You look at science (or at least talk of it) as some sort of demoralising invention of man, something apart from real life, and which must be cautiously guarded and kept separate from everyday existence. But science and everyday life cannot and should not be separated. Science, for me, gives a partial explanation for life. In so far as it goes, it is based on fact, experience and experiment.
The reason we have smartphones, the reason we have television, we’re able to talk on opposite sides of the continent, the reason we have smoke detectors… the reason we have these things is because we understand the reactions - the nuclear reactions - that take place in elements, in protons and neutrons and so on. Without that deep understanding, we wouldn’t have everything you can touch and see in our environment. So this claim that [the age of the Earth] has nothing to do with the economy is just wrong.
Misconception 1: The Higgs particle gives other particles mass.
Correction: The masses of fundamental particles come from interactions with the Higgs field.
“You see this statement all the time, but how would another particle even ‘give’ another particle mass?” Kruse asks, explaining truly it’s…