The Limits of Science The spectacular success of science to explain nature and the endless array of technological spin-offs can easily produce in us the comforting belief that science has no limits and that it is sailing on an endless course of infinite development. The boundary between the possible and the impossible, we seem to think, is constantly changing and will disappear in time. In the light of this widespread belief 'mystery' has become a dirty word, a remnant of a benighted, medieval mentality. The human mind with the help of science, logic and mathematics will eventually provide us with the key to solve all mysteries.
But is this really so? Are there no limits to scientific inquiry? Or is there a limit to what we can rationally discover? Is it at all possible to explain the beginning and end of the universe? Is it possible to attain absolute certainty? If there are limits to what we can discover, does this bring the Promethean saga to an ignoble end? Or is the fact that it is impossible for us to find answers to all the questions, in itself, a positive thing? Would we be here at all if we could provide all the answers?
Dr Mario Tabone and Professor Alex Felice will discuss these questions at the next meeting of the Philosophy Society which is being held on December 14 at the Erin Serracino Inglott Hall on campus at 7.00pm. The meeting is being organised jointly with the Science Council. It will be chaired by Professor Joe Friggieri. Refreshments will be served after the debate. The general public is cordially invited to attend.