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Philosophers blog about the discovery of the Higgs boson

Tuomas Tahko (Helsinki) talks about the philosophical significance here, and Zachary Ernst (Missouri) talks about the practical significance here. 
From Tahko:
Philosophically, perhaps the most interesting question is this: how do we know that the physicists are talking about the same thing when they debate the properties and the existence of the Higgs boson? There is certainly some common ground between the disputants, such as the Standard Model of quantum mechanics, but that is hardly sufficient to ensure that the disputants are indeed talking about the same thing, since the discovered boson may not even be the Standard Model Higgs (we will hopefully know in a couple of months).
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