Mass, Spirit, and Substance

Read this today in a Times op-ed piece by Brian Greene, Waiting for the Higgs Particle:

“Higgs thus suggested a rewriting of the very definition of nothingness, filling otherwise empty space with a substance capable of bestowing upon particles their mass.”

Haven’t we heard something like this before? —Wasn’t it the carpenter Joseph’s son who suggested a rewriting of the very definition of nothingness, at least that of our lives up until then, and in so doing didn’t he fill the otherwise empty spaces where we were living with a spirituality or holy ghost whose presence would bestow upon us our “mass” or substance?

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