We shouldn’t be here. According to astrophysics, our Milky Way galaxy doesn’t contain enough stuff to ever have formed. But here we are, so that causes sort of a dilemma for scientists. To fix this problem, they’ve hypothesized a substance called dark matter. That’s all the extra stuff our galaxy needs to make it work right. But what is dark matter? There are some theories, and a couple of them go by names such as super symmetry and superstring theory. These are super names to match their super expectations. (Here's a video on super symmestry).
Super symmetry says there is another entire level of fundamental particles such as electrons and quarks. They would be very heavy, mirror particles called selectrons and squarks. Super symmetry has gained support from superstring theory, which is an attempt to explain particle physics, gravity, and relativity all in one big theory. And it had some nice provisions for super symmetry. There has been a lot of hope for super symmetry and superstrings, because another level of heavy particles would go a long way towards explaining all the dark matter in our galaxy, and that just for starters. Unfortunately, researchers at the Large Hadron Collider presented evidence last week that throws super symmetry and superstring theory into doubt. They observed one of the rarest events in particle physics, and it did not progress according to the expectations of those theories.
The possible failure of super symmetry and superstrings raises even bigger questions. Science distinguished itself from religion because those who practiced followed a strict regimen of experimentation, called the scientific method. But the cosmos has turned out to be stranger place than anyone ever expected. Quantum physics, relativity, dark matter, and dark energy have presented special challenges to traditional science. Physicists are in need of new ways of looking at the world around us, such as searching for the Theory of Everything. They are beginning to sound more like mystics. Many theories, such as the multiverse, branes, and superstring theory, share more with religion than science. Critics of the multiverse, for example, say there is no way conduct an experiment to test a multiverse hypothesis. Is this, then, still science? Some practitioners, rather than accepting the limitations of the scientific method, are blurring the boundaries and instead devising new religions. Science’s super dilemma, as I see it, is that science has limitations. Alone, it can never fully explain the world around us. Human beings will always need religion.