“Was not their mistake once more bred of the life of slavery that they had been living?—a life which was always looking upon everything, except mankind, animate and inanimate—‘nature,’ as people used to call it—as one thing, and mankind as another, it was natural to people thinking in this way, that they should try to make ‘nature’ their slave, since they thought ‘nature’ was something outside them” — William Morris

Monday, December 31, 2012

Higgs Schmiggs

Thanks to Marcus Nilsson I have now read this piece in The Guardian. As I've been reading these past few months, the Higgs, far from completing the gaps in the Standard Model, turns out to be a kind of monster that distorts the entire field. Fantastic example of the phenomenon–thing gap, key to Kant and core of OOO.

The Standard Model Higgs is just a necessary hysterical symptom of a correlationist view in which measurement makes things real. I like the line in the Guardian piece about an elephantiasis of mathematization.

The electric universe hypothesis sounds an awful lot like Bohm's implicate order, of which I've been a huge fan. Watch the videos.

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