posted on Jan, 19 2005 @ 03:38 PM
"I love that phrase , "natural causes".have you just maybe thought it possible that our definition of "natural" could mean something different
elsewhere?I mean is it really safe to make such a crucial assumption when we haven't fully explored the universe?"
Capone3d, we have to make such a crucial assumption, regardless of whether we've explored the universe. The reason for that is simple. If
you ask whether we should assume that physics and the things we come to think of as "laws" don't work universally, then what you're really saying
Let's assume magic works!
This means we won't have to ask any questions or come to any conclusions about anything, because if I want to build an interstellar srtarship using,
say, an antimatter engine, you can say that we should hold off because maybe there's a magic way of doing it instead!
As Cmdrkeenkid says, everything we've studied so far seems to indicate that the Universe as we know it right now follows some universal laws. If we
come along and observe phenomena which can't be explained by our present view of the Universe, then we change that view.
This is what science is all about.
But until we see something that gives us a reason to modify our existing (and workable) concepts, we will not be able to make any decisions at all
And it is the use of these concepts which have enabled us to build our civilization.