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Is the age of scientific discovery ending?

By T.K. Randall
September 26, 2010 · Comment icon 40 comments



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The limits of the human mind may make future discoveries more and more difficult, warn scientists.
As our knowledge of the universe grows so too does the complexities of furthering that knowledge, even now we are finding some areas so difficult to approach that we require more and more complex machines such as the Large Hadron Collider to even begin to tackle them.
Experts say the “low hanging fruit” of scientific knowledge, such as the laws of motion and gravity, was attained using simple methods in previous centuries, leaving only increasingly impenetrable problems for modern scientists to solve.


Source: Telegraph | Comments (40)


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Comment icon #31 Posted by regeneratia 13 years ago
The age of scientific discovery is not ending, the end of scientists who know how to do science may be. Many scientists seem to be religionists now, they tell us "The science is settled," they tell us, "Consensus is on our side," they say it's justifiable to keep whatever data they don't agree with out of the peer reviewed journals, they think it's OK to pervert the peer review process, they play with words interchanging meanings in the middle of conversations, they applaud the firing of scientists who disagree with the prevailing view. Those are the actions of a religious zealot, not a scient... [More]
Comment icon #32 Posted by thermodynamics 13 years ago
And sciences is expanding at such a rapid pace. You have to make a point of keeping up or you will be left behind. The theory that we have tapped out science capacity is merely a reflection of people not keeping up with all the new science, so rapid is it's pace, that they think new science is no longer there. fully agree, but what you mean by "I admit to merely being on the edges of science, but i do see where it is going."?
Comment icon #33 Posted by regeneratia 13 years ago
fully agree, but what you mean by "I admit to merely being on the edges of science, but i do see where it is going."? I am not a scientist, but merely a fan of science. I married a scientist tho. And I read daily new research.
Comment icon #34 Posted by thermodynamics 13 years ago
I am not a scientist, but merely a fan of science. I married a scientist tho. And I read daily new research. Ok..I see! Thanks for the clarification, at the moment I am just a wannabe Scientist myself
Comment icon #35 Posted by regeneratia 13 years ago
Ok..I see! Thanks for the clarification, at the moment I am just a wannabe Scientist myself i highly encourage you to stay the course. There will come a day when society is slave to science.
Comment icon #36 Posted by thermodynamics 13 years ago
i highly encourage you to stay the course. There will come a day when society is slave to science. Well, arent we now already
Comment icon #37 Posted by regeneratia 13 years ago
That may be why there are people presently that WANT us to think Science is dead.
Comment icon #38 Posted by Wickian 13 years ago
i highly encourage you to stay the course. There will come a day when society is slave to science. We're already slave's to technology, but not science. Science is just knowledge and understanding, the most harm it can do is when corrupt individuals use science(or lies that are disguised as science) to influence our government's officials.
Comment icon #39 Posted by IamsSon 13 years ago
I can tell you this much: No matter what will be discovered in the future it will not disprove evolution nor prove intelligent design. So you won't like it either. Well, if it meant anything in the eternal scheme of things it would be something to worry about, but...meh.What is sad is that we're happily corrupting a process that has allowed us to learn so much.
Comment icon #40 Posted by regeneratia 13 years ago
We're already slave's to technology, but not science. Science is just knowledge and understanding, the most harm it can do is when corrupt individuals use science(or lies that are disguised as science) to influence our government's officials. It certainly appears our government officials are pretty darned ea$y to influence!! Too darned ea$y.


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