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Richard Roose

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A scientifically proveable Purpose to Human Life?

I believe the primary purpose of human life is the Unconditional Love, Care, Nourishment and Education of all of Earth's children; and I believe this can be proven scientifically without any reference to any Deity. The proof lays in the scientific evidence found in the 3.8 billion year fossil record of life on Earth. It is simply that life before humans and most of all living organisms today perform no function other that survival to reproduce.

By the definition of the words function and purpose being interchangeable according the both the English dictionary and the English thesaurus, I believe it is reasonable to say (as many of scientist on earth believe) that the purpose of all other lower evolved life forms is simply to "survival to propagate the species".

As human are simply another organism like all others, which just happens to occupy the top link in the Earth's food supply chain, does not mean that the purpose of human life is any different from other life forms. It is just a bit more complicated because of intelligence; and the size of a mature human brain is much larger than the size of a a female virgina, therefore requiring some 15 or so years during which the child needs Unconditional Love, Care, Nourishment and Education in order to mature into a just, moral and productive citizen of society

I believe almost all of humanity's problems stem from the abuse heaped on children by parents who are ignorant of the fact that they are abusing their children.

I also believe the best way to solve most, if not all of humanity's problems is to teach children How to be Parents before they become parents.

My intentions and hope for posting to this forum is scientific verification or rebuttal of these and other connecting hypotheses.

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    Feb 22 2011: I'm having difficulty in understanding "purpose". My dictionary links it closely to "intention". So the purpose of a watch may be to tell the time, but you need somebody to own the purpose. So my purpose for the one on my wrist is to tell the time, but for the old, no-longer-functioning one in the drawer, it may be to remind me of my grandfather who used to own it.
    So as a being with intentions, I can have purposes for my life, but I don't see how there can be "a purpose to human life" unless some being intends that purpose. The advantage of a deity in this type of discussion is that it provides the being. However, we could be more abstract and acknowledge that we can treat evolution as if it designed us, even without imputing conscious intention. In that case, your question could be rephrased as "what are we well-designed to do". In this sense, I would agree that as we are "designed" (whether you think it is a god or evolution that did the design work) to be intelligent social animals that one of our purposes would be to go beyond mere reproduction and be useful, creative members of a community and one of those uses would be to teach our children what they need to know. However, we can't limit it to just that, as we also have our own purposes which we can create for ourselves, and what there is also we owe to the rest of our community (however widely defined), and in this sense an abstraction of that community is the being which has the purpose.
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      Feb 27 2011: You do not need to see a clock for it to tell the time of day. It keeps sitting there keeping time even if you put it in a drawer. Looking at the clock is YOUR intention and purpose of know the time of day as displayed there.

      Dick Roose
      The most important criteria for all human decisions is...
      "Is it good for children of Earth?"
      http://realityfound.org
      philosophy@realityfound.org

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