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Emily Baker

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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:

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?

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    Apr 19 2013: I think the reason the Higgs Boson was nicknamed The God Particle was because it was believed that proof of its existence would make Man like God. I think Stephen Hawking said God would no longer be necessary. The point is that to know Everything would make Man God. That cannot be, so the answer is NO, science may conjure-up a Theory of Everything, but science (Man) cannot uncover the origin (operation, purpose and fate) of Everything. God's ways are not our ways.
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        Apr 22 2013: Thanks, Chris, for posting this link. I was also aware of this origin of the label in popular culture for the Higgs Boson, but it is a great example of how the public can be misled by the spin some people- journalists and others- like to give to science stories, either for entertainment value, for commercial value, or to promote an ideology..

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