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The Mayan Apocalypse And The Meaning Of Life : NPR

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What can apocalyptic fears related to the Mayan calendar tell us about how to live a meaningful life? Commentator Marcelo Gleiser says fear of the end — any end — drives us to leave a meaningful legacy, to do things that will be remembered.

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The Meaning of Life and the Search for Happiness

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By Joachim Vogt Isaksen. What is the meaning of life? A lot of people would probably reject this as a scientific issue, but rather the topic of a late night discussion over a fine bottle of Burgundy. Even if there are no absolute ...
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Soul Spelunker: The So-Called Meaning Of Life

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Have we, as Westerners, placed too much emphasis on the idea of meaning? We're always asking, What is the meaning of life? Perhaps this is not really the correct question to be asking. Inquiring into the meaning of life seems, in this day and time, to be an exercise in futility. I question whether this practice was ever a fruitful endeavor.


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The Beginning and the End: The Meaning of Life in a Cosmological Perspective

Where does it all come from? Where are we going? Are we alone in the universe? What is good and what is evil? The scientific narrative of cosmic evolution demands that we tackle such big questions with a cosmological perspective. I tackle the first question in Chapters 4-6; the second in Chapters 7-8; the third in Chapter 9 and the fourth in Chapter 10. However, where do we start to answer such questions? In Chapters 1-3, I elaborate the concept of worldview and argue that we should aim at constructing comprehensive and coherent worldviews. In Chapter 4, I identify seven fundamental challenges to any ultimate explanation. I conclude that our explanations tend to fall in two cognitive attractors, the point or the cycle. In Chapter 5, I focus on the free parameters issue, while Chapter 6 is a critical analysis of the fine-tuning issue. I conclude that fine-tuning is a conjecture and that we need to further study how typical our universe is. This opens a research endeavor that I call artificial cosmogenesis. In Chapter 7, I show the importance of artificial cosmogenesis from extrapolating the future of scientific simulations. I then analyze two other evolutionary explanations of fine-tuning in Chapter 8: Cosmological Natural Selection and the broader scenario of Cosmological Artificial Selection. In Chapter 9, I inquire into the search for extraterrestrials and conclude that some binary star systems are good candidates. Since those putative beings feed on stars, I call them starivores. The question of their artificiality remains open, but I propose a prize to further continue and motivate the scientific assessment of this hypothesis. In Chapter 10, I explore foundations to build a cosmological ethics and conclude that the ultimate good is the infinite continuation of the evolutionary process. Appendix I summarizes my position and Appendix II provides argumentative maps of the entire thesis.

 

The Beginning and the End: The Meaning of Life in a Cosmological Perspective

Clement Vidal

http://arxiv.org/abs/1301.1648


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Theism and the Meaning of Life (Part One)

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This is for two reasons: (i) in contrast to his other work, Craig doesn't go to the bother of formalising his own argument on the meaning of life; and (ii) his comments on meaning are quite rhetorical and enthymematic.
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The 2nd Level of Personality and the Meaning of Your Life

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Last week, I talked about the basic traits that underlie our personalities. Psychologists refer to them by the acronym OCEAN  and they describe at a broad level how we essentially react to stimulus...

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Pope Francis's recent statement about how Evolution and Creationism are not at odds with each other brings rise to some personality traits.  Your responses have a partial genetic component, but God does not want you to be a robot - he gives you choices.

 

These choices show you God does love you, as the Christian God not only lets you decide things for yourself, but he made up for where you fell short.