AS WE ALL - at least some of us - awaited the official word on the discovery of the so-called God particle, the long pursuit of the universe's missing link reminded us that science never gives up on adding one more clue in defining what we and the mysterious universe might be all about. I'm hardly qualified as a layman to go beyond the surface of the reports that the $10 billion experiment by countless scientists aided by the highest tech available are 99.99 pct. sure of the presence of the Higgs boson - the other name for the elusive particle that is said to be the first expression of spatial birth.
Some will say, why bother when there is so much need on the tiny particle called earth? Yet that has never been the case with serious human inquiry. Galileo would know better than I how to answer that. Or the Curies or Edisons. Still, they should now explain a recent Kaiser public opinion poll that told us how much farther we have to go to overcome the indifference of so many people to things they ought to know without the aid of supercolliders and commitment to scientific inquiry. The survey flat out reported that 41 pct. of those surveyed weren't even aware that the U.S. Supreme Court had just handed down an historic ruling on health care!
Folks, help me. Take it from here.