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Purpose

"What's the point?"

Are there any good reasons to think that the universe has purpose?

“If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that it has no meaning: just as, if there were no light in the universe and therefore no creatures with eyes, we should never know it was dark. Dark would be without meaning.” (C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity)

If we don’t have a full understanding of the purpose of the universe, does that mean it has none? If I don’t understand quantum physics, then does that mean that quantum particles don’t exist?

From Science

"If the universe is truly pointless, then it is also incomprehensible, and the rational basis of science collapses." (Paul Davies)

Are there any good reasons to think that biological life has purpose?

Are there any good reasons to think that humans have purpose?

The Constant Question of Purpose

Everyone, at one point or another, grapples with the question, “What does my life mean?” The perpetual thought of a great human mind is a form of the same question, “What is the purpose of my life?” A question that plagues everyone occasionally, and always plagues the great minds, will have to be something that is so present to the mind as to be ubiquitous and everywhere.

"Scientists animated by the purpose of proving that they are purposeless constitute an interesting subject for study." (Alfred North Whitehead, The Function of Reason)

The Truth About Truth

Laws of Logic and Mathematics are immaterial. These laws are true even if no human mind exists to discover them. These laws are being discovered by humans. There is no good reason to think these laws will simply disappear tomorrow or ever, therefore it is reasonable to conclude that these laws are eternal and unchanging and are part of what people generally call Truth. So, the human mind can participate in an immaterial, eternal reality called Truth. This is one of the purposes of humanity, to participate and think about the immaterial, eternal, Truth.