Thursday, August 23, 2012

Dawkins, life, purpose...



In a recent interview in Playboy (see here) , Dawkins claims:

PLAYBOY: Funny. But without faith in an afterlife, in what do you take comfort in times of despair?

DAWKINS: Human love and companionship. But in more thoughtful, cerebral moments, I take—comfort is not quite the right word, but I draw strength from reflecting on what a privilege it is to be alive and what a privilege it is to have a brain that’s capable in its limited way of understanding why I exist and of reveling in the beauty of the world and the beauty of the products of evolution. The magnificence of the universe and the sense of smallness that gives us in space and in geologically deep time is humbling but in a strangely comforting way. It’s nice to feel you’re part of a hugely bigger picture.

But how can one be thrilled to be alive if he exists for no purpose?
And how can you be thrilled to be able to understand "why" when you never want to ask the question "why do I exist"?


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