The big questions of the Universe ware meant to get you thinking about the world around you; the bigger picture. So when the John Templeton Foundation asked various leading scientists and notable scholars, “Does the Universe Have a Purpose?,” it wasn’t surprising that there was a multitude of different answers.
One standout of the lot was superstar astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson who gave an elaborate “Not Sure” answer. His reasoning is what’s important to keep in mind because there are various schools of thought when it comes to answering a question like this. Watch Neil deGrasse Tyson’s video response below…
Tyson’s answer is more in line with the thinking that the universe is random and not one thing can lead to its understanding. Neil took the question and the answer deeper and deeper, even bringing up the reality of “bacteria living and working in a single centimeter of our lower intestine.”
This was part of the John Templeton Foundation’s “Big Questions” essay series where they’ve asked notable people in a certain fields of study other big questions such as “Does science make belief in God obsolete?” and “Does evolution explain human nature?” Other participants include Jane Goodall, biochemist Christian de Duve, and Professor of Christian Philosophy Nancey Murphy.