Originally posted by DeepThought
Towards the end of the 19th Century someone claimed that all of physics was known and that all that remained was to measure fundamental constants. Then they discovered electron diffraction...
The notion that we are at the end of what can be understood is fairly ludicrous, the problem is that to probe higher energy scales would require an unbelievably ...[text shortened]... cost an insane amount of money to build. So, in a sense, the article belongs in Yahoo finance.
Physics probably has a limit, in that it will never be able to ultimately answer "why".; However, I doubt it can ever run out of "How's" and
Its pretty neat to picture yourself as a organizational structure of sub-atomic particles/waves (whatever they are at that level) in constant communication with the universe connecting "you" to everything else in it (that is also effectively "you"
, effecting the state of the system. Will physics someday calculate our purpose ( our contribution to the net effect or end state of the universe)? I somehow doubt it. The only thing that can do a calculation like that is the system (universe) itself. Perhaps that is our purpose. Maybe this is just a simulation. At some point we may just hit a virtual wall, and find out that our "laws of physics" are not absolute at all (just a highly intelligent programmers code), and that we are not truly conscious. I can imagine a highly intelligent robot would struggle with with similar problems of consciousness that we encounter in the depths of our own consciousness. That's probably why we innately fear AI, because in deep places we don't talk about at parties (to often) we know its true. Why else is there such a strong guttural and negative (almost nauseating) response to this concept? So anyhow, I do personally believe when we get to that point physics will have an end and we will go insane. Until then, Cheers!