News Mash: A Shape-Shifting Jesus & Higgs Boson? Maybe…On both counts.


People who are not prone to believe in religion…

Or God?

Of course scoff at this “new” revelation:

[via LiveScience]Shape-Shifting Jesus Described in Ancient Egyptian Text

A newly deciphered Egyptian text, dating back almost 1,200 years, tells part of the crucifixion story of Jesus with apocryphal plot twists, some of which have never been seen before.

Written in the Coptic language, the ancient text tells of Pontius Pilate, the judge who authorized Jesus’ crucifixion, having dinner with Jesus before his crucifixion and offering to sacrifice his own son in the place of Jesus. It also explains why Judas used a kiss, specifically, to betray Jesus — because Jesus had the ability to change shape, according to the text  — and it puts the day of the arrest of Jesus on Tuesday evening rather than Thursday evening, something that contravenes the Easter timeline.

The discovery of the text doesn’t mean these events happened, but rather that some people living at the time appear to have believed in them, said Roelof van den Broek, of Utrecht University in the Netherlands, who published the translation in the book “Pseudo-Cyril of Jerusalem on the Life and the Passion of Christ“(Brill, 2013).

Copies of the text are found in two manuscripts, one in the Morgan Library and Museum in New York City and the other at the Museum of the University of Pennsylvania. Most of the translation comes from the New York text, because the relevant text in the Pennsylvania manuscript is mostly illegible.

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A shape-shifting Jesus?

“How silly!” You say.

But it’s not like Science is not prone to “shape-shifters” of their own…

And ones?

They haven’t conclusively discovered, to their specifications, either:

[via Scientific American]We’ve Found the Higgs Boson. But Which One?Standard Higgs

When last we checked in on the hunt for the Higgs, physicists weren’t yet ready to call the deal done. They were only willing to say that they had discovered a new particle—some sort of boson—and that this new boson was “Higgs-like.” Their reticence hinged on the measurement of the new particle’s spin, a fundamental quality that, for bosons, must take an integer value such as 0, 1 or 2. Both in July, when the proto-Higgs was first announced, and in November, when scientists released additional data analysis, they didn’t have enough data to definitively say that the boson had a spin of zero, which a Higgs must have.

That uncertainty has now melted away. This week, physicists gathered in Moriond, Italy announced that additional data from the Large Hadron Collider’s 2012 data run now conclusively show that the new boson has a spin of zero, and is thus a Higgs boson.

The question now becomes: just what kind of Higgs boson is it? And might it have hidden twins?

The Standard Model of particle physics—the extremely successful set of theories that physicists use to understand the universe but which most scientists believe is incomplete—predicts that the Higgs boson should behave in a particular way. Once we know its mass (which we do), the Standard Model precisely determines with what frequency the Higgs should change into other subatomic particles (a Higgs lasts for only a fraction of a second before decaying into other particles; these particles are what scientists measure at the LHC). Because scientists want to deeply probe the Standard Model to see where it fails—thus pointing the way to a new and deeper understanding of physical law—they have been closely monitoring just how the Higgs decays.

Early results indicated that the Higgs-like particle was behaving as the Standard Model predicts—with one intriguing exception. The Higgs seemed to be decaying into two photons about twice as often as it should. Could the discrepancy open a much-anticipated crack in the Standard Model?

Alas, no. New results presented at the Moriond Conference show that the apparent excess in photons was likely a statistical fluke. The Higgs appears to be a boring old Standard Model Higgs boson after all. Physicists hoping to find problems with the Standard Model will have to wait until the data from the next LHC run—which, because of a planned two-year shutdown to upgrade the machine, won’t begin before 2015.

Those who pine for strange Higgs physics now hope for a blockbuster: that the Higgs we’ve discovered isn’t the Higgs boson, but rather only the first of many.

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Scientifically minded non-believers scoff at religious believers.

Religious believers scoff at scientifically minded non-believers.

So what am I saying?

That is a lot of “scoffing”, which accomplishes nothing…

On either side.

Is it really TOO hard to comprehend the fact that maybe, just MAYBE, the truth that we all seek…

Lies somewhere in between?

A truth no side is likely to see, because each is blinded by their need for THEIR side to be 100%.

And seriously…

Can anyone ever be 100% right?

In a Universe where so little, even the most seemingly, inconsequential things, are known with certainty.

3 comments on “News Mash: A Shape-Shifting Jesus & Higgs Boson? Maybe…On both counts.

  1. Cool. I was thinking to send you the link for a shape shifting Jesus but I forgot. “laughs”
    Good that you found it on your own. Or maybe not?
    I love the story by the way. it is perfect.

    About Higgs boson? It transforms into twins?
    Even better. if I get it right in the beginning it was one who then multiply into two. Now life starts with two making one. Isn’t that fantastic and strange? The life multiplies to the point of two cells make one cell which then that cell multiplies into life.
    If they find a God’s particle I am guessing in no time they will find God too. 🙂

    There is one plant here a grass looking one with black leaves. I kid you not.

    Great post. Lots of thing to love. 😀

    • The layers of this post was fun. Lots of angles, and working to try to squeeze everything in. Something for everyone, and all aspects of life that I love: Physics, Religion and Mother Nature! All in one post? What’s not to love?

      One of my better posts in awhile, I think. Happy you enjoyed it as well. 😉

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