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Science does not as yet have a full understanding of the universe. However, it is suggested that with increased technology and theoretical advances, it may be only decades before this is achieved. Do you agree this possible?

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Candidate Name: Aisha Jakhura Centre Number: 0960 Candidate Number: 005 Science does not as yet have a full understanding of the universe. However, it is suggested that with increased technology and theoretical advances, it may be only decades before this is achieved. Do you agree this possible? What might be the consequences? Hundreds of thousands of years ago Man discovered fire, the first of a series of discoveries that were to take place, changing the way of life of our species forever. Through these discoveries humans developed what is known as science, defined literally meaning 'a branch of knowledge requiring systematic study and method, especially one of those dealing with substances, animal and vegetable life, and natural laws; natural sciences'. I believe that science has enough power to allow humans to have a larger understanding of the universe than any other living organism on this planet. The extent to which humans have developed since the first discovery of fire serves to underline how much is still capable of being achieved. However I do not consider that science can ever reach a full understanding of the universe. ...read more.

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The first planet outside our solar system was not detected until 1994 and in the few years since, 34 have already been found. Is this just the tip of an iceberg? "There is an incredible number of other planets we'll be finding as our search techniques improve, and as scientists continue their quest 'to try to find a habitable Earth' elsewhere in the galaxy."2 Alongside these scientific breakthroughs, commercialisation is also taking place allowing ordinary people to experience the universe of beyond. Such ventures include the 'Artemis Project' claiming to "engage in space flight as a commercial enterprise and establish a permanent, self-supporting community on the Moon."3 The Lunar Resources Company, responsible for this project has placed this advertisement on the Internet: "Our goal is to establish an enduring private space program that opens the path for you to travel in space. Within fifteen years, you will be able to take a two-week trip to the moon at a price you would expect to pay for the luxury-class European capital tour."4 Even Russia's famous 14-year old Mir, the first orbital laboratory that was before long going to be put out of use, was given a new objective. ...read more.

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The end to the search for true knowledge always looms in sight, simply as is stated in the question, decades away. However, I believe that secure knowledge can never be found, even with seemingly foolproof theoretical advances and scientific discoveries. Each discovery actually, in the long term, creates more mysteries than it solves. There is an overwhelming belief that every little detail on the huge canvas of the universe is being rapidly filled. Yet what is not realised is that this canvas is always changing. The picture being painted may be more detailed yet the gaps on the canvas are spreading just as fast, if not faster than the paintwork. Knowledge is transient, and it needs to be so otherwise it withers. The search for true knowledge is endless and always will be, but humans will always try to shape the scheme of things to fit their ideas and philosophies. There will always be more to know, more to understand, more to seek. 'We represent reality seeking to understand itself'. 5 WORD COUNT: 1468 1. http://fullcoverage.yahoo.com/fc/Science/New_Planet_Discovery/ Anne Kinney, science program director of NASA's Astronomical Search for Origins program. 2. http://fullcoverage.yahoo.com/fc/Science/New_Planet_Discovery/ Planet-formation expert Alan Boss of the Carnegie Institution of Washington. 3. http://www.asi.org/ 4. http://www.tlrc.com/ 5. ...read more.

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