TED Conversations

Emily Baker

The Institute of Art and Ideas

This conversation is closed.

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:

http://iai.tv/video/the-origin-of-everything

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?

Share:

Showing single comment thread. View the full conversation.

  • thumb
    Apr 19 2013: G'day Emily

    Look how just in the last hundred years how science has evolved in creating new science techniques to rediscovering ourselves all over again, if you look back a hundred years ago most of the world was still getting around on horse back or horse drawn carriages & so on......... Do we need to hold on to part of the mystery? What for because there will always be a mystery to figure out because nothing ever stays the same.

    Love
    Mathew

Showing single comment thread. View the full conversation.