Originally Posted by Luzian
It's a better to walk into a brick wall believing in something than to stand still believing in nothing.
In our search for truth, it's best to be skeptical about everything besides the most fundamental of assumptions. (actually, more often than not it's necessary to question even the most basic fundamentals)
And I agree with blarg that since the mathematics behind the standard model is pretty rock solid and the other particles predicted by the standard model have been discovered, there's a strong likelihood that the higgs boson would be discovered as well.
But I think there is a way to invalidate the standard model. As time goes by, if we still have no data pointing to the existence of the higgs boson, disillusioned physicists might come up with another theory which incorporates all the other discovered particle with some other explanation as to why particles have mass. And if their explanation's good enough and the predictions that theory makes are accurate, that could, in some sense "invalidate" the standard model.
However, all that's highly unlikely since there has been some data alluding to the existence of the higgs boson and the explanations given by the standard model are of a very high quality already.
Oh and vrecknidj, thanks for the links to the articles.