The Higgs Boson exists, the Higgs Boson doesn’t exist, at one and the same time. Or to be more precise, it may not exist, until we observe its existence tomorrow when CERN finally hold their press conference and tell us what they found.
But until then, we have to accept that, like Schroedinger’s cat, the Higgs boson is both dead and alive.
How did this happen? Simple. An as-yet unconfirmed particle, the Glitch, with little mass but positive spin, found its way into the equipment and forced a video onto the internet confirming the discovery.
For the next twelve hours or so, the universe is in mortal danger as we try to contain this paradoxical singularity. The Higgs boson both exists and is yet to exist. Molecules everywhere are in a state of complete discombobulation as they try to make their minds up what to do. Will they fly at the speed of light, free for the first time in their endless lives? Or will they continue trudging through the interstitial Higgs-induced space-soup like good soldiers in a timeless war of matter and energy?
This is not an easy dilemma for molecules, but it’s an easily-resolved one. In this little time interval, the way is open for them to do both.
Go fly, my lovelies! Live for this brief moment, free of the laws of physics. Your fate will be sealed soon enough when the CERN geeks make their announcement one way or the other, but for now, why not fly among the stars with Schroedinger’s ambivalent feline?
Tomorrow is another day.
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