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  1. #1 What could Science do with 10,000yr of unlimited support? 
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    Lets say we gave a group of the worlds greatest minds unlimited support and total control of their projects for a period of 10,000 years. What do you think they could accomplish?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Lost(in)thought
    Lets say we gave a group of the worlds greatest minds unlimited support and total control of their projects for a period of 10,000 years. What do you think they could accomplish?
    One hell of a party.


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    I would imagine by the end of that time humanity would be at the total apex of both science and evolution. We would be interplanetary within 800 years, interstellar within 3000, intergalactic soon after and more than likely interuniversal by 10,000.

    However, there is a concept of a technological 'singularity' that is estimated to occur in the next few decades, even with current restrictions, that may hinder progress.

    There's also the issue that humanity is innately geared towards desposing of each other. Unless we formed some sort of unified government, the first group to discover Cold fusion could very well be the last.






    10,000 years is a 'very' long time, look at how much we've achieved in a few
    decades, even with the hinderance of religion and morality and poverty.

    you need look no further than Nazi germany, in a few short years, a regime of true science, unhindered by ethics or religion, leaped at least two decades ahead of the rest of the world, they discovered tabaco's effect on cancer, created new ressuccetation techniques. created small radios, infrared goggles with miniature power supplies and compact generators.

    Most scientifically impressive, Nazi germany almost perfected stealth aircraft by the end of the war, something that took the rest of the world until the early 80's to achieve.
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    If neither motivated by necessity or economic gain it might not prove nearly as productive as most of us would imagine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lynx_Fox
    If neither motivated by necessity or economic gain it might not prove nearly as productive as most of us would imagine.

    Perhaps not to start with. But science at a fundamental level is about truth and understanding. Suppose tomorrow a world government formed, permitting everything in the name of science.
    This generation would not, very few people would experiment on other humans, it would take a few generations for our restrictive morals to die out. Our great granchildren would be the ones to realise "we don't know there are only 152 elements" and seek to find them, or to realise "we still can't use cryogenics" and strive to find how to succeed, at any cost.


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    10,000 years is a 'very' long time, look at how much we've achieved in a few
    decades, even with the hinderance of religion and morality and poverty.

    you need look no further than Nazi germany, in a few short years, a regime of true science, unhindered by ethics or religion, leaped at least two decades ahead of the rest of the world, they discovered tabaco's effect on cancer, created new ressuccetation techniques. created small radios, infrared goggles with miniature power supplies and compact generators.
    Most scientifically impressive, Nazi germany almost perfected stealth aircraft by the end of the war, something that took the rest of the world until the early 80's to achieve.


    Suppose tomorrow a world government formed, permitting everything in the name of science.
    This generation would not, very few people would experiment on other humans, it would take a few generations for our restrictive morals to die out. Our great granchildren would be the ones to realise "we don't know there are only 152 elements" and seek to find them, or to realise "we still can't use cryogenics" and strive to find how to succeed, at any cost.
    Necessity and Economy are only relevant when they are needed, or when people remember what it was like to need them

    I was thinking of a more kinder and gentler scientific utopia, in this though experiment you have a 10,000 year time frame, complete control and unlimited resources.
    There is no reason to inject cruelty and pure evil into this post!
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    But science at a fundamental level is about truth and understanding.
    I agree, but it's not enough to fire a vigorous purposeful research in any area.

    Suppose tomorrow a world government formed, permitting everything in the name of science.
    This generation would not, very few people would experiment on other humans, it would take a few generations for our restrictive morals to die out.
    I don't see connection between world government and a loss of morals. For the most party professional scientific communities develop their own code of ethics with input from society sometimes completely without government involvement.
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