According to MinutePhysics, the Templeton Foundation asked astronomer Neil deGrasse Tyson to answer the question, “Does the universe has a purpose?” Now I’m not sure whether they paid him to answer (taking such money would, in my view, be offensive), but I don’t think they’ll like Tyson’s answer given in the short video below. (It’s illustrated with MinutePhysics’ drawings.) Tyson’s a wee bit on-the-fencey, but definitely suggests that creatures make their own purpose.
Give this a listen; it’s only 2.5 minutes long. And his answer, toward the end of the video, is pretty clear:
“So while I cannot claim to know for sure whether or not the universe has a purpose, the case against it is strong—and visible to anybody who sees the universe as it is, rather than as they wish it to be.”
If that’s not an explicit rejection of religion, I don’t know what is.
Tyson has risen again in my esteem, so long as he wasn’t paid by Templeton for this (and Templeton usually does pay for such answers).
h/t: Greg Mayer