Difficult Questions for Top Experts Only!

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Re: I do not know

Tom Axford wrote:

Astrozoid wrote:


What I want to ask is: How do you know what you don't know?

This immediately brought into my mind the often quoted saying of some politician (I forget his name) that there are "known unknowns and unknown unknowns". I think he was referring to national security, but the same applies even more so to science.

It applies to everything. It was popularized by Donald Rumsfeld. You could have googled that.

That's not what I am talking about. An expert should know what they don't know.

Obviously I don't know, but I strongly suspect that the unknown unknowns greatly outnumber the known unknowns.

Like the shore of unknowns around the lake of knowledge.

From my point of view, when science reaches the stage of being able to ask a meaningful question, it has probably got 90% of the way towards finding an answer.

Not at all.

Question: Why doesn't quantum relativity work with cosmology? Where is quantum gravity?

What is dark matter? What is dark energy?

What is the nature of consciousness?

We, literally, have no idea what the answer is to these questions.

Asking the question, may, or may not, lean to enlightenment. Then again, it might.

And that would be most important when you know 0% of the answer.

To summarise: I definitely do not know the answer to your question.

Well, sure you do. You just haven't thought deeply enough about it yet.

By the way, I am not claiming to be a "top expert", just someone who is interested in science generally and reasonably knowledgeable in a few areas of it.

Me neither.

But, that doesn't stop me from asking the hard questions.

Questions that the "experts" should be thinking about.

This is about science and not how stupid Eric Fossom thinks I am. 

I mean, after all, you know what they say about people who can't take a joke.


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