Do you consider yourself to be a science buff? If you do, then you’ll know that science doesn’t involve proving what works. It involves proving what doesn’t work. Known as the scientific method, we use it everyday. You start with a question like, “Will drinking milk make me sick?” Well, there’s only one way to find out. We create a hypothesis and test it. Did it make you sick? Let’s test another kind of milk. Scientists do this all the time. Some questions, however, are still elusive. Either they can’t be tested (metaphysical), or more testing needs to be done. These are 25 Simple Questions Science Still Can’t Answer.
What is right and what is wrong? Although humans seem to have some sort of innate tendency to classify behaviors into ethical categories…why? What is murder? Is it ever right to kill? How about steal? And why is eugenics, survival-of-the-fittest, or human experimentation so repulsive? In fact, what even is repulsion? Ironically enough, although ethics remains critical to science, it also remains fundamentally separate.
Where does language come from?
When humans are born, they seem to already have an empty template for language. It’s almost as though they were expecting to learn it. Verbs, nouns, prepositions…depending on the language, they simply fill in the framework. In fact, this proto-language even has a name – mentalese. This, however, raises an interesting and as of yet unsolved question…why?
Who are you?
Remember the brain transplants? So if we downloaded all the information in your head and built a computer program out of it, would that still be you? Or if we replicated every atom in your body perfectly…would that be you? Or would it just be some sort of super twin? As with many things on this list, scientists are still unsure because they haven’t been able to test them.
What is death?
There is clinical death when your heart stops beating. You can come back from that. Then there is biological death. This is when you start degenerating. But is there a sharp line between the two? At what point is it too late to bring someone back? This question is intimately related to the question of “what is life?”
What happens after you die?
Perhaps not surprisingly, this falls more into the realm of philosophy and theology than science. That’s not to say, though, that scientists still have questions.
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