What is the origin of life and what is its purposeThere are many theories about the origin of life based on science and religeon. The scientific expanations may provide us clues to the origin but...

What is the origin of life and what is its purpose

There are many theories about the origin of life based on science and religeon. The scientific expanations may provide us clues to the origin but the purpose remains unexplained. Do the only inteligibale lifeform, the humans, exist in this universe without any purpose?

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vangoghfan | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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I agree with post 5.  These are questions that seem, at least at present, unanswerable. Unfortunately, many folks seem to feel that the questions are not only answerable but that the answers are absolutely clear and unambiguous. They then tend to want to impose their answers on others. There's a lot to be said for keeping an open mind about questions such as these.  As John Donne once wrote, "Doubt wisely."

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I think we cannot answer this question because we simply don't know enough.  There might be intelligent life elsewhere.  WE are not intelligent enough to know.  If God created Earth, did He also create other planets where there might be life?  Do they have their own Gods?  How can we ever know?

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enotechris | College Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

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It's very difficult to point to the origin of life, when current definitions are still fuzzy on exactly what life is.  As to life's purpose, it appears that that question must be answered in time by those who ask it, a most human of endeavors.  No one would dispute dogs exist, but it's doubtful they ever realize they are alive and consider their purpose in being so.  Perhaps this is the cost of awareness and intelligence.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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As you say, science does not explain our purpose.  In fact, science cannot explain it.  Personally, I do not know if our existence has purpose.  It seems in a way ridiculous to think that it does not.  How can we have such intelligence and consciousness for no reason?  On the other hand, the idea that there is a God who could create the universe and has a plan for our existence is equally hard to comprehend and accept.

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najm1947 | Elementary School Teacher | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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I agree with post 6 and specially the saying, "Doubt wisely". But I could not comprehend the comment in the post 5  

 If God created Earth, did He also create other planets where there might be life?  Do they have their own Gods?

If the God can create Universe, earth being a part of it, why should other planets having life have a second God with similar capabilities. All religions plead one God essentially and other gods are considered subservient to the God, if any are believed to exist in a particular religion. This is true also for Hinduism where a snake, a monkey, an elephant and other creatures are given the status of a god. Monotheism is the belief in Judaism and Islam whereas the concept of trinity in Christianity is also based on one God.

Secondly do main religions of the world answer the topic question? What are the major differences in the answer to the question? Surely these questions are narrowing down the scope of discussion to religion only.

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najm1947 | Elementary School Teacher | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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Referring to previous post at 3, the purpose of the life of an individual is surely to be answered by the person who asks the question, but that is not intended to be the purpose of discussion. It is about the human species as a whole. As given in post 2

"How can we have such intelligence and consciousness for no reason"?

Regarding the other part of the comment at 2, I may say that if the God does not exist and it is all a consequence of evolution, then we face the dilemma of the question above. This situation is intended to be resolved through the discussion.

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