When the Point Isn’t the Point | Diana Senechal

This is the last of my current guest posts here. Thanks to the readers, commenters, Darren, and of course Joanne! This has been fun.

About a week ago, after reading Joseph P. Carter’s opinion piece “The Universe Doesn’t Care About Your ‘Purpose‘” (NYT, July 31), I started putting together a comment in my mind. Carter took us on a brief history of science and philosophy, from the times when people (such as Aristotle) saw purpose in everything, to the wiser present, informed by physics, which has revealed to us that the universe has no purpose at all. He then proceeded to argue that we can…

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