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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 23 2013: First of all, I wish that I could put aside more time for this site, TED. I find the people here fascinating and eager to put forward their inner thoughts. In our everyday life, at least in mine, this kind of frankness is difficult.... ok, before I rumble further I shall address this question.
    My answer to this is NO. When one implies in the origin of EVERYTHING that would have to mean just that, EVERYTHING with nothing left behind, the likes of, 'where does the universe come from, and beyond that, and beyond that, and so on and so on'.... if we go back, far back in time, we will approach a period where there is no time. Since there is no time, how can science or any other doctrine answer that question??...... yes, yes, I have read other contributions to this question, and, I respect all these views however, I find that some wander way off the topic.... interesting the same. :)

    Cheers

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