The laws of physics place no limits on progress, be it scientific, economic, cultural, or intellectual. In fact, the laws of physics require the knowledge and wealth possessed by intelligent beings in the universe to increase without limit, this knowledge and wealth becoming literally infinite by the end of time.
Age of Belief
"Here, I beg to differ from the standard view of our history and present the key finding of my thesis. I believe that, in those long-lost days, in the distant past when we were still limited to the surface of one planet, human beings had potent powers and capabilities we no longer have, indeed powers we have ourselves lost, or perhaps no longer need. Yes, Gentle-beings, our ancestors once relied on something other than Magic!"
"I know this is a shocking proposition. But I genuinely believe there is a different way of looking at the process of understanding and manipulating the universe. The body of evidence I have assembled is compelling."
"Everywhere one looks, one can find tantalising hints, shards of understanding embedded in otherwise anodyne materials; indirect indications or suggestions in cryptic terms in academic papers; allusions and throwaway remarks in respected reference works; inexplicable jokes and bad puns in meeting minutes and recordings, and unlikely diagrams and mere sketches - sometimes just hand-drawn, if you can imagine such a thing - perhaps intended to remind the reader of some more fundamental truth."
"Let me give the summary of my conclusions, derived from the suggestions and intimations I have just this moment circulated."
"Once there was a process, a way of thinking based entirely on deduction and experiment, upon logic and reason. There was something called the Scientific Method which was, as far as I can ascertain, a coherent way of viewing the universe and everything in it."
"This Method led to the development of something which was called Science or Technology or, perhaps, Engineering - the distinction may be important. And it was this development, I contend, which first settled our kind in comfort over much of our original world and later led our expansion across the stars!"
"I believe there once existed multiple specialisations in abstruse subjects called names like Physic and Chymestry, perhaps analogous to our Scryers and Seers, the distinctions between them as important as those between Delvers and Diviners."
"This was the missing age, the Age of Reason."