• Question: To all scientist abroad; How could any of you guys/gals live with understanding mentally that not everything can be explained with science? ~Peyton

    Asked by PedroLovesSceince to Zoe, Lindsay, Kenzi, Jeff, Avani on 11 May 2015.
    • Photo: Zoe GetmanPickering

      Zoe GetmanPickering answered on 11 May 2015:

      I believe that everything can be explainable by science. It definitely isn’t all explainable at the moment, and I love and hate that. There is mystery and things left to discover, which is wonderful. Every time we answer a big question in science we find one hundred more questions that need an answer. The more we learn the more we realize we don’t know anything and that is really really frustrating, but exciting at the same time.

    • Photo: Jeff Shi

      Jeff Shi answered on 12 May 2015:

      To add on what Zoe’s saying, one of the very best things about science is that we will never have all the answers – and that’s what keeps science and us researchers going. New mysteris are just new challenges to tackle, and they come up all the time.

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      K. Lindsay Hunter answered on 12 May 2015:

      I agree with Zoe that theoretically everything is *potentially* explainable if we are able to gather sufficient evidence about the phenomenon in question.

      However, as someone that studies the distant past, I do have a worry that some things are simply gone and we’ll never know certain kinds of information about them. We may learn a LOT about some aspects, but probably not EVERYTHING. It is likely, for instance, that we will simply never know what it was like to be one of the first minds awake in the universe and thinking in a way different from other animals. That makes m sad, but it also makes for exciting daydreams about what that might be like!

      So, it’s extremely frustrating, but it also means that as scientists, we must be extremely creative about the ways that we approach things like the past, in order to learn as much about it as we can from our vantage point in the present. This means that we often do a lot of studying “around” a big question, if we can’t answer it directly.

      Over time, as science advances, we often are able to approach “mysteries” of the natural world head-on that previously, we could only dream about!

      The moral of the story is: NEVER STOP QUESTIONING!

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      Kenzi Clark answered on 16 May 2015:

      Wow Pedro, you’re going deep with that question. 🙂

      I don’t mind that everything can’t be explained with science. I appreciate things that are awe inspiring and unexplainable…probably one of the greatest and most frustrating feelings on earth!