When news of the discovery of the Higgs-Bosun was announced, I was excited as anyone. But I was also, I dunno, stuck by the relative swiftness with which it was found. The Large Hadron Collider only just started up a few years ago. Already they find what they were looking for? And they found exactly what they were looking for– nothing unexpected. No new puzzles or explanation for other anomalies in science? It seemed too neat, to me. Too . .. “pat.” Too easy.
It was the exactness of what they found that seemed most odd. Science doesn’t work that way, usually. For every answer, 5+ more questions are raised. When does one find exactly what they expected to find, and nothing else? And so I wondered if there was some sort of unconscious bias at work.
It seems I‘m not the only person this occurred to. As with the writers of this article, this is not to deny the importance of what the scientists found, nor the hard work they put in. What I wonder, like the author of the linked article, is if they discovered what they thought they discovered, or if they discovered something even more interesting and strange.