Tom Caylor writes:
I should make another point, that it seems very likely that the worm has no
way of developing the in-apple technology to find out about quantum
mechanics or DNA. This emphasizes the fact that we, with our quantum
theories, M-theories, and loop gravity etc. could be just as far away from
explaining the universe as the worm is.
We're very ambitious on this list, aiming for the One True Theory which will
explain the universe. It's fair enough to keep this in mind as the ultimate
goal, but you have to remember that every generation of scientists has
thought this goal was just in reach, no matter how simplistic and just plain
wrong their theories have turned out to be. It isn't just scientists who
have thought this way either; theologians and philosophers have also
regularly come up with Theories of Everything, or Everything Except a Few
Minor Details. Given this history, can we really be certain at the start of
the 21st century that our present knowledge and theories are somehow
fundamentally different to all that has come before?
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