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Can our brains handle the theory of everything?

Posted on Monday, 14 June, 2010 | Comment icon 37 comments | News tip by: Still Waters

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A top scientist has warned that the limits of the human brain may prevent us from learning the secrets of the universe.

President of the Royal Society Lord Rees has suggested that answers to some of the greatest mysteries in the universe may be simply beyond what our brains are able to handle.

"The limitations of the human brain mean some of the biggest mysteries of the universe may never be solved, a top scientist has claimed."

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Comment icon #28 Posted by Jack_of_Blades on 15 June, 2010, 12:15
Limitations of human brain mean we may never understand the secrets of... Lady Gaga Step 1: Do something bizarre and spastic Step 2: ??? Step 3: Profit Well, isn't that why we've developed technology? I'm sure if we last long enough we'll find ways to artificially enhance our brains or develop AI's to do creative thinking beyond our natural limits. Let's assume (some point in the future) that we have developed a super computer that has the ability to understand and process the greatest mysteries in life; would it be able to explain it to us in a way that we could comprehend? Ok, since no one i... [More]
Comment icon #29 Posted by Trog on 16 June, 2010, 1:10
Charles Darwin may have been right , in which case we are just big hairy dumb animals .... But I think Mr Gold is on the right track , we will eventually evolve , we aren't there yet , and at this point in time we don't understand the mysteries of the universe .... But one day humans will.
Comment icon #30 Posted by danielost on 16 June, 2010, 1:39
the human brain is limited, the group brain is not,
Comment icon #31 Posted by Node on 16 June, 2010, 2:46
Large scale universal thinking is better than thinking about what one may want to go shop for or what one may go do today. Simple thinking is boring. I can only be enthused at the thought of trying to figure the ways of a complex universe. What does the universe consist of? Matter, energy, organic matter and most likely anti-matter. knowing this we can draw a bigger picture of what we are here to do. Most likely we are living within a bigger organic being within a bigger and on and on. Since life here on Earth revolves around the sun which will one day die and become a dwarf or possibly a blac... [More]
Comment icon #32 Posted by StarMountainKid on 16 June, 2010, 4:48
I like the enthusiasm of your reply, but I think our sun has about 5 billion or so years of life left, although it may cause us problems before that. Will we be around then? In the visible universe I don't think astronomers have found any anti-matter floating around. That's one of the questions cosmologists wonder about. How do you know that the speed of light has changed? Whatever else, I certainly agree the human race is doomed in the far future (or maybe not so far future) for many reasons. We need to plan our escape befor it's too late!! Oh, what has all this to do with the possible limita... [More]
Comment icon #33 Posted by toastedmarshmellow on 16 June, 2010, 5:27
we could just be of course "overthinking"
Comment icon #34 Posted by Bliszter on 16 June, 2010, 21:40
We will learn them... EVENTUALLY
Comment icon #35 Posted by Fernand0 on 17 June, 2010, 1:30
Let's assume (some point in the future) that we have developed a super computer thathas the ability to understand and process the greatest mysteries in life; would it be able to explain it to us in a way that we could comprehend? The smartest humans, such as Einstein, only use 10% of their mental capacity. Genetic engineering can unlock that 90%.http://www.humansfuture.org/genetic_engineering_human_brain.php.htm The computer itself can be a neural implant. The only limitation is the ethical considerations of making humans unnaturally intelligent, not that it's impossible. http://en.wikipedia.o... [More]
Comment icon #36 Posted by Justin Hanson on 20 June, 2010, 2:05
There is already be a mathematical theory proposed by a theoretical physicist named Garret Lisi that very well could unify the four forces of our universe which are gravity, electromagnetism, strong force, and weak force. Physicists have been trying to achieve this for a long time and most have given up. In the first episode of the new science channel show Through the Wormhole, Garret Lisi is introduced and he explains his theory that could unlock the secrets of our universe. There is still undiscovered elementary particles such as the Higg Boson and the Graviton that scientists are trying ver... [More]
Comment icon #37 Posted by emily77 on 29 June, 2010, 15:10
Hehe... Maybe we should build a giant super computer and put it to work for 7.5 million years to be sure the answer really is 42.

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