There is no higgs boson, string theory, alternate universes, big crunches, and likely no big bang for that matter.
All of this is related to the human obsession with void, and something springing from it, because of the endless fascination with time+creation. Humans cannot conceive of something existing that had no beginning because they themselves began.
It's just another Oedipal offshoot of the obsession with creation.
Absolute nihlism is absolutely useless. But hey, if you want to stick your head in a hole in the ground, and deny the existance of everything, and thus claim all we do is without meaning, and we might as well give up on all we believe we know and ever will, go right ahead.
I am full of wonder, curiosity, and a yearning to understand the world, and its inhabitants. The difference between those grasping onto what is essentially science fiction out of vanity and the need to justify their own existence and myself is that I have recognized that PROVEN science offers enough material to study and learn without drifting into Star Trek technobabblography.
None of these so-called advanced explanations of the universe have even a shred of proof attached. Believing in string theory, alternate universes, higgs boson, and their ilk; and the key term there is BELIEF, is no different than claiming that because we are increasing the earth's temperature, that an eventual global dessertification is impending. This is the practice of using an isolated fact to support a wild theory whose foundation has thousands of other nails besides the aforementioned fact, which then gives the illusion of discovery.
I can look at the efficiency of design in my dog, the wonder of an infants speech development, or the stupefying and integral nature of the water cycle and feel infinite wonder and awe.