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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 15 2014: Honestly, I think that humanity as a whole will never "know everything there is to know." Heck, I don't even know what I had for breakfast yesterday.

    All humor aside, science provides a collective framework for understanding the universe. This framework is constantly expanding or being torn down to accommodate for new theories and breakthroughs, with the biggest limitations being the human mind and technology. Perhaps there will be a day where the "singularity" occurs, and artificial intelligence surpasses human intelligence. Yet it is likely that even with the aid of artificial intelligence, we would still be limited by our own capabilities of understanding the universe.

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