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Vexen Crabtree 2015


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Sociology, Theology, Anti-Religion and Exploration: Forcing Humanity Forwards

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Vexen Crabtree 2015

Everything is pointless

The undirected and chaotic bubbling froth of random fluctuations that occur at the quantum level may themselves be responsible for the entire existence of our inflated Universe. Such froth has no cause or reason; each Universe itself is random and unforseen. Given all of this, then there "is no prescribed cause for our universe". Dr Steven Weinberg wrote in 1977 that "the more the universe seems comprehensible, the more it also seems pointless".

Conscious life may be the Universe's most wonderful asset and an amazing emergent property of its slow ageing, but the cruel gothic irony is that our lives are temporary and fleeting, and our understanding of the Universe, and even of ourselves, can only ever be superficial compared to all there is to know.

These thoughts are the source of supreme sadness, but also should inspire us to strive harder, to live life better, for others, for the betterment of our species especially through science, so that we may one day fight back a little bit against the eternal ravages of death, by living lives worthy of sentient and benevolent beings, as best we can.