We Know Less About Our Universe Than We Think (and I’m OK With That)

When it comes to understanding how the universe works, humanity has made amazing strides. The realization that the Earth revolves around the Sun; Sir Isaac Newton's discovery of the laws of motion and gravity; Einstein's breakthrough regarding general relativity; last year's uncovering of the Higgs Boson particle -- these represent pinnacles of human reason and intelligence, and have given us deeper knowledge of the cosmos. However, with every discovery, nature is revealed to be far stranger and … [Read more...]

Higgs Boson and the Goodness of Scientific Discovery

On July 4, 2012, scientists at Switzerland's CERN made an announcement that involved an altogether different kind of fireworks, i.e., the kind of fireworks that one gets when smashing protons into each other at nearly the speed of light. After close to forty years of theorizing, analyzing, and searching -- and yes, smashing protons -- the scientists announced that they were 99.9999%┬ácertain that they had discovered the elusive Higgs Boson. Considered by many in the scientific community to be one … [Read more...]