The detection of the Higgs Boson just a few months ago made a pretty big splash in the physics community, but was given a rather ho-hum reception by the various news anchordeities. For the most part the mainstream news media doesn't care about science because it doesn't lend itself to two-minute sound bites. Science requires actual work and thought...not only to understand the events, but, more importantly, the implications of the events. Walter Cronkite was probably the last news reporter who could discuss science without that deer-in-the-headlights glaze in the eye.
There's probably a good reason why our current batch of news "reporters" don't like science. The media influences opinion and elects presidents. They control vast sums of wealth and influence. Scientific fact is something that is beyond the control of the media. It is what it is and they can't do a blasted thing about it. The best they can do is ignore it and hope that nobody notices. Of course, that doesn't really matter either. The Higgs Boson doesn't care about public opinion. It's a lot like God in that respect...perhaps this is one reason it has been referred ot as the "God Particle" by those who DO care.
Of course, not every particle physicist believes in God.....but enough of them do to be potentially a major source of heartburn to the nearly universally agnostic news culture. At least most physicists are open to the possibility of divine Creation, whereas our "objective" news empire has arrived at a foregone conclusion that their personal reality is...well, reality.
Not very long before the Higgs Boson triumph, another unheralded discovery....almost a perfectly timed prelude...slipped under the news radar entirely...the discovery of photon entanglement. This is a curious phenomenon where an individual photon can communicate its state to another photon...but not to all other photons. Until this discovery, photons were considered "dumb" fundamental particles....having no internal structure whatsoever. Without an internal structure, no particle can have a unique identity....there's not enough material in there to make up any kind of "DNA," to use a common analogy.
Alas....the demonstrated ability of a photon to "talk" to another SPECIFIC photon blows the conventional thinking right off the balcony. But the implications of this are even more staggering. What it very strongly suggests is that EVERY fundamental particle we know of probably has a unique personality.....rather than being interchangeable parts, as commonly assumed ever since the development of the "standard model."
In the Scriptures, we're told that "God calls the stars by name." Could it be that God, the master of the understatement, calls every subatomic particle in the universe by name too?
Physicists are at least asking the question. It remains to be seen if our news media has enough brains to at least entertain the possibility.
Or if they have enough brains to even understand the question.
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