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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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  • Feb 7 2014: For others following this conversation

    The reference I made in regard 1 Human brain cell being 1 unit of the brain, and the math, was not meant as a personal remark; rather It was I think, a good example in relation to exemplifying imperial accuracy, as opposed to decimal approximation. I did not realize until shortly afterwards, that it could and probably would be taken personally, which on receiving the post, it obviously was; no matter, and no apology extended.

    The point being, in regard to the decimal system, is that e.g. 99 cents does not equate with 1 whole Unit of $1.00, and this is the basis of capitalistic profit, relative to imperial measurements in regard to goods, and e.g. the British pound being changed from 240 pennyweights of gold to 100 "etc."

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