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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 21 2013: No. There is a domain of questions science can answer which is smaller than every possible question. Other questions may simply not be answerable, or require non science to answer them according to the question itself.

    I think science can answer where our universe came from and where we came from. I do not think it is possible to say whether it would be too dry until we know what the explanation is. But the explanation will be what it will be, whether or not we find it too dry.

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