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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:

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 21 2013: The answer to your question is No! Science is based on observation and responds to what it observes. Even if it satisfactorily accounts for all observations it nevertheless cannot discount an anomaly, a new inconsistent observation.

    Language collects things together under single words. It therefore seems, to me, to be a more pertinent question to ask "What can language achieve?" or perhaps "What are the limits of generalisation?"

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