Friday, May 21, 2010

Impossible Possible

I love the word "impossible". So many people throw it around, and sadly, even prominent scientists of massive intellect and world renown status even do it. Still, science is an ever progressing system, constantly evolving and changing itself to reflect better data and better analysis. This is why I love it so much.

We don't...well, we shouldn't...ever state that something is final and nothing more can be done. Or that anything is "holy" and unquestionable. LIFE is nothing BUT a series of questions for which we strive to find the answers. Blind faith results in just that...blindness. What was once thought to be impossible can quickly become commonplace is a short amount of time.

Just look at space travel. Kind of mundane now, right? Major news stations cover a Shuttle launch for about 2 minutes and then bugger off to go talk about Lindsey Lohan and her ever present social retardation. Now, go back 200 years and discuss space travel and people would think you're nuts, or a witch! lol. Careful what you say...representatives of God might try to get you.

My point is, whether in science or any other aspect of life, do your best not to throw around the word impossible, because even for great minds like Einstein, that word can come back to bite you in the butt. :)


Bartacus said...

Clarke's First Law:

"When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is probably wrong."


Anonymous said...

I would worry more about the representatives of STATUS QUO than God. I think religion is finding more and more wiggle room within the realms of science, since it is doctrine largely based on interpretation and allows for some adaptation. Those guys were smarter or had more "help from above" than we give them credit for.

Douglas Mallette said...

Yes, the self appointed governors of the Establishment are just as dangerous.

As for religion finding wiggle room...if I see one more video of creationists completely brainwashing and destroying the minds of children with their stupidity, I'm going to explode.

Norman Copeland said...

The theory basically suggests that it will not work because we have researched such a small section of our universe, it does go on to suggest that any detraction from it eliminates the equasion itself.

Ted said...

Nothing is impossible, however, the probability of some things happening can and often does approach ZERO!

(Like lighting a strike anywhere match on an ice cube)

Douglas Mallette said...

Ted - Ah yes, I like the word improbable much more than impossible. At least with improbable, there is still a chance to attain the goal. :) Impossible shuts off the mind and locks all doors.