Why is it that people say the LHC will either find the higgs particle or prove that the higgs particle doesn't exist? If it does find the higgs particle, then one could say that it exists. But, if it doesn't find the higgs, it means that the higgs particle doesn't exist. It's like a fortune telling trick.
How come no one said these thing about the other particle accelerators? And how long does the machine have to run before we declare that the LHC hasn't found the higgs particle? Right now people say the LHC hasn't found it because the probability quarks smashing into each other is very low, such an event is rare.
Also, if the LHC finds the higgs, then would their be any reasons to keep making bigger particle accelerators?
Additional questions: How do the detectors work? Are they looking for disruptions in the magnetic field? But then how do they detect neutrally charged particles like neutrinos? And how would they detect a higgs particle?