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Is Man "cracking" the universe?

flaca BN-0 2012/07/31 22:41:34
We have learned in recent times about the existence of black holes, about vampire suns, about moons of Jupiter, that the galaxies are expanding away from one another at an accelerated rate etc.

One hundred years from now, do you think we will have cracked the universe?
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  • Melizmatic 2012/07/31 23:39:52
    Melizmatic
    +6
    Nope.

    As it stands right now, there's more that we DON'T know about the universe than what we do.

    Furthermore, our advancement rather depends upon us NOT self-destructing; I really don't think our species has another 100 years left...

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  • Stevethinks 2012/09/17 06:08:42
    Stevethinks
    +1
    No! We know nothing! We are ignorant and growing more so.
  • Buoyant... Steveth... 2012/09/17 14:50:49
    Buoyant Leadraft
    +1
    on the scale of galactic civilizations that might exist we are on the scale of Zero.
    We still use fossil fuels. I think a 1 can harness the energy of a star, and the other can harness the energy of the universe. We are not even cave people on the scale.
  • Steveth... Buoyant... 2012/09/17 15:25:47
    Stevethinks
    +1
    There is another ice age coming within 60 generations or 1500-years which may be our shelf life.
  • Buoyant... Steveth... 2012/09/17 17:12:41
    Buoyant Leadraft
    +1
    Maybe we will become subterranean cannibal cave dwellers feeding off the living above ground.
  • Steveth... Buoyant... 2012/09/17 17:16:59
    Stevethinks
    In an ice age there may be no living above ground left. Maybe next time ants will take over.
  • Buoyant... Steveth... 2012/09/17 18:11:06
    Buoyant Leadraft
    +1
    It would be less hostile then going to another planet or in a spaceship.
    We do have the giant seed bank and the frozen species vaults so one day we can replenish the earth after a major die-off. Folks do have to survive underground and have a rich and diverse food source that can also grow in the same underground environment until that time.
  • Steveth... Buoyant... 2012/09/17 19:28:09
  • Tim Terror 2012/09/16 21:36:28
    Tim Terror
    +1
    Not yet. We still can't see over 90% of it (if theories of dark matter are correct). We don't even have a universal theory.
  • Buoyant... Tim Terror 2012/09/17 14:54:10
    Buoyant Leadraft
    +1
    Do you ever watch that show called "through the worm hole"? They were talking about what is beyond all the darkness. Cool show Tim. I don't know if you get all the cable channels.
  • Tim Terror Buoyant... 2012/09/19 02:53:40
    Tim Terror
    No. I'm British so not sure if we had it here. Can you give me the full name and what channel it was on and I'll see if I can find it to download. Sounds like something I'd really like
  • Buoyant... Tim Terror 2012/09/19 04:29:14
    Buoyant Leadraft
    +2
    wormhole

    Sure Tim. It's produced by the Science Channel/Discovery Channel.
    They have a selection of video samples under the video area of the page. I think the title is called "is there an edge of the universe?"
    http://science.discovery.com/...
  • Tim Terror Buoyant... 2012/09/19 04:31:22
    Tim Terror
    Awesome. Thank you very much :)
  • Buoyant... Tim Terror 2012/09/19 04:34:02
    Buoyant Leadraft
    +1
    Your welcome!
    Yeah...You might be able to buy the DVD's if they don't air this in the UK.
    Happy viewing!
  • king david 2012/09/16 05:51:59
    king david
    +1
    to you original question what does man have to do with this
    to the second note cracked but more ...damaged
  • 3003573 2012/09/16 04:28:27
  • flaca BN-0 3003573 2012/09/17 20:43:08
    flaca BN-0
    I don't agree with that. If we thought we knew everything about physics we wouldn't have built Fermilab or the Hadron Collider. We only recently discovered neutrinos.
  • bcarrera 2012/09/16 03:09:30
    bcarrera
    +1
    No, because it's very complex.
  • Christian 2012/08/03 03:07:50
    Christian
    +1
    God will help us to the starts sister.
  • Christian 2012/08/02 04:12:39 (edited)
    Christian
    +2
    No way, we will be likley going much faster in space because now we travel in space at a snails pace. When we can travel at AT LEAST the speed of light we will start scraping the surfaces of cracking space. With presidents like this, no. You need a JFK type of president to go to space. Light travels at 186 thousand miles per second and in order to achieve this speed for say an hour at the technological level we are at today energy wise, you would have to use the entire earth and all its combustible materials to achieve this speed for maybe an hour. The nearest Black Hole as you mention is 1600 light years away, The black hole in the constellation Sagittarius, along with a normal star dubbed V4641 (sgr), form a violent system that briefly flooded part of our Milky Way Galaxy with X-rays and ejected subatomic particles moving at nearly the speed of light one day last September. At the peak of its X-ray output, V4641 Sgr was the brightest X-ray emitter in the sky. It would take, traveling at the speed of light, 1600 years to get to this star. It will take more then 100 years to be able to do anything really significant in space. We need to go to Mars first then step by step we will go far in space. V4641 Sgr
  • flaca BN-0 Christian 2012/08/02 21:53:53
    flaca BN-0
    +2
    Isn't the Mars explorerer about to touch down this week? Don't we have a probe right now around Jupiter?
  • Christian flaca BN-0 2012/08/03 03:07:11
    Christian
    The Juno spacecraft, launched in 2011, which will enter a polar orbit around Jupiter to determine whether it possesses a rocky core, and the Europa Jupiter System Mission, due to launch sometime around 2020, which will engage in an extended study of the planet's moon system, particularly Europa and Ganymede, and settle the long-running scientific debate over whether an ocean of liquid water exists under Europa's icy surface. Some NASA administrators have even speculated as to the possibility of manned exploration of Jupiter, but such missions are not considered feasible with current technology. Juno spacecraft Juno spacecraft
  • Tim Terror flaca BN-0 2012/09/16 21:38:38
    Tim Terror
    +1
    Cassini is orbiting Saturn and has achieved amazing results.
  • Allbiz - PWCM - JLA 2012/08/01 14:04:26
    Allbiz - PWCM - JLA
    +2
    I doubt if man will ever fully know about the universe. There too much out there to be absorbed by a puny human brain.
  • Fariborz-Zak 2012/08/01 08:21:10
  • Chris- Demon of the PHAET 2012/07/31 23:50:35
    Chris- Demon of the PHAET
    +3
    Ah...the big question. What happened before the "big bang"? I doubt it. But if we do I hope it happens before I die. I would LOVE to know.
    Interesting post flaca. :-)
  • Philo-Publius 2012/07/31 23:47:11
    Philo-Publius
    +5
    McKenna
    I think Terence McKenna once delivered the appropriate remark regarding the state of man's knowledge, in one of his Trialogues:

    “As you look back through history, very few ideologies last very long without going sour or becoming toxic. So, why should WE assume – as all those naïve societies in the past assumed – that we have 95% of the Truth, and the other 5% will be delivered by our best people in the next three years? Fools have always believed that, but the smart money knows we ain't even close.”


    In another 100, or 300, or 500 years, those fringe lunatics who still believe what are our current 'best' and 'most certain' scientific theories are going to be just that: The equivalent of today's flat earthers.
  • Melizmatic 2012/07/31 23:39:52
    Melizmatic
    +6
    Nope.

    As it stands right now, there's more that we DON'T know about the universe than what we do.

    Furthermore, our advancement rather depends upon us NOT self-destructing; I really don't think our species has another 100 years left...
  • Chris- ... Melizmatic 2012/07/31 23:53:22
    Chris- Demon of the PHAET
    +3
    That's so...sad. Well at least I'll be dead WAY before that. (now I feel better. :^D)
  • Melizmatic Chris- ... 2012/08/01 01:11:41
    Melizmatic
    +2
    Aye.

    =D
  • Steveth... Melizmatic 2012/09/17 15:35:22
    Stevethinks
    With that attitude it won't.
  • Melizmatic Steveth... 2012/09/17 15:38:15
    Melizmatic
    O_O

    This conversation is two months old.

    Move on; I have.
  • Steveth... Melizmatic 2012/09/17 15:40:23
    Stevethinks
    What's the rush we only have 100-years?
  • Sister Jean 2012/07/31 22:45:24
    Sister Jean
    +3
    no,God's in charge
  • flaca BN-0 Sister ... 2012/07/31 22:46:52
    flaca BN-0
    +2
    OK SJ, but why do you think God doesn't want us to crack it? Perhaps it's part of His plan?
  • Christian Sister ... 2012/09/17 04:38:34
    Christian
    Good :)
  • Transquesta 2012/07/31 22:42:27
    Transquesta
    +3
    No. The Klingons and Vulcans won't let us get away with it. :-)

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