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The Real Meaning of Life
« on: 2015-08-13 11:35:37 »
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Jerry Coyne, evolutionary biologist and author of Faith vs Fact: Why Science and Religion Are Incompatible:

ďThe way I find meaning is the way that most people find meaning, even religious ones, which is to get pleasure and significance from your job, from your loved ones, from your avocation, art, literature, music. People like me donít worry about what itís all about in a cosmic sense, because we know it isnít about anything. Itís what we make of this transitory existence that matters.

ďIf youíre an atheist and an evolutionary biologist, what you think is, Iím lucky to have these 80-odd years: How can I make the most of my existence here? Being an atheist means coming to grips with reality. And the reality is twofold. Weíre going to die as individuals, and the whole of humanity, unless we find a way to colonise other planets, is going to go extinct. So thereís lots of things that we have to deal with that we donít like. We just come to grips with the reality. Life is the result of natural selection, and death is the result of natural selection. We are evolved in such a way that death is almost inevitable. So you just deal with it.

ďIt says in the Bible that, ĎWhen I was a child I played with childish things, and when I became a man I put away those childish things.í And one of those childish things is the superstition that thereís a higher purpose. Christopher Hitchens said itís time to move beyond the mewling childhood of our species and deal with reality as it is, and thatís what we have to do.Ē

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The Real Meaning of Life or What explains the rise of humans?
« Reply #1 on: 2015-08-17 09:53:40 »
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The first part of the talk lays it all out and the kick in the groin is worth the wait.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nzj7Wg4DAbs
Yuval Noah Harari: What explains the rise of humans?
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