Does the Universe Have a Purpose?

One of today’s most well known astrophysicists was asked by the Templeton Foundation if the universe had a purpose. This organization isn’t completely bad, but they aren’t unbiased either. Every year they award the Templeton Prize to an individual who essentially promotes God. That’s fine too. However, Neil deGrasse Tyson is not a man of God, so I’m sure he found this question to be curious – considering where it came from. As usual, Neil eloquently explained why the universe appears to have no purpose. Enjoy.

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  1. There is no purpose to the Universe except to provide a place where we (consciousness) can experience itself as individuated. According to quantum physics, we are the creator, observer and experiencesor of our existence here…In the process of creating the experience of separating, the ego was born – a fear-based thought system (which is why we going around killing each other). The good news is that this temporary experience which has no impact on the infinite so enjoy! As we age we shift our attention away from confidence in the intellect and onto matters of a Higher Nature – inspiration, intuition, and connection with others. Fear falls away and our true nature is revealed – we are magnificent, loving, infinite and connected.

    “The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.”
    Albert Einstein

  2. Cate, thank you. Your comment is very intriguing. I must admit that I’m not sure I fully comprehend your position, as it seems to be bordering on two lines of thought – to me, at least. On the one hand you say the universe has a purpose – to provide a place for the conscious – and on the other you said it has no impact on the infinite. If the purpose is to experience itself, what good is the experience if recollection becomes impossible upon the cessation of a temporary existence? Are you suggesting that the infinite and connected are merely the recycling of particles, but not necessarily a continuation of consciousness? Lastly, how are you tying quantum physics – a field of study – to actions made by sentient beings?

    I’m glad you found your way to my blog, and thanks for sharing your thoughts!

  3. Cox nailed it in my opinion. It dislodged my jaw, at least. “Life is the Universe trying to understand itself.” That made so much sense to me. It explained the urge to increasing complexity, of smaller elements to heavier ones, from single celled organism to neural networks.

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