A revealing quote by atheist Matt Ridley from the “Does the Universe Have a Purpose?” debate:
We’ve searched for purpose in the large structures of space, we’ve searched for it in the subatomic particles, we’ve searched for it in natural history, we’ve searched for it in bodies, we’ve searched for it in genes. We haven’t found it. Yes, it might be around the corner, but it doesn’t seem very likely now. We’ve found pattern, we haven’t found purpose. That’s telling us something. It’s a unicorn.
He’s spot on about one thing: Purpose can’t come from mere matter. No great mind behind the universe, no purpose. But his method of looking for it reminds me of this.