A Big Question

Partly as a result of my burst of pretty deep questions I’ve been asking on the blog recently, which Howard has been enjoying wrapping his mind around, he e-mailed me a question, and also refers to the same thing in this blog entry.

Basically, the Edge website, annually asks a big question, and asks a mix of scientists to give their answer. The people asked and answers given are as broad as they are varied.

This years question is this:

“What do you believe is true, even though you cannot prove it?”

By way of explanation – great minds can sometimes guess the truth before they have either the evidence or arguments for it (Diderot called it having the “esprit de divination”). What do you believe is true even though you cannot prove it?

Certainly a question that can be used in a number of contexts, and one that I think would be a good one to ask some of the members of the youth group at some point. I think, as Howard has said, one that requires a bit of thought, so I’ll maybe come back with an answer at a later date.

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