In this week’s issue of Nature Physics, a small article appears highlighting the discoveries—or, rather, the lack of discoveries—at the LHC in Geneva, Switzerland. As they have amped up their energies, more massive particle should have been discovered. Supersymmetry (SUSY) theory predicts symmetrical partners to the standard model’s particles, but of more mass. But they’re not finding any.
Here’s a few (for us) interesting quotes:
SUSY’s utility and mathematical grace have instilled a “religious devotion” among its followers, says Adam Falkowski, a theorist at the University of Paris-South in France. But colliders have failed to turn up direct evidence of the super particles predicted by the theory.
“This is a big political issue in our field,” [adds] Alessandro Strumia, a theorist at the University of Pisa in Italy. “For some great physicists, it is the difference between getting a Nobel prize and admitting they spent their lives on the wrong track.” Ellis agrees: “I’ve been working on it for almost 30 years now, and I can imagine that some people might get a little bit nervous.”
At least in physics, you can set up lab conditions to test your theory—the only way to move beyond a “religious devotion” to the theory. But, alas, with Darwinism, there are no such lab conditions that can be set up since it is essentially an ‘historical’ science. Certainly much work, fine work, has been, and is being done in labs throughout the world. But this work essentially undermines the theory of evolution as Darwin promoted it. Why is Darwinism still around? Because of “religious devotion” to it, despite its inabilities to give plausible meaning to what modern biological inquiries are everyday demonstrating. And we all know it.