Can science explain everything?

“Nearly all scientists are ‘reductionists’ in so far as they think that everything, however complicated, obeys the basic equations of physics. But even if we had a hypercomputer that could solve those equations for (say) breaking waves, migrating birds or human brains, an atomic-level explanation wouldn’t yield the enlightenment we really seek. The brain is an assemblage of cells, and a painting is an assemblage of chemical pigment. But in both cases, what’s important and interesting is the pattern and structure – the emergent complexity.”From “Even a theory of everything has limits“, Martin Rees, Telegraph, 11 September 2012

In this article Martin Rees, the astronomer royal, argues that the search for an overarching system may be misguided. 

 

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