Since the dawn of civilized living, a trend has been continuing. The core trend remains the same, but the adoption of strategic approach differs as per the prevailing environment in the society and the mental stability of the masses. The trend remains thus; whenever progressive ideas applicable for popular adherence arise, the oppressive forces which are traditional, conservative, particularly advantageous to their oppressive deeds, would try to ignore.
Their agenda would be not to publicize the progressive measures so that it would vanish away or becomes less significant from the attention of the majority of the masses in course of time. Despite their ignoring tactics, such progressive matter may flourish. Under such circumstances, the inimical forces would oppose the progressive steps from all spheres.
Overcoming such opposition, the progressive act may proliferate in wider sphere. At that stage, the cunning forces would fabricate or belittle such progressive measures. Whatever aforesaid, applicable to progressive or reformative measures are equally applicable for scientific discoveries and inventions.
The peculiar oppression against such scientific advancement would arise from scientific fraternity itself. If such scientific achievement exposes the features in the religious texts and beliefs which are contrary to the actual existence, religious authorities have opposed such achievements and the achievers ruthlessly.
Earth was considered as the centre of universe. Geo centric theory was in vogue based on the mere belief on religious texts. When Nicolaus Copernicus (1473 – 1543), a Polish scientist and astronomer proposed that the Sun and other planets do not revolve around the earth, it changed the then prevailing perception about the universe. Fellow scientists confounded Copernicus’s theory as ‘patently absurd’.
The religious authorities tortured Copernicus mercilessly and he was buried unceremoniously after death with scant respect for exposing the truth.
When Galileo Galilei (1564-1642), the Italian scientist who is considered as father of modern science, took Copernician theory and slammed it down on the table to the world to see.
He was able to prove the helio centric theory (Sun – centred universe) with the help of telescope which he had designed. He was vehemently attacked by the religious clergies, and imprisoned and tortured inhumanly. He was forced to sign in a prepared declaration which was in favour of geo centric theory. He had to leave the jail only after signing against his profound theory. Galileo was condemned as a heretic by the catholic church.
He was found guilty heresy and lived out of the rest of his days in house arrest.
Isaac Newton (1642-1727), the English Mathematician revealed his understanding of the World which covered everything that moved and everything that did not. He discovered the gravitational force of the earth. The theory was founded by Newton.
Edwin Hubble (1889 – 1953), an American astronomer showed how galaxies were flying away from each other, a spectacular proof of Big Bang.
These are the annals in the discovery of facts about the universe and the planets including the earth. During the course of cosmic scientific journey, the ultimate missing link in the formation of the world in the universe was almost found out. The theory is the Standard Model that describes the fundamental particles and forces of nature. It is profound and proven facts of the scientists that a piece from the Sun got detached which is termed as Big Bang.
At the time of occurrence of Big Bang, the detached piece which contained fundamental particles did not have any mass. Based on the strength of interaction of these particles with Higgs, they acquired mass. Without the Higgs particle matter in the universe will have no mass. The existence of Higgs is a vital corner stone for describing the universe correctly.
The discovery of the Higgs boson won’t change peoples’ lives. It will facilitate to eliminate the false belief about the universe and earth. In fact the Standard Model theory is a breakthrough in the history of physics. It is rightly comparable to the significance of theory of evolution in biology. When theory of evolution was formulated by Charles Darwin, he was ridiculed, he was considered as demon, who had come to demolish the religious faith and belief that god only created human and other living creatures in the world. Charles Darwin was condemned to intolerable level. He was issued with his death certificate by the then religious authority while he was alive.
Similarly belittling exercise has started already in respect of the Standard Model and specifically Higgs boson. The sub atomic particle, Higgs boson was named after the scientist Peter Higgs and Satyendra Nath Bose, whose contributions were responsible for the research. The discovery of Higgs boson is a blow to the belief that God only infused force in the living and non living matters in the universe. When the foundation of scientific theory about Higgs boson is popularized through media, it has to go as such. But to undermine its significance, it is flashed as “God particle” What an ironical expression! The hypothesis which came to break down a myth is termed and popularized in the name of the same myth itself!
Fabrication and assimilation of science by the orthodoxy is not a new affair. It started from the day science had begun to develop by weakening the religious belief. The religious belief has to conceal its inability to face the progress of science. The history of human civilization is nothing but the history of breaking the religious beliefs with scientific facts.
To cite a few such instances, when the theory of evolution became popular despite the religious opposition, the Hindu religious believers assimilate the theory by comparing the nine avatars of God Vishnu starting from fish, pig, animal – man and ultimately man. To the extent they compared the avatars with theory of evolution. They did not oppose the inhuman dogmas in the religious texts and their practices. Some sort of ‘brand of progressivenes’ is required for them. Similarly when aeroplane was invented, instead of upholding and appreciating the efforts of the twin scientists responsible for it, belittling by saying that aeroplanes are not new; they are already mentioned and were in use in mythology as ‘Pushpa Vimana’.
These approaches, which ridiculed the scientific achievements, are of religious, dogmatic orientation and assimilated the progressive ideas as of self. The Buddhism was against god and vedic rituals. People were made to believe Buddha as god by making him as one avatar and many Hindu temple towers are being adorned with idols of Buddha.
Once Buddha got fabricated as god, with the design of dogmatic rituals, it was easy to erase the Buddhism in ideological manner from the minds of common people. In that way Buddhism was eliminated from its own land. Progressive and reformative ideas had flourished in abundance during the past. Historically it could not be sustained and practised due to the ‘fabricate and eliminate approach’ of the opponents to such ideas.
In respect of Higgs boson, it is really, a breakthrough in nuclear physics. It has blasted out the myth of religious dogmas about the formation of universe. In fact it is a milestone march in the journey to disprove the belief of god and its prescription in the religious texts. How can such scientific achievement be coined as ‘God particle’? Mentioning Higgs boson as God particle is a misnomer, even it could be construed as disrespect shown to such a marvelous discovery.
When the discovery of Higgs boson was announced at CERN by the scientist fraternity, they were actually embarrassed by the media, referring it to ‘god particle’. Even Peter Huggs who first proposed the existence of this particle is an atheist. He is displeased because the term could offend people who are religious. In one way a scientist fraternity is responsible for the new coinage. Leon Lederman, a Nobel Prize winning physicist titled his book , The God Particle: If the universe is the answer, what is the question? It is hardly moot now to say that he had originally called it the ‘Goddamn particle.’ That was edited down because, the fact is Lederman and his publisher wanted to popularize the book.
Basically man has proposed the existence of new particle and its purpose is almost proved scientifically. Hence it is apt to call it Higgs boson in the names of the scientists who founded the theories to find out the scientific discovery. The great rationalist – humanist Periyar E.V.Ramasamy quotes, ‘Forget god: Think of human’ and the strategic approach for the progress of humanity. Let the sub atomic particle be called and popularized it as ‘Higgs boson’.
The discovery of Higgs boson is like discovery of the fact that Earth revolves round the Sun. But scientists predict the discovery of Higgs boson would enable as to design rockets which can travel with the speed of light. If the discovery of Higgs boson is used constructively it will enhance definitely the revealation of more facts about the universe, unknown so far.