Doubt is the source of wisdom. This sentence, written by René Descartes, indicates a fundamental fact. You have to doubt things in order to be able to investigate, to seek knowledge. Human beings have asked themselves and many other questions throughout their history, some transcendent and others much more mundane and everyday.
But many of these questions are not or have not found a solution, or although they have, they require a lot of research and thought. This is why in this article I have collected a series of questions that are mostly impossible and / or difficult to answer.
30 impossible questions
Here is a brief list of impossible questions that will make you doubt, or to which there is no clear answer.
1. Can we choose?
Freedom is one of the most popular concepts, and a large majority of people feel free and able to make a living by making their own decisions. But is this really the case? ** Are we really free? **
Our behavior is mediated and modulated by different aspects, such as our expectations, social desirability, rules and laws … or even something as simple as our biology can make us unable to do exactly what we want like and when we want it. In addition, we need to ask ourselves what freedom really is and distinguish this concept from what we just feel.
2. Does the world really exist?
While this may seem like a strange and even silly question to some, the truth is, there is no right way to answer it. The senses tell us yes, but how can we know that everything we see, feel, learn and experience, all the people we know and the way the world seems to work is not just an elaboration of our mind?
3. Can we be objective?
This is a complicated question. We can try to abstract ourselves and put aside our beliefs and prejudices, but is total objectivity really possible? After all, our own view of the world is governed by our evaluations of it, and our beliefs, values, and expectations change not only how we think about a particular phenomenon, but even how we perceive it, on a level foreign to our own. consciousness.
4. Is a psychopath born or does he?
The term psychopath could be replaced by any other. While we know that in all that we are there is a combination of biological and environmental factorsThe question is whether the core of what the subject is is genetically predetermined or is made with experience. For example, in the case of the psychopath, it is considered that a large part of his way of being is explained by biological elements (being the sociopath the one who acts in the same way because of life experiences).
5. How was life formed?
We know that we are made of matter, like everything else. But what makes us live it’s a mystery. We can assume the conditions under which life formed on our planet (and even replicate those conditions to generate living cells), but not exactly what caused it to be born and organize itself in a certain way. And this knowledge is limited to how it originated here, there is no clear explanation for the existence of molecules and amino acids in things like comets and asteroids.
6. Do good and evil exist?
Acts and situations are often identified as good or bad, with these words being constructed by humans to assess what is going on and how it affects oneself or others. Yet morality is a subjective thing: although almost all people have some kind of such concepts or ideasDifferent people will see the same event or action differently, and what is bad for one may be good for the other.
7. How can we be happy?
Almost everyone wants to be happy. However, when we ask ourselves how we can be happy, we probably won’t be able to give ourselves a valid answer, or at least that’s for us and the rest of the world. Well-being and happiness can depend on a wide variety of variables, And these variables will change dramatically for each person.
8. How did the universe come about?
The origin of the universe is still unknown today, there are many theories and attempts to explain it. Although to this day the Big Bang theory is one of the most scientifically acceptedThe truth is, this is still a theory that cannot be fully proven. In fact, some scientists claim that this theory is true, whether it once existed, whether it was there or how it happened.
9. What is death?
A question that many would answer with “losing your life”, or from a religious point of view such as “the transition to another life / reality / reincarnation”. But that doesn’t really define what it is or what it means.
10. Is there life beyond death?
Directly derived from the above whether or not there is something beyond death this is something we can only assume or theorize until we experience it for ourselves.
11. Why do we dream?
The ability to dream is something unique, appearing both in humans and in other animal species. But why are we doing it? Do our dreams have meaning? These are questions that have given rise to multiple theories (psychoanalytic, cognitive, etc.) but for which no definitive experience has been found.
12. What and who am I?
A deep question that has no easy answer. Most people respond by indicating their characteristics and their way of being. But that doesn’t quite answer the question. What am I? What does it mean to be me? What makes me different, if I am, from my surroundings?
13. Can a person’s IQ level be increased?
Intellectual capacity has traditionally been considered to be a capacity determined by biology and development, being able to increase the level of knowledge and train different skills, but not improve the basic competence, known as intellect. However, some models suggest that intelligence can be increased through training.
14. Are there any limits?
Most people find that he is capable of doing things, things that he could do with training, and things that are not possible. But do the limits really exist or have we just not found a way to break them yet? In the past, it was not believed that humans could fly, travel in space or cure certain diseases, and yet it has been achieved.
15. Is intelligence a single ability or is it the union of several independent abilities?
Intelligence is an abstract construction, the definition of which is, even today, complex and very controversial. There are several models that offer a unique intelligence, others that there is a general capacity and then more or less hierarchical specific capacities.
16. Is the world fair? / Does karma exist?
The idea of the existence of cosmic justiceThat in the end everyone gets what they deserve is a common thing for many people. There are also those who think the exact opposite, or even that justice is nothing more than a concept that does not occur in nature.
17. Can there be other forms of life based on non-carbonaceous elements?
The scientific community has no answer to this question. It is possible to speculate, but all life known so far is based on carbon.
18. Is there intelligent life on other planets?
Another of those impossible questions based on the threshold of the unknown. It is difficult for us to be alone in the universe, but no evidence has been found for this respect.
19. Is mathematics completely objective?
We have often heard that mathematics is the only completely objective science. However, demonstrations of the objectivity of something are often based on mathematics, which prevents us from demonstrating the objectivity of the item we are using to observe objectivity is fallacious. They are also based on logic, a logic which it was conceptualized by the human being and as such is subject to subjectivity.
20. What are antimatter and dark energy?
These concepts refer to elements that are deduced from the behavior of matter and energy, but it is still not known what they are and continue to be. without being able to be observed directly.
21. Does the universe have a principle? And an end?
We know that the universe existed long before the first humans arrived in the world. However, we don’t know how it originated (although the Big Bang theory is the most popular), if it had an origin, or if it will end at some point (although it is assumed that this will eventually end). to contract due to the attraction of black holes.
22. What is behind a black hole?
A great mystery which no one can answer, because even light cannot escape from within.
23. What is time?
Besides defining it as a physical dimension, establishing what exactly the time is is not as straightforward as it seems.
24. To what extent does the environment alter gene expression?
We know that the genes we have have the basic information of different characteristics, which they may or may not be expressed depending on the environment and the vital circumstances surrounding each subject. Genes predispose, but should not be turned on. To what extent are they influenced by the environment?
25. Can we know exactly how long we will live?
At this time, we cannot answer this question. We can give a rough forecast based on average life expectancy. But we don’t know if we’ll get sick or have some sort of accident at some point.
26. Is there a chance?
Chance and probability are weird concepts, which basically propose that things can happen for no reason, casual and unpredictable. But does it really exist or are we facing something that we still can’t predict?
27. Can the sum of infinite numbers give a concrete result?
This question has an answer, and while it may surprise most people, it is yes. It is the number and the number of Euler.
28. Where is the consciousness?
While we do know that it is in the brain and is suspected to be related to the frontal lobe, it is not yet clear how close it is or if this is a property. which arises from the overall activity of the brain.
29. Can we come and live on other planets?
Our planet is huge and a beautiful place to live, but it’s not endless. It has limited resources and space. At some point, humans may have to move to other planets and colonize them. Is it possible? Can we survive? Astronauts who spend a lot of time in space lose muscle and bone mass. What would happen to someone who considered living not just a time but a life in space? Could we terraform an entire planet, or a specific area?
30. Is it possible to transfer our consciousness into an artificial body?
Recently, the first interventions have been performed to perform head transplantation on humans (although so far it has only been tested on cadavers). projects exist that they propose to go further: transplant a brain into an artificial body, and even in the future transfer our consciousness into an artificial unit (without a brain per se). But is the latter possible? And if this were to be achieved, would we be faced with a transfer of consciousness or would a new one really be created and the old and original (that of the real person) die?