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Graihagh Jackson

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Will science ever tell us everything there is to know?

Every day on the news, you read of break throughs, discoveries and new findings in science. But I wonder whether one day mankind will ever be able to know everything there is to know - why the universe (or indeed multiverse) exists; why laws themselves exist; and so forth.

As science moves onwards and upwards, are there any barriers that could stop us in having a theory of everything?


Closing Statement from Graihagh Jackson

I think some of the really central points made here is that to be able to know everything, means we have to be able to measure everything. Will we ever be able to measure everything? It seems unlikely. Besides, how would we ever know we knew everything? Absolute truth is unattainable and at any rate, the nature of human curiousity will inevitably mean we will continue to search for 'truths.' It seems that the majority post and comments on this debate was no - science won't tell us everything we need to know.

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    Jan 14 2014: I don't think so we can unravel all the questions. Well we can answer most of them but some questions are so hard to answer like "Do god exist?", "Is there a limit to the universe?" so on related to astronomical science which can't be answered. Many scientists guess the answers but no physical interpretation of the answer is given which can't lock down the answer. I think so the Universe don't want to let it's heir know the answers to some of the questions and the moment we get the answer about how this world works the universe will stop itself. Leaving a huge silence!

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