“The very purpose of existence is to reconcile the glowing opinion we hold of ourselves with the appalling things that other people think about us.”
—Quentin Crisp

In a Reddit interview with famed evolutionary biologist and staunch atheist Richard Dawkins, Richard was asked:

Reddit: In your opinion, what are the three most important unanswered questions in biology?

Richard Dawkins:

How does consciousness evolve and what is consciousness?

How did life itself begin from non-life? What was the origin of the first self-replicating molecule? The first gene, in effect. That would be the second one.

And the third one would be, why do we have sex?

I found it interesting that these questions are not only deep biological questions, but deep spiritual questions.

“If you thought that science was certain—well, that is just an error on your part.”
—Richard P. Feynman

Feel free to comment by giving answers that actually are the absolute truth. Anything less will be deleted or mocked. Ironically, so might the absolute truth.


For question two, to describe life from non-life as Richard did, almost sounds unscientific. Sort of like the idea of the creation of something from nothing sounds unscientific. Or the religious argument that says there had to be a God to get the whole thing going which, of course, begs the question of who begat God.

Clearly this mass of energy called existence has inconceivably, and thus eternally, always been here, just in different forms. In other words, scientifically speaking, how could existence have not been here and then be here now?

“There is a point where in the mystery of existence contradictions meet; where movement is not all movement and stillness is not all stillness; where the idea and the form, the within and the without, are united; where infinite becomes finite, yet not.”
—Rabindranath Tagore

And for three, the answer ‘Because it feels good,’ only gets part marks—depending of course, on just how good it feels, including a strict definition of what is meant by ‘good.’ But too much information will result in a loss of marks. Good luck!

“Man is the only animal for whom his own existence is a problem which he has to solve.”
—Erich Fromm

Here’s to the mystery, and joy, and lots of lookin’ out for the other fella, too.



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