As An Atheist Can Your Life Have Purpose and Meaning?

I was wondering what other people thought about this.

I realize we weren't born with a purpose. No creator or "higher calling".

But as a non believer can your life have meaning and purpose without god?

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There was indeed a trend (not direction) at the very beginning of life molecules, to more complex structures. But that trend as long passed, today evolution happens in every single direction, it's all about niche occupation/optimisation. Even Homo sapiens sapiens is physically lesser than Homo sapiens neanderthalis, body mass and brain mass.

yes, evolution is mostly "refinement towards specialization" and we are not any "more evolved" than a dog.  cognition & consciousness however are new -like wings at one point. 

Our cognition is not better, just different. And consciousness, as another poster has hinted at under the guise of free will, be well be an illusion. Studies have demonstrated that even when we think we're deciding to turn left or right for example, our muscles moved before we are aware of making that decision. It is our subconscious ruling the game. I used to be a "cogito ergo sum" person, many years ago, when I was a teenager, I no longer agree with that proverb.

John, interestingly said.

And this: "Quantum Physics has fished out some interesting results such as the observer affects reality simply by observing."

Does Quantum Physics (or anything else) fish out the reverse, that the act of observing reality affects the observer?

When enough people observe politics, politics changes. Does observing politics change the observer?

There is no anthropoligical, archeological, paleontological, biological evidence for any of your statements:

1-there is no evidence that humans beyond 1000 years all procreated

2-there is no evidence that purpose was pondered about before a couple of thousand years ago. The modern Homo sapiens sapiens has been genetically similar since 50,ooo yrs

3-questions stops making since at the first WHY, only religious education has "big why's". Science is never about "big why's", it's about small how's. Witnessing and observing is a fine way to grow through life, if we ALL lived like that, there would be no shame about the actions of humanity.

Whew -I had to make sure I had my facts straight.  I DO -and here they are.

Origin of Life: 3,500,000,000

Origin of Primates: 60,000,000

Group containing humans and apes begins to appear: 23,000,000

Earliest hominids (bipeds) appear in Africa: 7-6,000,000

First Australopithecus: 4,200,000

Earliest possible use of sharp stone for cutting: 3,400,000

Earliest documented manufacture of stone tools: 2,600,000

Claimed "early Homo" fossils appear: 2-2,500,000

First Homo of modern body proportions in Africa: 1,600,000 - 1,900,000

Hominids first leave Africa (Dmanisi): 1,800,000

First stone tools made of deliberate shape: 1,760,000

Homo erectus appears in Asia: 1,700,000 - 1,600,000

First Homo fossils in Europe: 1,400,000 - 1,200,000

Earliest evidence of domesticated fire in hearths: 790,000

Homo antecessor appears in Europe: 780,000

First Old World-wide hominid, Homo heidelbergensis: 600,000

First evidence of Neanderthal lineage in Europe: >530,000

Earliest blade tools in Africa: 500,000

Earliest wooden spears, hafted tools: 400,000

First evidence of constructed shelters: 400,000 - 350,000

Earliest prepared-core tools: 300,000 - 200,000

Origin of anatomically recognizable Homo sapiens in Africa: ~200,000

First possible bead work: ~100,000

Earliest engravings, heat-treatment of silcrete: ~75,000

Exodus of cognitively symbolic Homo sapiens from Africa: 70,000 - 60,000

First modern humans in Australia: 60,000

First modern humans in Europe, flower of art and symbols: 40,000 - 30,000

Extinction of Neanderthals, Homo erectus: ~30,000

Homo floresienses extinct: 14,000

Plant cultivation and animal domestication begins: 11,000


"only religious education has big why's" - I disagree, the philosophers, 400BC, asked the big why's.  Theology replaced rationality about 300-400AD.

zero +/- 500, yep. I'm not only looking at Christianity here.

I love zombies! Just kidding.

I don't reproduce myself John.

Educating others would be a purpose of sorts.

right #1 is just 'A' purpose, and not a very high one at that.  The #2, making your own path, is the real gem here, -educating others, turning people away from ignorance would be a great purpose.

Thank you very much John for adding to the discussion. Appreciate it!




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