We’ve come a long, long way as humans from being absolutely clueless about the world around us to being hyper-aware of the mysteries of our planet, space, time, and all those fun concepts that both scientists and philosophers wonder about. In a span of about a hundred and fifty years we went from a society that just barely scratched the surface on electricity to one that has the Internet right in the palm of our hands!
But despite how advanced we are in technology, there are still a lot of unanswered questions that we’re getting no closer to finally answering. Here are some questions that have stumped even the most brilliant minds that have ever existed.
Keep in mind that this is a TED talk by TED curator Chris Anderson that’s quite long. But we guarantee that after watching this entertaining and strangely enlightening video, you’ll feel some semblance of an existential crisis settling in – and yet, it will make you feel more aware of the world around you.
Don’t believe me? Take a look for yourself.
Sometimes the most important questions aren’t about the vastness of the universe or the mechanics of atoms and elements and mysterious forces on earth. Sometimes, it’s the “why” questions that boggle us the most.
Why are we here? Why do we exist? What is our purpose? Is there a divine plan for us? And in this vast universe of infinite possibilities, why do the things that happen to us end up happening to us?
Perhaps Einstein himself had all these questions too. Maybe Newton did, and even Stephen Hawking. But these questions are as boggling to those great thinkers as they are to regular folk like you and me.
So what are your greatest questions? What questions do you, despite perhaps never knowing the answer, still ask yourself from time to time? Share them with us, and share this with your friends to start a dialogue!