Probably Truth

Land of Gears and Stars

December 3, 2012 8:24 pm
jtotheizzoe:

Does the Universe Have a Purpose?
Last week we watched MinutePhysics animate Neil deGrasse Tyson’s answer to this question, posed by the Templeton Foundation to twelve scholars in various disciplines.
Read their full answers here.

This is a silly question. What is the purpose of a rock? Is it to trip me if I’m not careful? Is it to provide me with a projectile if foolishly decide I want to knock a beehive from a tree? What about the purpose of a book? Is it to have something to read? What if I use it as a door stop instead? Does it still have that same purpose or have I given it a new one?
I say that purpose is not inherent in anything. It is endowed. So the real question is: What purpose have we (or others) given to the universe? And to that I say: a fair bit. It has inspired and continues to invoke both creativity and curiosity in us. It fills us with wonder and humbles us. Perhaps someday it will even provide us with space to spread out. More than it already has.

jtotheizzoe:

Does the Universe Have a Purpose?

Last week we watched MinutePhysics animate Neil deGrasse Tyson’s answer to this question, posed by the Templeton Foundation to twelve scholars in various disciplines.

Read their full answers here.

This is a silly question. What is the purpose of a rock? Is it to trip me if I’m not careful? Is it to provide me with a projectile if foolishly decide I want to knock a beehive from a tree? What about the purpose of a book? Is it to have something to read? What if I use it as a door stop instead? Does it still have that same purpose or have I given it a new one?

I say that purpose is not inherent in anything. It is endowed. So the real question is: What purpose have we (or others) given to the universe? And to that I say: a fair bit. It has inspired and continues to invoke both creativity and curiosity in us. It fills us with wonder and humbles us. Perhaps someday it will even provide us with space to spread out. More than it already has.

(via thescienceofreality)

  1. tellgodthebitchisback reblogged this from ansiasdeerrar
  2. spoonslearns reblogged this from jtotheizzoe
  3. ajna-aakhu reblogged this from thelookingglassgallery and added:
    Does the Universe Have a Purpose? Last week we watched MinutePhysics animate Neil deGrasse Tyson’s answer to this...
  4. mapledinosaur reblogged this from thescienceofreality
  5. sinner-in-white reblogged this from jtotheizzoe
  6. considerablespecks reblogged this from jtotheizzoe
  7. dance-love-life reblogged this from jtotheizzoe
  8. jpheald reblogged this from thelookingglassgallery
  9. chuckbanana reblogged this from jtotheizzoe
  10. schroedingerskitty reblogged this from jtotheizzoe
  11. asinglefrootloop reblogged this from pomelap
  12. pomelap reblogged this from we-are-star-stuff
  13. an-alienist-by-any-other-name reblogged this from i-sehnsucht
  14. i-sehnsucht reblogged this from jtotheizzoe
  15. rustontheroses reblogged this from egg-rolls
  16. melonpizza reblogged this from egg-rolls
  17. plusbelleculotte reblogged this from biggeronthe-inside
  18. starlightromantic reblogged this from egg-rolls
  19. breakingsmug reblogged this from egg-rolls
  20. aloverofthe-light reblogged this from egg-rolls
  21. airtrafficcontroller reblogged this from egg-rolls
  22. lady-mcbeth reblogged this from egg-rolls