Sources: Arxiv [Printserver; CERN], BBC News
quote: Though entirely short-sighted, the kid has a point. They're searching for the Higgs Boson not to make a major discovery in particle physics, but instead to affirm a series of conjectures and theories put forth over the last few decades.
quote: Consider 500 years ago (I'd say 600 years ago, but the Dark Ages/Catholic Church set us back nearly a millennium). Everyone thought they had the world figured out.. The world was flat -- sail long enough, you'd go right over the edge. If you got a cut, and it got infected, you were touched by a bad spirit -- something which could only be 'cured' by going to church and splashing some tainted 'holy' water on it. Mental illness, just a sign of possession by evil spirits -- lock them away or euthanize them.. Wrong or not, we had all the answers then..
quote: Everyone thought they had the world figured out.. The world was flat -- sail long enough, you'd go right over the edge.