• Question: Why is the future unknowable?

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      Asked by The Ge Ni U S to Andrew, Jade, Jessica, Kevin, Lynn on 22 Jun 2015.
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        Jess Wade answered on 22 Jun 2015:

        So that there is space for scientists like us to keep asking questions- if we could predict it, it would be dull (!).

        The beauty of life- and science- is that we’re never really sure of anything.

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        Andrew Fensham-Smith answered on 23 Jun 2015:

        Haha wow. Well, because the future is not necessarily deterministic. That means we can’t say “this is the situation now, we know all the variables and exactly what will happen”. We haven’t even gotten good at predicting the weather, and that is much more straightfoward.