The Metamodern. CERN: Where Science, Religion and Art Collide

“There are things known and there are things unknown, and in between are the doors of perception.” – Aldous Huxley


By Marshall Helms

The current intrigue CERN is generating rivals Angels and Demons, the book written by Dan Brown author of The Da Vinci Code. It speaks to the age old conflict between science and religion. In the book, a scientific discovery has been made that will rock the entire world’s perception of God and the Universe. After much intrigue the Vatican gets heavily involved and betrayal, death and subterfuge ensue.

CERN stands for Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire. As forerunners in computer science, they were the progenitors of the World Wide Web and have numerous revelations in science and physics to their credit. Established as the European Council for Nuclear Research it has been in existence since 1954. Ratified by twelve European nations, today CERN is most recognized for the LHD (Large Hadron Collider). The LHD is a particle accelerator and recently it has been getting a lot of attention.

The accelerator is a giant hollow ring of electromagnets with a radius of seventeen to twenty miles (27 Kilometers) buried approximately 300 feet underground. Atomic particles are accelerated to slightly below the speed of light, guided by magnets made of coils from superconductive electrical cable. For the current to achieve zero resistance the magnets are cooled to sub-space temperatures with liquid nitrogen.

The current mission of CERN is to investigate the realm of particle physics to get a better understanding of the Universe and how it began. It is said that they are trying to create a physical model of the Big Bang Theory. This project includes the discovery of the Higgs bosen or “God Particle”.

As proton particles collide and fracture they are able to understand what draws or holds matter together through discoveries of even smaller particles not yet proven to exist. Everything vibrates on an atomic level and is held together by an energy field. Simply put the Higgs particle is the universal glue that holds everything we know to be “real” together. The God particle is essentially the missing link in qualifying Higgs Field Theory and the Standard Model concept of particle physics.

The Standard Model identifies the atomic and sub-atomic building blocks of matter and the Higgs bosen is the latest discovery in the series. Christopher Petersson is a researcher from Chalmers University of Technology. His theory examines the potential of the Higgs particle to disintegrate into a photon and particles of dark matter. This discovery speaks to the unanswered questions of mass in relation to the current Standard Model.

The Metamodern Technology. CERN: Where Science, Religion and the Arts Collide.
The Large Hadron Collider at CERN.

The Standard Model does not quantify the existence of dark matter within it yet. Dark matter is a theoretical non-luminous substance that is only detectable through its field or gravitational effect on surrounding visible matter. Many cosmologists assume that dark matter makes up the majority of the Universe. If Petersson’s theory holds water, this will come closer than ever to completing the Standard Model of particle physics as we know it.

In the area of religious academia there are those who study physics and comprehend the phenomena in the Biblical sense. They perceive the God particle as the adhesive that binds all of God’s creations together, a religious metaphor to the scientific process. They believe that dark matter is akin to dark energy or evil. Many belief systems claim similar philosophical connections; that a battle constantly rages between dark and light forces; good and evil, through all eternity.

Respected and studied experts from both science and religion are apprehensive in their own way. If indeed the particle collider is being used for another purpose, for example to punch a hole through our universe and into another, the religious and scientific implications are monolithic even in comparison to the first atomic detonation.


In the discussions about metamodernism the terms deconstruction and reconstruction come to mind. In the Christian communities deconstruction is an underlying process of the Apocalypse. Followers of Shiva consider their deity as the preserver and destroyer of the Universe. Often depicted as half man, half woman he embellishes all life. Metamodern technology brings a statue of Shiva the Destroyer standing in front of CERN.

Much theory and conjecture have been applied to this. Neal De Grasse Tyson and Steven Hawking, both revered physicists, have expressed reservations about what the scientists and physicists of CERN are trying to accomplish.

Notwithstanding the differences of opinions between the religious and scientific authorities, evangelicals and other faith based groups have been referencing CERN as the Gateway to Hell and Tyson and Hawking are amply quoted by the scientific community’s most vocal antagonists.


Metamodern thinkers might agree. A relevant, noninvasive or respectful point of view might be, that science and technology are merely the quests to understand God’s miracles. Some view the creator as a symbol of Nature. Some believe in Intelligent Design rather than Darwinian Natural Selection. Atheists prefer pure science over blind faith. Ironically, Darwin’s belief in natural selection in no way swayed his belief in God. Can’t we all just get along? (wink emoticon)

”To conclude, therefore, let no man out of a weak conceit of sobriety, or an ill-applied moderation, think or maintain, that a man can search too far or be too well studied in the book of God’s word, or in the book of God’s works; divinity or philosophy; but rather let men endeavor an endless progress or proficiency in both.” – Bacon: “Advancement of Learning” as quoted in Darwin’s book, Origin of the Species.

As of this year CERN has cranked up the LHC with some controversial results. The internet is pervaded with allegations and eyewitness accounts of blue spirals in the night sky over Norway to an actual scientist disappearing and reappearing. Many people believe that a portal of some kind has been opened to a parallel universe and the faith-based are making strong connections between Biblical prophecy and the LHC.


“Symmetry” is a dance-opera film, in which CERN scientist Lukas is thrown off balance, while working on the theory of everything and the smallest particle. Through Claron’s singing he rediscovers love, in an endless landscape. She takes him back to the moment before the big bang, when time didn’t exist; a love with no end…”

Starring: Soprano Claron McFadden & choreographer Lukas Timulak.

This video has led to a multitude of allegations from the religious community. To them, Symmetry represents an example of occultist theory in practice and the worship of disingenuous entities. To anti-New World Order patriots, it represents the conquest and destruction of the population and the final assimilation of the totalitarian regime. Metamodernists describe the new age as a time of deconstruction before reconstruction and Shiva, in either manifestation, represents the destroyer.

As much as science and religion have fortified their perimeters to strengthen the compartmentalization of thought between them, the metamodernists resist any extreme commitment to either. The scientific passion play being performed at CERN has both the spiritual and scientifically pragmatic sitting on the edge of their seats; each clutching their own manifestos tightly to their chests.

There is always a bit of apprehension that comes with the excitement of discovery of a new technology. If indeed the page theory of parallel universes is correct; as in a book, each page is a universe unto its own; existing on its own separate but parallel plane, how close has CERN come to piercing through our page and into the next? And what answers to the ultimate questions of life and the cosmos will they discover?

Has our technology, as the religious portend, bitten off more than it can legitimately chew in the eyes of God? Will this pursuit ultimately end up opening the Gates of Hell, or will it bring us closer to understanding the connections between hard science and the spiritual realm or what is referred to as the metaphysical, supernatural or paranormal?

Revised attitudes of transcendentalist thought evolve with metamodern technology and the spiritual mindset. The lines between religion and science disappear as new laws of physics arrive at an exponentially faster rate. I’m a militant agnostic. I don’t know and I’m pretty sure you don’t know either. But that said, I’ll say a couple of “hail maybes” just in case and hope for the best!

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