Originally Posted by NegaTsukasa
It is interesting how it has been nicknamed that though.
As I understand it, "God Particle" is shorthand for "Goddamned Particle" - a joke expressing how difficult it was to try to find it. Despite the loaded nickname, it's not any more or less important to the structure of the universe as any other force. Electromagnetism is just as important (if not moreso) to YOU, because that's what keeps all the atoms in your body connected to each other in these neat little chemical chains like hemoglobin and lipids and whatnot of which you are built. What of the Van der Waals force which holds all the chemical compounds you're made out of together in neat little crystaline arrangements which we call solids? Imagine if all of the chemicals in your body whirled around and dispersed like air molecules do? It's kind of like being vaporized, but without all the heat.
Gravity (which is a function of mass creating perturbations, wells, in spacetime) is actually the weakest of the fundamental forces.
Lastly, remembering that "God" is a job description... not a name. Christians, your god is named Yahweh (YHWH) or Jehovah (latinized). I know you're not supposed to say it, so keep calling him God or Elohim or whatever. Just remember that because the Higgs Boson is nicknamed the "God" particle, doesn't mean it has anything to do with Yahweh. At least, nothing more than it has to do with Zeus, Krishna, Thor, and Makemake.
Originally Posted by str898mustang
the money spent on this coulda been put to better use.
The same could be said for all scientific endeavors before the practical application of the technology is derived. What's the point of spending money to test general relativity? Oh wait, you couldn't have GPS without knowing it. Even if the discovery itself doesn't yield any immediate return on investment, what of the benefits of the new tools and techniques which must be developed specifically for that endeavor, but find application in the general market... such as the satellite communication and advances in computer technology during the space race, or the advancement in robotics and imaging techniques which came from deep sea exploration that will soon allow us to mine the ocean floor for resources?
You realize that the particle detectors developed for use in the relativistic heavy ion collider were instrumental in the development of positron emission tomography, which has been invaluable in finding tumors, diagnosing schizophrenia, and in the testing and development of new drugs via isotopic labeling - allowing researchers to track the drug's dispersal in the body to see if it's actually doing what they want, or becoming concentrated in an organ at dangerous levels.
This was money well spent, IMO. Shame it wasn't spent in the US. Big science projects like this tend to attract academics who build the technologies, which create the markets which fuel our economy.