New data presented at a conference in India shows no new signs of the Higgs. The signal was probably just a statistical fluctuation."
Has anyone considered that the Higgs may actually be just a statistical fluctuation, a mathematical artifact required to both satisfy the symmetry of the fundamental particle structure and at the same time insure the uncertain nature of... well, nature.
I know this may sound like (and it may actually be) a silly question, but I am serious in asking it.
We have had to learn to deal with (if not fully understand) the dual particle/wave nature of light. Could we be looking for something that has a similar duality, only in this case of being both a mathematical construct but one that while having no physical existence still may mediate in physical ways with special particles like quarks?
Could such a thing exist (if exist is the correct term), even if the Higgs is not such a thing?
I'm not looking for religious based replies, I'm just considering the possibility (or not) of such a strange duality of an interacting but non physical thing existing (being present without physical existence?) and possibly even being measured, much as we do with the things we accept as having rather strange dual natures, like light.
Sorry for the probably poorly expressed concept, but it's the best I could do --if you can see what I'm trying to formulate a description of, and have any insights into the condition I'm trying to describe, I'd really like any edification anyone can offer --except religious explanations. I'm just looking for thoughts on the scientific possibility of could such a dual nature interacting concept (not a thing, just a concept of a thing mathematically expressible to a useful enough degree to make falsifiable predictions about, existing). The language is not helping me at all --how does one express the possible existence of a non existing, but interactive thing?