One of the many magazines we receive at the office is American Scientist. I like going through it because it has interesting articles, sometimes about nerdy subjects that I otherwise wouldn't have considered. A recent issue had an article analyzing the (mis)spellings of Viagra e-mail spam. Plus, the magazine has sciency cartoons.
In flipping through the September-October issue earlier in the week, I found an intriguing advertisement from the John Templeton Foundation. The two-page ad asks the question: "Does the Universe have a Purpose?" and includes the responses from seven scientists, including several astronomers. Interesting reading! The ad has just parts of their responses; the full essays — and the responses from four additional people — went online today at www.templeton.org/purpose.
My view? I on board with Lawrence Krauss. I don't think the universe necessarily has a purpose. It could, but I'm content that it does not. Stuff happens — there doesn't need to be a meaning behind it. Billions of years is a long time to have matter and energy simmer.