref=rss

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Onward!

Stephen

"Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed."
~ Francis Bacon


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