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    Quote Originally Posted by Victor View Post
    This extraordinary discovery proves that the Standard Model of Particle Physics is not only beautiful, but true.

    The poets told us that truth is beauty and beauty is truth, and the physicists have confirmed it.
    Let's not get ahead of ourselves. The standard model and general relativity still conflict. String theory is looking like a less than viable candidate for unification. However, perhaps there is hope for string theory to be tested in the future.
    For all that we have done, as a civilization, as individuals, the universe is not stable, and nor is any single thing within it. Stars consume themselves, the universe itself rushes apart, and we ourselves are composed of matter in constant flux. Colonies of cells in temporary alliance, replicating and decaying and housed within, an incandescent cloud of electrical impulses. This is reality, this is self knowledge, and the perception of it will, of course, make you dizzy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DiscoBiscuit View Post
    I'm just waiting this discovery to translate into different tech on the market.
    "Coming soon, the new transdimensional shaver 3000. Have you ever wanted to shave your face......in the past? With the new transee 3000 you can! Shave yourself in the past, the future, or even yourself from somewhere else.

    It's as easy as 1-2 BUZZ. CALL NOW!"
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    Suppose a tree fell down, Pooh, when we were underneath it?"
    "Suppose it didn't," said Pooh, after careful thought.
    Piglet was comforted by this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DiscoBiscuit View Post
    I'm just curious as to what the real world implications of the discovery are.
    The most immediate implications are that ordinary people will sit up and take notice of physics for a little while, and see that it is not all about bringing technology to market.
    I've been called a criminal, a terrorist, and a threat to the known universe. But everything you were told is a lie. The truth is, they've taken our freedom, our home, and our future. The time has come for all humanity to take a stand...

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    I'm not sure what this means except that I should post here and be hoping for kit-kats for everyone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fluffywolf View Post
    Not anytime soon, lol.
    i am sure it felt long if you lived through it, but in retrospect it didn't take that long for the STR and GTR to change world politics and accelerate the information age, did it?

    also, could something close to this come out of it?

    this discovery screams of Wil McCarthy sci fi ideas to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gish View Post
    It was a 5 sigma event, very high probability. this is a bit different than the neutrino situation. there is a 99.99995 chance the result can be reproduced.
    Hmm, well, it makes the chances of it being some other particle very very small.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DiscoBiscuit View Post
    I'm just curious as to what the real world implications of the discovery are.
    Perhaps the most important real world implication is that we now have a new metaphor. Yes, the Higgs Boson is the perfect metaphor for life.

    All of us want to fly. We want to be as light as, well, light, and fly wherever we want, but we are held down by the Higgs Boson.

    We want to be ethereal angels dancing for joy but the Higgs Boson holds us down with mass. Yes, the Higgs Boson holds us down to the Earth. The Higgs Boson makes us earth-bound. It permeates our every being. And makes us a dull heavy mass.

    The Higgs Boson is not called the God Particle for nothing, for the Higgs Boson resembles nothing less than original sin, the sin that cuts us off from the angels, the sin that cuts us off from heaven, and the sin that cuts us off from God.

    Without the Higgs Boson we would be lighter than a feather, we would be as light and as beautiful a cloud - but instead we are dull clods, weighed down by the mass of the Higgs Boson.

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