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    The Science Thread

    The topic to discuss all things science. The purpose of this thread is to:

    - Primarily: Discuss, post information about, and (when applicable) debate recent scientific endeavors, research, and developments.
    - Post scientific or science related questions and work together with other members to answer them.
    - Speculate and argue longstanding scientific problems and challenges.


    To get the thread started, I pose this question as a possible "ice breaker": What is the future of theoretical physics? Have we reached the near limits of human understanding of natures laws and workings, or are there still new breakthroughs to be made?

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    Zeta Members ram's Avatar
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    hmmm... i don't really know. as i see it there might be, or there might be not.
    probably all that's left is theories to be proven.

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    I don't think we're nearing the limit. There's still more that can be discovered. All we need is the person or persons who will make that discovery and implement it.

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    Ooh, we're nowhere near the limit. Especially with super-small things. When theoretical physics overlaps with the realm of molec & cell biology (technically chemistry, even), we're basically cavemen dumping materials into the system and wondering what will happen.

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    I can see more technology coming, but I don't see it being very applicable.

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    Physics can't be distorted right? Or is that only the Laws of Physics?

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    Whenever I think about space, I think about how it's constantly expanding. But at what pace? What's beyond the expansion? What if we really are the only intelligent life in this galaxy, there's a chance that could be true. Oh also, gravity has no effect on me *lunges off a building*

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slurpee View Post
    Physics can't be distorted right? Or is that only the Laws of Physics?
    That depends.

    Quantum mechanics lets everything happen. If you could manipulate sub-atomic matter in certain ways you could (in theory) do pretty much anything. We're far, far, far away from having anything like that sort of level of technology, though. Once we had that sort of thing we would pretty much be God.

    Quote Originally Posted by GunZet
    What if we really are the only intelligent life in this galaxy
    It's possible. But the fact that humans exist makes it seem likely that it's possible for other intelligent life out there somewhere in the universe, maybe even if it doesn't exist in this galaxy.
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    actually some people already accepted the theories as facts, and i believe there's already a theory for every single thing.
    that's why i said were maybe nearing the limit or maybe were not.

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    Theories are just frameworks to fit facts into. Of course there are loads of them. Doesn't mean problems won't be discovered with these theories in future.
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