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    I have been on this forum for some time. I encountered some questions which are impossible for me to understand and I possess no capability to solve them. So when not answered people resort to philosophy to evade.

    And I ask you to put your similar questions unable to be answered , here

    1- What is life?

    2- What is largest number humans have been able to count even with any device/computer?

    3- what was before Big Bang?!

    4- Can we understand a human being fully?


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    5. Why do some people turn to religions as to answer the unknown ?

    6. How many galaxies are there ?


    ~ But ; To Precious Siraj.. Some of those questions have answers established as scientific theory and thus far tested as real..


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    Quote Originally Posted by precious siraj View Post
    So when not answered people resort to philosophy to evade.
    There is a difference between saying "this question is not a science question, but one of philosophy" and evading answering a question. If you ask philosophical questions you must expect - if you want honesty - philosophical questions. Complaining about this is evading reality.

    1. Life has a vast number of definitions, most of which share many common elements. Any definition you find in a good quality biology textbook should be close enough for most purposes. What do you find unsatisfactory about these?

    2. What do you mean by count? I am guessing you do not mean represent.

    3. Before the Big Bang? We don't know. We don't even know if before has any meaning in this context. That is not evading an answer. That is not pushing you towards philosophy. That is giving you an accurate account of our current knowledge. Why do you find that problematic?

    4. I can't even understand my wife partly, so my estimate is "no". More seriously, what do you mean by understand? (And fully?)
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    Quote Originally Posted by John Galt View Post
    There is a difference between saying "this question is not a science question, but one of philosophy" and evading answering a question. If you ask philosophical questions you must expect - if you want honesty - philosophical questions. Complaining about this is evading reality.
    Yes. you are right. But lets not confuse matters. i am very clear. Evading to philosophy while lacking in matter ,is usually trait which I have observed in my actual life.

    2. What do you mean by count? I am guessing you do not mean represent.
    I mean when you count, how large number you can imagine , or are able to write/count. even scientific notation can be used. this number may represent any quantity/idea etc.

    3. Before the Big Bang? We don't know. We don't even know if before has any meaning in this context. That is not evading an answer. That is not pushing you towards philosophy. That is giving you an accurate account of our current knowledge. Why do you find that problematic?
    No , I have no problem with this.

    4. I can't even understand my wife partly, so my estimate is "no". More seriously, what do you mean by understand? (And fully?)
    It is puzzling and astonishment that engulf me, while I try to understand myself. I lack vision (or frame of reference) to measure myself through any instrument. See I am evading the real question too.

    Other questions which seem untouchable and baffle me

    7- What is reality? and what is relative and absolute in actual sense?

    8- what is infinity?

    9- Is there any ET life on any other planet in any other solar system in galaxy?
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    JG, what baffle you. is it vastness of universe? what are your secret questions?
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    I have a book on probability and random variables. In it there is a quote I find cute:

    This terse account of our program gives rise to a few questions of detail, which we address
    here, as follows. Do we in fact need to know what probability `really' is? The
    answer here is, of course, no. We only need our model to describe what we observe. It is
    the same in physics; we do not need to know what mass really is to use Newton's or
    Einstein's theories. This is just as well, because we do not know what mass really is. We
    still do not know even what light `really' is. Questions of reality are best left for
    philosophers to argue over, for ever.


    Bold mine.


    Oh, and shorter than a Planck time for gravitational waves that may have been detected by the BICEP2 telescope aside, we can't say anything meaningful about the early universe until after one Planck time. It also baffles me that, if a closed string -in string theory- has the circumference of one Planck length, what is its diameter?
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    I have been on this forum for some time. I encountered some questions which are impossible for me to understand and I possess no capability to solve them. So when not answered people resort to philosophy to evade.
    There's always going to be questions that cannot be answered by science but can be understood at least somewhat by philosophy. Perhaps one day someone will find out the facts that can answer questions that today can't be answered. I realise that there are always going to be questions that today don't have answers but will keep in mind there's someone out there who is looking for it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by precious siraj View Post
    I have been on this forum for some time. I encountered some questions which are impossible for me to understand and I possess no capability to solve them. So when not answered people resort to philosophy to evade.

    And I ask you to put your similar questions unable to be answered , here

    1- What is life?

    2- What is largest number humans have been able to count even with any device/computer?

    3- what was before Big Bang?!

    4- Can we understand a human being fully?
    These are pretty big questions.

    There are about 25,000 scientific journals that publish about 1,350,000 articles a year (2006) and that number is increasing. If you google any science journal and look at the titles, you will not see ones like "Understanding Humans Fully" or "What is Life?."

    They have titles like this:

    Structures of the human and Drosophila 80S ribosome

    Dusty starburst galaxies in the early Universe as revealed by gravitational lensing

    Optical Addressing of an individual erbium ion in silicon

    Barium distribution in teeth reveal early-life dietary transitions in primates

    Modulation of TET2 expression and 5-methylcyctosine oxidation by CXXC domain protein IDAX

    Severe stress switches CRF action in nucleus accumbus from appetitive to aversive.

    Filamentous bacteria transport electrons over centimetre distances

    Hippocampal-cortical interaction during periods of subcortical silence

    The catalytic mechanism for aerobic formation of methane by bacteria

    Changes in global nitrogen cycling during the Holocene epoch

    The genomic signature of dog domestication reveals adaptation to starch rich diet.

    Differential stem and progenitor cell trafficking by prostaglandin E2.

    Autophagosomes for at ER-mitochondia contact sites.

    Sodium content as a predictor of the advanced evolution of globular cluster stars

    The spin Hall effect in quantum gas

    Heat dissipation in atomic-scale junctions

    In vivo cardiac reprogramming contributes to zebrafish heart regeneration

    Structure and function of Zucchini endoribonuclease in piRNA biogenesis

    Elastic energy storage in the shoulder and the evolution of high speed throwing in Homo

    De novo mutations in histone-modifying genes inIL congenital heart disease

    R1P1-driven autoinflammation targets -1a independently of inflammasomes and RIP3

    Vector transmission regulates immune control of Plasmodium virulence

    The bromodomain protein Brd4 insulates chromatin from DNA damage signalling

    Glucose-TOR signalling reprograms the transcriptome and activates meristems

    Discrete clouds of neutral gas between the galaxies M31 and M33

    Formation of a topological non-Fermi liquid in MnSi

    M-CSF instructs myeloid lineage fate in single haematopoietic stem cells

    Meis1 regulates postnatal cardiomyocyte cell cycle arrest.

    Thymu8s-derived regulatory T cells contribute to tolerance to commensal micobiota

    Multi-periodic pulsations of a stripped red-giant star in eclipsing binary system

    Entanglement between light and optical atomic excitation

    Oroc mutant mosquitoes lose strong preference for humans and are not repelled by volatile DEET

    In vivo cardiac reprogramming contributes to zebrafish heart regeneration

    Severe malaria is associated with parasite binding to endothelial protein C receptor

    No-synaptic inhibition between grouped neurons in an olfactory circuit

    Controlled-reflectance surfaces with film-coupled colloidal nanoantennas

    Continous gas-phase synthesis of nanowires with tunable properties.

    Identification of rudimentary neural cre3st in a non-vertebrate chordate

    Fucose sensing regulates bacterial intestinal colonization

    The calcium-sensing receptor regulates the NLRP3 inflammasome through ca2+ and cAMP

    B12 cofactors directly stabilize an mRNA switch

    An alternative route to cyclic terpenses by reductive cyclization in iridoid biosynthesis

    Evaporative cooling of the dipolar hydroxal radical

    Fractionalized excitations in the spin-liquid state of a kagome-lattice antiferromagnet

    Quasi-cylindrical wave contribution in experiements on extraordinary optical transmission

    Flicking gives early warning signals of a critical transition to a eutropic lake

    Repeated polyploidization of Gossypium genomes and the evolution of spinnable cotton fibres.

    Ventral tegmental area GABA projections pause accumbal cholinergic interneurons to enhance associative learning

    Room-temperature ferroelectricity in suprmolecular networks of charge-transfer complexes.

    Mutations in the profiling 1 gene cause familial amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

    A subset of dopamine neurons signals reward for odour memory inDrosophila

    The human CST complex is a terminator of telomerase activity

    Hard-X-ray emission lines from decay of 44Ti in the remnant of supernova 1987A

    Zinc isotope evidence for origin of the Moon

    Circuit quantum electrodynamics with a spin qubit

    Bonding and structure of a reconstructed (001) surface of SrTi03 from TEM

    Coastal eutrophication as a driver of salt marsh loss

    Delayed build-up of Artic ice sheets during 400,00 year minima in isolation variability

    Water structural transformation at molecular hydrophobic interfaces

    An early and enduring advanced technology originating 71,000 years ago in South Africa.

    Synaptic amplification by dendritic spines enhances input cooperatively


    Sometimes there are major shifts in thinking as with Darwin or Einstein, but even those are confirmed by evidence from individual experiments that ask one or two very specific questions. Science progresses one particle experiment, one enzymatic pathway, one cell membrane receptor protein at a time. The answers to big questions like "what is life?" or "what is the origin of the universe" or "what is consciousness" are based on the accumulation of all of this stuff. It can't always be neatly and perfectly summed up in a complete, yet tidy answer.
    And I supposed that's where philosophy sometimes gets involved, in assigning value or significance to the answers that science finds.
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    Quote Originally Posted by precious siraj View Post
    JG, what baffle you. is it vastness of universe? what are your secret questions?
    I am a pragmatist. I am not disturbed by the absence of answers to some of the more profound questions. I should like to live long enough to know the answers, but I shall not. I hope that a far distant descendant may one day know - and that's good enough for me.

    Meanwhile I do worry about such things as, where do ball point pens go to? Why is there only one Monopolies Commission? Why is abbreviation such a long word?
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    Quote Originally Posted by precious siraj View Post
    1- What is life?
    A great annoyance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GoldenRatio View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by precious siraj View Post
    1- What is life?
    A great annoyance.
    it is relative.
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    A greater annoyance is reviving a 5 year old thread with a reply that really adds nothing to the discussion...
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