Inspired by On Giants Shoulders pg 343
“The more you discover, the less there is to discover”-John Horgan
In the absolute sense, yes (in a finite existence because if we bring in the argument of an expanding universe then it becomes a whole different ball game which does not interest me in this context), but to say that science is coming to an end due discovery is reaching. The analogy of my puppy-love is here very appropriate. I can write this because he is no longer on FaceBook and unlikely to come across this blog, particularly since we lack mutual friends; singular attentions towards a man who has not declared you the love of his life are peculiarly loathsome to them. *NEVER DO IT*. Men have a tendency towards self-hate, thus, if without going to all sorts of strides to convince you to love them you are all up on it, they get flustered: “There must be something wrong with you; why are you willing to settle for them so easily?”; “You must not really be as awesome as they thought you were because if you could really have any man you wanted why would you settle for them?” Thus, prior to earth-shifting declarations we must necessarily act nonchalant; acting as if not getting so much as a text from them the whole day doesn’t phase you; you are indifferent-they are that insignificant.
I digress….my is a finite person, with a finite personality. Of course he continues to grow as he studies and lives and gains new experiences so in that sense we could say he is infinite but not in the God-sense since if one takes a snapshot of his entire being at any given point in time, he is finite; so once I know all about his physical person, I only have his mental/ emotional psyche to discover i.e. less to discover; this is a very obtuse approach. The single greatest scientific discovery should be that ‘an answer only leads to unanswered questions”- one of those cliches that are cliches because they are sooo commonly true.
With my , I discovered that he now likes to drink at home, and the discovery opened up a million other lines of questioning: “Since when?”; “Why?”; “Why now?” and each one of the answers to these questions also gives rise to a plethora of questions; like when he said it’s because now he is a student and thinks going out is a waste of money, one wants to know whether he is a scrooge
-a whimsical distinction, some not-so-baselessly argue; is it because he is self-financed? or has a set allowance? or just sensitive towards not abusing his benefactors’ benevolence? The answers to these questions also give rise to more questions ad infinitum.
If the universe is expanding-which we know it is- or infinite, “we are getting to that state where we have discovered all there is to discover” is a completely inappropriate statement; but if we are talking about a snapshot of the universe at this given point in time I would say, knowledge-wise, we are a zillion centuries away from holding this stance.