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Can there be a time where collective humanity has reached a point where there is nothing further to know?

As the world was being cartographed, we were enthralled by the endlessness of it. Some people thought there were no limits; other people thought there were borders into dangerous realms with fearsome monstrous entities. Now, the world feels very tiny and we see its limitations. We know really, that so far as the earth is concerned, there is not much left to know about it, besides its continued historical progress; people, states and wars and power-struggles,etc (which information doesn't count for the question I am asking, as it is absorbed into the human collective understanding as it unfolds) .
We now speculate out into the beyond, and believe in the limitless possibility of imagination combined with technology. But what if we are like the people who mapped the world; what if there comes a point where science has discovered all there is to be scientifically discovered? Do you think this is possible, or do you believe in the endlessness of this creation, that there will forever be new realms revealed to us?

Also, just for fun, if you do admit that there is the possibility that knowledge itself is finite, what percentage do you think we have reached of that knowledge? I'm going to randomly say we are at 66% capacity.
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Imagine, 1000 years from now, we go through a 1000 year dry-spell, where no new scientific discoveries are made; and then suddenly someone(assuming we are even considered a something or an individual entity) wakes up(assuming we sleep) with a novel idea and runs (or flies, or sends telepathic waves) around telling everyone(assuming there are others) about it... would they kill him(assuming death were still a possibility) or turn him into an idol(assuming reverence wasn't distasteful and obsolete)? :D
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That's why this is in the philosophy section Wellsy. If it were a practical question I would have placed it elsewhere.

If the matrices of physics had a point of origin (or do rules such as these exist whether the world of appearances they present themselves in exist or not?); the moment of its appearance might suggest it was near full-formation, because once a rule of physical law is discovered, it seems hard to imagine that that rule was not always there, lying uncovered, waiting to be discovered. I suspect that there is a finite amount of physical rules which can be deduced by experimentation and reasoning. The applications of the use of that knowledge can certainly be more extensive and more likely to verge towards the infinite (but a trajectory can never predict a sudden cessation of its momentum) then the actual framework of the knowledge itself. If there is a limitation of observable physical laws, how close have we come to observing them all?

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