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The quest for the 'God particle'

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The Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the 17-mile-long time machine that is supposed to provide the answers to the big bang and the black hole theories, began its date with history earlier this year. It's the biggest and most expensive experiment in the history of science. Thousands of scientists, from 85 countries, gathered on the industrial and scientific estate that is known as the CERN campus located on the Franco-Swiss border near Geneva, Switzerland.

Although they were hoping to recreate the environment of the so-called dawn of time, the LHC ran into technical problems after running for about two weeks. These have temporarily stalled the effort to find the answer to the so-called "God particle" – the theory that's supposed to give matter its mass, but has never been found. Scientists expect to resume their quest next spring if all goes well.

For centuries, scientists have been looking at the cosmos and the planets because they believed that there was an order or law by which the planets moved. Isaac Newton's observations, for instance, enabled him to conceive the law of gravity. Through this law, scientists were able to predict the positions of the planets and found it to be very reliable. But all these observations are based on the assumption that the universe rests on a material basis.

But what if the "God particle" isn't material? Suppose God is actually Spirit and created the universe spiritually? In the 19th century, Mary Baker Eddy looked deeply into the universe and found not a material God particle, but the conviction that God is infinite Spirit and that man – meaning men and women – is actually the spiritual idea of one divine Mind.

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