Physicists say they have all but proven that the "God particle" exists. They have a footprint and a shadow, and the only thing left is to see for themselves the elusive subatomic particle believed to give all matter in the universe size and shape. . . .Rob Roser, who leads the search for the Higgs boson at the Fermilab in Chicago, said: "Particle physicists have a very high standard for what it takes to be a discovery," and he thinks it is a hair's breadth away. Roser compared the results that scientists will announce Wednesday to finding the fossilized imprint of a dinosaur: "You see the footprints and the shadow of the object, but you don't actually see it." - Really Smart Guys in Chicago Tribune article 7/3/2012
1. Those truths are self-evident which are recognised at once, as soon as the terms in which they are expressed are known. Such a truth is the assertion that God exists: for by the name 'God' we understand something greater than which nothing can be thought. This notion is formed in the understanding by whoever hears and understands the name 'God,' so that God must already exist at least in the mind. Now He cannot exist in the mind only: for what is in the mind and in reality is greater than that which is in the mind only; but nothing is greater than God, as the very meaning of the name shows: it follows that the existence of God is a self evident truth, being evidenced by the mere meaning of the name.
2. The existence of a being is conceivable, that could not be conceived not to exist; such a being is evidently greater than another that could be conceived not to exist. Thus then something greater than God is conceivable if He could be conceived not to exist; but anything 'greater than God' is against the meaning of the name 'God.' It remains then that the existence of God is a self-evident truth.
3. Those propositions are most self-evident which are either identities, as 'Man is man,' or in which the predicates are included in the definitions of the subjects, as 'Man is an animal.' But in God of all beings this is found true, that His existence is His essence, as will be shown later (Chap. XXII); and thus there is one and the same answer to the question 'What is He?' and 'Whether He is.'* Thus then, when it is said 'God is,' the predicate is either the same with the subject or at least is included in the definition of the subject; and thus the existence of God will be a self-evident truth.
4. Things naturally known are self-evident: for the knowledge of them is not attained by enquiry and study. But the existence of God is naturally known, since the desire of man tends naturally to God as to his last end, as will be shown further on (B. 111, Chap. XXV).That must be self-evident whereby all other things are known; but such is God; for as the light of the sun is the principle of all visual perception, so the divine light is the principle of all intellectual cognition. St. Thomas Aquinas Summa Contra Gentiles, Book I (1258-64) Circa 1256 to 1259 Anno Domini
1st Grade Catechism -Little Flower Grammar circa August 1958That was my first plunge into ontological matters and my first of eight years of daily and at times hourly ass- kickings at the hands, rulers, rad-sticks, whiffle-ball bats, 18" Chalk erasers and the odd handy object from the Religious Sisters of Mercy.
Galway-born Hairy Faced Sister of Mercy : "Who Made the World? You!"
Me - " Carpenters and Bricklayers."
Okay! The lads at Fermi Lab, between Wilson and Butterfield Roads in Batavia over by Route 88, seem to have identifified the God Particle AKA Higgs Boson. This elementary nugget of scientific gold must have the science community and atheists doing hand stands and huzzahs. The God particle is believed - get that - believed to demonstrate the source of all stuff.
Like the warning pack on my Marlboro Reds, the God particle is science's proof postive and caveate to behave accordingly. Hell, I started smoking on and off with a ten year abstinence, at the hot-house in O'Halloran Park at 83rd & Wood Street circa 1964 - punk-ass little Mick hoodlum - and continue to believe that I am not only toxic to cancer, but essentially bullet-proof. I know better.
Boson is any particle with zero spin that obeys the laws of Bose-Einstein, for whom the particle(s) are tagged and not a mispelliing of Boatswain, or bosun, who serves as the deck wrangler of a ship,
I do not believe that Fermi Lab's swell announcement includes the source of the God Particle. You know the Captain giving orders to the Bos'n Higgs.
When the lads at Fermi Lab get a shout-out from יהוהYHWH Yaweh. -to us Cat'lickers, you know the Old Tetragrammaton -give me a heads up.
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Maker of Heaven and Earth . . . and I believe I'll have me a smoke.