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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?

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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: Hello Graihagh,
    I LOVE your profile pic....I LOVE flowers:>)

    I believe the only "barrier" that could stop scientific exploration from continuing, is if all humans were no longer curious, which does not seem like a probability. Curiosity is one of the underlying factors which motivates exploration, and I believe humans will continue to explore on deeper and deeper levels, so science will provide information at different times and different levels, and there will always be more to explore:>)
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      Jan 23 2014: Thank you - bluebells remind me the woods near my home.

      Your sentiments remind me of a brilliant (and rather surprising) quote from a theoretical physicist called Laura Mersini Houghton.

      At about 2.30 minutes into this video, she something quite poetic. Something along the lines of " the moment we understand everything, it will be the end of humanity"
      http://iai.tv/video/why-the-world-exists

      In a way, very true.
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        Jan 23 2014: I have them in my gardens Graihagh, many varieties grow wild and cultivated, and are all very lovely:>)

        Thanks for the link to the debate. My perception for myself, is that the human adventure is for the purpose of learning, growing and evolving as an individual, while contributing to the whole. So, I agree with Laura, that if we understand everything, there probably is not much purpose for the human life experience.

        When people think they "know", they often stop exploring, and get "stuck" in what they think they "know". For me personally, to stop exploring with curiosity, means that I have stopped truly living.
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          Jan 23 2014: do you believe in god, colleen? If god understands everything, is there any purpose for god's existence?
        • Jan 24 2014: Hi Colleen

          Re your post quote: Thanks for the link to the debate. My perception for myself, is that the human adventure is for the purpose of learning, growing and evolving as an individual, while contributing to the whole. So, I agree with Laura, that if we understand everything, there probably is not much purpose for the human life experience.

          A little over 2000 years ago, it was called "The Way" however it could equally have been called "The Why"; or for that matter "The Quest".

          Cheers Carl

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