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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 22 2013: Science, as currently understood, cannot uncover the origin of everything. It's ken of expertise and instrumentation, measurement and theory, is tone-deaf to the primacy of consciousness in the evolution of the universe. Unitary consciousness is the ultimate source and origin of everything that there is. By looking for consciousness as an epiphenomenon emerging out of neural networks, scientists are looking for it through the wrong end of the cosmoscope. Till they correct this fatal fallacy in their world-view, till they recognize that consciousness is the perennial subject that refuses to be objectified by their theories, the mystery of the ultimate origin will elude their most diligent searches.

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