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Emily Baker

The Institute of Art and Ideas

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Can science uncover the origin of everything?

I started thinking about this when I came across this quote by Einstein:

“It would be possible to describe everything scientifically, but it would make no sense; it would be without meaning, as if you described a Beethoven symphony as a variation of wave pressure.”

And then I found this talk about the boundaries between science and philosophy when it comes to explaining the universe and nothingness:


So what do you think? Can science satisfy our craving for knowledge about our origins? Or would it be too dry? Do we need to hang on to a part of mystery?


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    Apr 18 2013: Life without mystery, one with no questions left to seek the answers too because science had answered them would be without excitement and would not allow new discovery. Loads of things over the years have been discovered /created by accident out of curiosity, exploration and wanting answers. Science is a brilliant thing, but other things such as faith and the meaning of life have more value and substance, and they revolve around us hanging onto the mystery.
    I think that the roots of science is philosophy, and vice versa. Without science, people wouldn't form new questions, but without those questions people wouldn't seek to find meaning or sense of them.

    I much prefer being somewhat clueless to the unknown and even if science could uncover more than it is able to do so currently, I would want to know. Naivety is Bliss.

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