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  1. Science as a social institution will never reveal what humanity is not yet ready for. Science does not exist in a vacuum: it is made by the same people, and if they are not ready for something, then how can they discover it?

    Another thing is that there may be brilliant insights of individuals that humanity as a whole is not yet ready to accept. So, for example, already in antiquity there were authors who defended the heliocentric system of the world (i.e., who believed that the Earth revolves around the Sun), but this idea was accepted only much later, more than a thousand years later. This happened, in fact, precisely because humanity in antiquity was not yet ready for such an idea, and no rational arguments in favor of the heliocentric system of the world did not play a role here. Still, for example, you can recall the drawings of flying machines by Leonardo da Vinci or the steam mechanism of Heron of Alexandria, created in the second half of the first century AD, almost two thousand years before the widespread use of steam engines. Among modern authors, we can recall as an example the Japanese mathematician Shinichi Mochizuki, who, it seems, in 2012 published a work that makes a fundamental breakthrough in mathematics. “Sort of”, in this case, because only a few people in the world can understand the work of this author, and even those had to spend a lot of time for the special preliminary training necessary to understand Mochizuki's mathematical constructions.

    So we can assume that if a single brilliant scientist makes a discovery that humanity is fundamentally not ready for, then this discovery will remain on the shelf until humanity is ready to understand it.

    Technology is another matter. Unfortunately, unlike scientific knowledge, which in itself, in principle, is useless for a person who does not have the appropriate training, new technologies can easily be used by anyone, and this, of course, is fraught with great danger, as can be seen in the example of such problems as the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. When such weapons fall into the hands of some terrorists, it does not end well. We have already seen all this, and more than once, for example, during the gas attack in the Tokyo subway.

    Therefore, ideally, the development of the natural and technical sciences should be accompanied by the development of the humanities, which could, for example, ensure careful consideration of all the ethical implications of creating new technologies that would foster responsibility and critical thinking in people, as well as with the development of society as a whole.

  2. When a paper is published that simply and fully covers the fundamental questions of physics: energy, force, space, matter, and regularities, a grandiose collapse of the scientific environment will take place. Academies will fall apart, rejecting their academics, and the Nobel committee will disband itself.

    For more than a hundred years, physics has been at a dead end, creating simulacra with hard work and adding to the crisis with delusions and rewards.

    What will happen after the publication? The academies will survive, the Nobel Committee won't even choke. Modern society is so complicated that the moral feelings of a few people drown in the ocean of universal excitement.

  3. What do you know about modern discoveries and technologies? Not much, I'm afraid.

    All of us have somehow heard about such concepts as” levitation”,” teleportation”, etc.” Of course, these are pleasant, but still the fantasies of screenwriters and writers ” – you will say. But, NO.

    Right now, while you eat, sleep, and read the news, scientists are “teleporting” particles. And when did you think they started doing that? Already since 1997. Yes, the greatest distance of” teleporting ” a photon is 100 km. But this is in 2015, and in 2009-1 meter. Just give scientists time and technology, and dreams of deep space will cease to be dreams. The same goes for “levitation” and the creation of life, such as a mouse embryo without an egg or sperm on a 3D-printed skeleton.

    But there is another aspect. The moment the first human is teleported, the first human embryo like this is created – will those people be the same as us?

    In the case of teleportation, scientists will put an end to the questions once and for all: “Does a person have a soul? Is the brain and psyche connected, as well as feelings?” – “because” a person will be split into “elementary particles in one place and collected from them in another, while transmitting, as the laws of quantum mechanics say,” not matter, but information.
    And the first such person from a similar embryo, without a father and mother (biological) – will he be the same person? It is simply impossible to say yet.

    Therefore, answer the question for yourself..


  4. To begin with, let's look at what discoveries may be incomprehensible to humanity.

    For example, this may be the first contact with aliens. This is a very controversial point, because before that, some people thought that the contact was already hidden. First, it would be a global attack on religions. Imagine that God (s) created(i) people and animals and then all of a sudden some aliens that aren't found anywhere in the scriptures, oops. They will immediately be called devils and agents of Satan. It is ironic that a similar parallel can be drawn with white European colonizers because of their color features. Adequate contact with aliens is possible if the religion of people does not force (once again) to hang prejudices on strangers. In the case of very advanced aliens, we cannot understand them on an intellectual level. Imagine that a person explains to a chicken how a nuclear power plant works. In much the same way, people are unable to understand higher intelligence, who do not have such concerns as where to eat and who to sleep with.

    A similar case is possible with the creation of superintelligence from artificial intelligence. Before the creation of superintelligence, people were always dealing with what they could control. Creating an intelligence responsible for our intelligence can be our undoing. It's like a chicken that builds a meat processing plant without thinking. If in the case of aliens, such intelligence was in space, then here people build it themselves. Our biological limitations do not allow us to be on par with superintelligence, so people will not be ready to understand what superintelligence feels. Perhaps he will have long understood the structure of the Universe and see the big picture as a whole. Religion, of course, will also add heat and call AI Satan.

    If we talk about something less global, which does not critically hook the world, then this is the same multiverse theory. Look, at first everyone thought that the whole world is Earth. Then there was a transition from the fact that the Earth is a planet around which the Sun revolves. Then it turned out that the Earth revolves around the Sun, and the Sun is inside the Galaxy, and there are many of them, and they also revolve….in the same universe. Using the logic of such a sequence, it is possible to assume that there is more than one unit of universes.

    So, if there are really infinite universes, then this will prove something that people are really not ready for. Namely, the fact that they live only in one of the infinity of the universe in order to perform a certain chain of actions, which must sooner or later be repeated in infinity. The meaning of life is much more difficult than having children and planting a tree, right?

    PS Sorry for the text errors!

  5. Humans are a unique and incredibly flexible species.

    He was used to using the wheel, silicon axes, writing, antibiotics, cars. I'm used to the fact that the earth is round, that there are other galaxies, and that Schrodinger's cat can be both alive and dead. He was even used to poking his finger into a small rectangle of glass and metal to talk to another person on the other side of the earth.

    At the same time, note that it is unlikely that many are able to explain exactly what scientific discoveries the very fact of the existence of a smartphone is based on.

    I mean, don't worry about humanity – it'll just get used to it 🙂

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