• Question: whats the meaning of life?

    Asked by hithere to AndrewL, Andrew, Emma, Marianne, Paula on 23 Jun 2010 in Categories: . This question was also asked by cheesesneese.
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      Marianne Baker answered on 18 Jun 2010:


      Not really a science question, hithere!
      But, for me, life is just what you make it.

      We get one shot, may as well make the most of it, be happy and enjoy the company of others, try to do something good.

      This is a few minutes that sums up how I feel quite well I think:

      We may be insignificant in the vast universe, but what we see around us every day is our reality and that’s what matters. So treating others as you would want them to treat you, being positive, appreciating what we’re lucky to have… that’s it really.

      You don’t have to have a huge ambition or change the world; just enjoy your little piece of it, in this time, that’s the best we can hope for I think 🙂

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      Andrew Maynard answered on 18 Jun 2010:


      Hi hithere,

      You mean the ultimate question of life, the universe and everything? Tricky…

      Lots of serious answers to this – it’s what keeps philosophers employed. But a short one to think about: life just happens – it’s up to us to give it meaning.

      Of course, you could just be asking about the Monty Python film 🙂

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      Andrew Leitch answered on 18 Jun 2010:


      Hello hithere, recognise you from the chat this am. Does there have to be a meaning of life? Does this all have to serve some cosmic purpose or are we hurtling through the void on a spinning rock just because some tiny bundle of energy took it upon itself to perform an explosive life-giving fart billions of years ago?

      I think you have to find meaning in life not ‘the meaning of life’. You’ll find people, places and natural beauty will give your life meaning. The problem with that question as you’ve posed it is that the scientific answers just aren’t as good as the philosophical, political and ethical/moral answers..

      Central dogma of life on Earth is ‘DNA transcribed is RNA which is translated to proteins’ (not much comfort in that is there? Of course it is possible to have an ‘unbounded admiration for the structure of the world so far as our science can reveal it.’ as Einstein said.

      This is a fascinating area to pursue philosophically and if you take it on you will reap many rewards. Good luck!

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      Paula Gilfillan answered on 21 Jun 2010:


      Hi hithere and cheesesneese – if you read “The Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy” it is 42.:)

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      Emma Pilgrim answered on 23 Jun 2010:


      Hopefully to make the world a better place for us and future generations, though I don’t think I will truly figure it all out until I am older!

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