If the world were a bar America would currently be the angry drunk waving around a loaded gun. Yeah the other people in the bar may be afraid of him but they sure as hell don't respect him.
The grand aim of all science is to cover the greatest number of empirical facts by logical deduction from the smallest number of hypotheses or axioms.
Reality is merely an illusion albeit a very persistent one.
Whenever you deal with science fiction you are setting up a world of rules. I...