Higgs and finnish folklore
The belief of the average physics blogger has been that Higgs has been discovered and that experimentalists are just too conservative to say it aloud. Gradually this belief has begun to shatter as I have told in previous postings.
Lubos Motl was one of the most fanatic believers in Higgs and labeled Higgs skeptics as madmen and idiots whereas I had to take the non-rewarding role of a wise guy. This wise guy appears also in finnish folklore telling about the people of "Hölmölä" and - believe or not - has name "Matti";-). I did not find any direct translation for "Hölmölä" in English. In any case, it is a village populated by friendly but rather simple fellows getting into trouble all the time and Matti has to solve their problems. I cannot avoid the feeling that physics blogs might define the counterpart for "Hölmölä" in weblore.
Name obliges and I have tried to fulfill my duty by repeatedly telling to the web villagers that this signal at 125 GeV does not look quite like Higgs and that Higgs mechanism is mathematically an extremely ad hoc and ugly manner to reproduce the particle masses. It seems that in vain.
In his last posting related to growing suspicions about the real nature of Higgs signal Lubos makes clear that those who have dared to suspect the correctness of the interpretation of 125 GeV state as Higgs, are mentally unstable. Lubos himself however considers now seriously the possibility that it is not Higgs after all, and reveals to the reader that even him - Lubos! - can be wrong!
Lubos promotes the interpretation as a "radion", a prediction of an extremely ad hoc theory known as Randall-Sundrum model deriving its respectability from the claim that its inspiration comes from string theory. Surprisingly, Lubos does not regard himself as mentally unstable whereas those who were more far sighted are such according to Lubos. Could the reason be that the radion model has been developed by Names! Or is this just a new example about the strange non-Boolean logic of Lubos? Reader perhaps remembers from the postings of Lubos that standard SUSY should have been found long time ago. Lubos also revealed the rumor about discovery of stop and hinted about possession of super-secret information about the discovery of SUSY to be revealed within few months.
In light of this reader perhaps understands why I find difficult to avoid the association between physics blog community and "Hölmölä".
Addition: Colleagues seem to be realizing that something might be wrong with the interpretation of 125 GeV signal as Higgs. For instance, J. W. Moffat suggests interpretation of 125 GeV state as pseudo-scalar analogous to pion. Also TGD based interpretation corresponds to pseudoscalar: the fact that one works 8-D context however forces to modify pseudoscalar to the analog of pseudo-vector in CP2 degrees of freedom having both neutral and charged components. Moffat does not propose charged companions.