This short series of papers was a response to a BBC TV programme on the Large Hadron Collider. A young researcher narrated a stroll around this truly gigantic machine, which, according to the consensus pluralist perspective of the scientists involved, will reveal “ever-new” features of the sub atomic world and hence(?) crucial facts about the very Origin of the Universe.
In particular the eagerly expected result “should” be a glimpse of the Higg’s Boson. A relatively large “elementary” particle which their theories present as being fundamental in the first appearance of Matter in an Energy-only Universe soon after the Big Bang. The whole standpoint and purposes of these scientists is criticized and contrasted with the alternative Emergentist standpoint, and the whole question of whether there was an Emergent Event between the initial, non-material state of the Universe and the whole subsequent, familiat and well-studied Macro World. A more detailed constrasting of Plurality and Holism – in particular the importance of Emergences in the Origin of Life, and indeed the whole Evolution of the Universe at all stages is described thereafter.
1. Narrator is a researcher on Atlas Project at LHC and clearly established the standpoint of the participants.
2. Main gain is identified as the discovery of the Higg’s Boson – theoretically said to be involved in the first appearance of Matter
3. Implications of the pluralist standpoint: Smashing up reveals Parts!
4. Myth of such a belief:
5. Could the colossal energies involved precipitate an Emergence?
If so a pluralist methodology would be entirely useless.
6. Yet their whole case is an amalgam of both pluralist and holist elements: a truly post modern one.