On Human Curiosity

Phil Plait on the discovery of what “walks like a Higgs, looks like a Higgs, and quacks like a Higgs” but is just possibly some other new particle:

Never forget this either: we humans did this. The discovery of this new particle, and the vast potential it has, was all because we’re curious. This huge machine, the LHC, was built solely because we wanted to find things out, and some people had the vision to fund it and build it. When we wish to explore, when we wish to see what’s over the next hill, wonders unfold before us.

Another inefficiency; another wonder!