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Old 04-18-2012, 07:59 PM   #8
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"A scientific answer is not very hard to understand in its making: you make a statement and you verify its validity empirically."

Not any more. Most basic questions are now either beyond our ability to verify empirically, or are theoretically impossible to verify. An example of the former is the existence of the Higg's boson, which even the LHC may not be able to answer due to the requirements of large energies. An example of the latter is the theory of multiverses moving away from each other at the speed of light, thus making it impossible to communicate with them and verify the theory. Scientific enquiry is now more about mathematical self-consistency.
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