Ask an atheist: Does the universe have a purpose?

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  • While bestselling author and skeptic Michael Shermer doesn’t believe in God or any outside force that cares about us, he also doesn’t think believe that the existence of one would give our lives meaning.
  • Shermer argues that it is up to us to create purpose for ourselves in various ways, including through meaningful work, familial and romantic relationships, and a connection and respect for the wonder of nature.
  • “It doesn’t matter what happens billions of years from now or whether there’s a God or not, whether there’s an afterlife or not,” he says. “It’s irrelevant. This is the life that matters.”

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