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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 22 2014: I agree with the point you are making; theoretically speaking, we do need an end or at least a less hasty progress at the moment, at least in some fields other then medicine. But in reality, it's not gonna happen.
    We can consider science for public use, and science for the sake of science. I believe in none of the senses the hasty rush to reach more, and to find out more, and to discover more is gonna come to an end or even slower down; I see it as an accelerating movement with an increasing acceleration.
    Stephen Hawking has a short article on a similar topic, which I find very helpful.

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