What will change everything?

Edge asks us What will change everything? Specifically, “what game-changing scientific ideas and developments do you expect to live to see?”

I’m not so sure it makes much sense to ask what ideas will change the world dramatically, but I think there are two clear-cut scientific developments which will occur within the next 50 years. The first is the creation of life in the laboratory. It’s going to happen. It should, of course, crush creationism and its lying, deceitful bastard cousin intelligent design, but it will just be used as a prop for the claim that life only comes from a creator (which will, of course, be a laughable misunderstanding). I suspect far less than 50 years for this to happen. The next two decades may prove to be the time needed for the greatest discovery since Darwin discovered natural selection.

The second will be the discovery of life on one or more exoplanets. No longer will natural selection be the greatest discovery in the history of man. In fact, it won’t even be remotely close. The discovery of exolife will radically alter the philosophies of the world, deepen our understanding of the Universe, and place humanity in the best perspective it has ever had.

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  1. I’m not so sure it makes much sense to ask what ideas will change the world dramatically, but I think there are two clear-cut scientific developments which will occur within the next 50 years. The first is the creation of life in the laboratory. It’s going to happen. It should, of course, crush creationism and its lying, deceitful bastard cousin intelligent design, but it will just be used as a prop for the claim that life only comes from a creator (which will, of course, be a laughable misunderstanding). I suspect far less than 50 years for this to happen. The next two decades may prove to be the time needed for the greatest discovery since Darwin discovered natural selection.

    Yes, when intelligent designers finally put all their intellectual prowess, technological capabilities, and painstakenly gained knowledge to their fullest implementation by creating rudimentary life in the laboratory, they will finally prove, once and for all, that no intelligence is needed to produce life!
    Muuahh!

    And so goes the logic of the materialist…

  2. And there it is.

    Any lab experiment will be ‘designed’ to mimic a plausible scenario for the emergence of life.

    This is like saying that every time an experiment is conducted where evolution takes place that the designer of the experiment was the one who evolved the specimen(s).

  3. And there it is.

    Any lab experiment will be ‘designed’ to mimic a plausible scenario for the emergence of life.

    This is like saying that every time an experiment is conducted where evolution takes place that the designer of the experiment was the one who evolved the specimen(s).

    The reality is any experiment which emulates known natural conditions will never produce a living cell. The real question is, how many experiments will need to be done before materialists accept this?

    It’s rather like the spontaneous generation of life experiments in the 19th century; no experiment could ever prove it was impossible, but at some point it became embarassingly obvious that the contention that it was possible was a statement of faith.

    The same goes for life on other planets.

  4. Sheiss, finding life on other planets while I am still able to understand it would make my life’s top five, easy.
    I think near perfect, ubiquitous encryption would shake things up quite a bit. Electronic commerce, surveillance technology, freedom of speech (for anyone able to connect to the network) would all probably advance by consequence.
    And I am crossing my fingers for sentient AI. That and intelligent life not from Earth in the same decade and I will keel over.

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