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Posted by: schrodingerscat ( )
Date: September 12, 2023 03:20PM

https://www.pewresearch.org/religion/2009/11/05/scientists-and-belief/

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Believe in God:
General Public - 83%
Scientists - 33%

Do Not Believe in God but do believe in a Higher Power
General Public - 12%
Scientists - 18%

Do not believe in either:
General Public - 4%
Scientists - 41%

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Posted by: bradley ( )
Date: September 12, 2023 04:01PM

It's those rascally scientists again.

Do they at least believe in the God particle?

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Posted by: schrodingerscat ( )
Date: September 12, 2023 05:04PM

bradley Wrote:
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> It's those rascally scientists again.
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> Do they at least believe in the God particle?


Yes, but they don’t like the name, except the one scientist who wrote the book on the subject, by the same name, who is also a Nobel Prize recipient.
But it’s not so much of a “particle”, as it is a universal field, responsible for creating matter out of energy.

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Posted by: elderolddog ( )
Date: September 12, 2023 06:43PM

> responsible for creating
> matter out of energy


I like to think that this is how sex works.  

I devote my energy, and nine months later . . .

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Posted by: bradley ( )
Date: September 12, 2023 09:43PM

It all started with a Big Bang.

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Posted by: Lot's Wife ( )
Date: September 12, 2023 07:01PM

The Higgs Boson doesn't "create matter out of energy."

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Posted by: elderolddog ( )
Date: September 12, 2023 08:37PM

Doesn't it depend on when you open the box?

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Posted by: Brother Of Jerry ( )
Date: September 12, 2023 09:00PM

Of course it does. The Higgs boson has very sticky shoes, so it grabs the energy and slows it way down until it sets up, just like Jello.

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Posted by: Lot's Wife ( )
Date: September 12, 2023 11:17PM

So you're telling me the Higgs Boson is jello? I guess that makes as much sense as the rest of the thread. . .

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Posted by: schrodingerscat ( )
Date: September 12, 2023 11:32PM

"There was a clue in the title of one of Albert Einstein’s most famous research papers, published in 1905: ‘Does the inertia of a body depend on its energy content?’ This was the paper in which Einstein suggested that there was a deep connection between mass and energy, through what would subsequently become the world’s most famous equation, E = mc2.

We experience the mass of an object as inertia (the object’s resistance to acceleration) and Einstein was suggesting that the latter is determined not by mass as a primary quality, but rather by the energy that the object contains.

So, when an otherwise massless particle travelling at the speed of light interacts with the Higgs field, it is slowed down. The field ‘drags’ on it, as though the particle were moving through molasses. In other words, the energy of the interaction is manifested as a resistance to acceleration. The particle acquires inertia, and we think of this inertia in terms of the particle’s ‘mass’."

Jim Baggott, author of Higgs: The Invention and Discovery of the ‘God Particle’

https://blog.oup.com/2012/09/how-does-the-higgs-mechanism-create-mass/#:~:text=So%2C%20when%20an%20otherwise%20massless,as%20a%20resistance%20to%20acceleration.

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Posted by: Lot's Wife ( )
Date: September 13, 2023 12:05AM

You said the Higgs Boson "creates matter out of energy." Nothing in what you just quoted supports that proposition.

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Posted by: Roy G Biv ( )
Date: September 12, 2023 04:07PM

This post makes me long for the posts about god being nature, if you use the definition of someone else.

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Posted by: slskipper ( )
Date: September 12, 2023 06:55PM

They apparently left out one vital category: "Don't give a hoot".

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Posted by: summer ( )
Date: September 12, 2023 10:16PM

It is always a category that is disregarded. The religious often seem to demand that you are for or against, not that you are indifferent.

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Posted by: slskipper ( )
Date: September 13, 2023 04:30AM

The author falls into the familiar trap of assuming religiosity as the default position and then trying to explain its decline. In my case I did not "fall away". It's just that, with my mind set, I could never understand why so many people loved to feel that they were "so rebellious and proud" that they needed a savior. I never quite got the whole Sinful Nature thing. Just some thoughts.

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Posted by: Beth ( )
Date: September 13, 2023 01:01PM

For me, church was never fun. It was boring and nothing made sense.

One of the things I found interesting was the possibility that the Cold War played a large part in how people publicly identified, especially atheists.

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