Thoughts: There is as yet insufficient data for a meaningful answer

Have you read “The Last Question” by Isaac Asimov? It’s a brilliant short story.

Sometimes, you’re at the point of questioning the significance of humanity in the universe; that the ever-so-expanding space has no time to bother about the human race which comprises a very small portion thereof; that the people, in general, have no power to affect anything that is naturally-occuring in the cosmos.

And then at times, you can’t help but wonder about the question that we had to come from elsewhere; and for the human race to continue existing, we had to continue evolving, producing. For that to happen, we must consume, on and on. This cycle of production and consumption, while inevitable, poses a threat if the equilibrium is thrown off. If left unguarded, we may reach to a point where everything descends down to what I would like to call as “nothingness”, or that state where everything ceased to exist because the very own source of our existence is gone.

Still, I strongly believe that the humankind is intelligent enough to pave way for efficient innovations. We may be getting “THERE IS AS YET INSUFFICIENT DATA FOR A MEANINGFUL ANSWER.” prompts if Cosmos AC exists right now in our world; however, my current thoughts also believe that humans are still a healthy race once Cosmos AC, or any machine for that matter, is able to provide a good answer. For we are at the stage where we do not only create, but also foresee future problems and address it. I still have my hopes up for humanity.

It is amazing how the author was able to connect three, normally-irreconcileable schools of thought into one single short story. Definitely worth the read!

The link above will take you to the aforecited short story as shown in Princeton University’s Physics Department site.  Credits to them.


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