On 27 November 2013 06:39, Bruno Marchal <marc...@ulb.ac.be> wrote: > > But we don't know that. There is no logical reason there shouldn't be a > purpose to life, universes and consciousness. >
No logical reason, but there's no obvious sign that there is one. > And there might be deep reason, yet arithmetical reasons, why we can live > happy lives. > Like they might be also reasons that it might not yet be as simple as some > would like to thought. > In my opinion "purpose" implies a goal, which implies that one outcome has been selected from a number of possibilities. This implies a conscious choice was involved, which is why I said something like God would be required to give the universe a purpose. Without that element of choice you can't have a goal / aim / purpose, and you "just" have inevitability, the inexorable results of the laws of physics (which aren't purposeful in any meaningful sense, as far as I know). I would say that any "purpose" that exists within arithmetic would be of the "laws of physics" kind, it would be a logical inevitability, rather than something consciously selected. (Perhaps...) -- You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "Everything List" group. To unsubscribe from this group and stop receiving emails from it, send an email to everything-list+unsubscr...@googlegroups.com. To post to this group, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit this group at http://groups.google.com/group/everything-list. For more options, visit https://groups.google.com/groups/opt_out.