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2,237. Fish in tank: They haven’t said much about the meaning of life so far, have they? Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life 1983 starring Graham Chapman & John Cleese & Terry Gilliam & Eric Idle & Terry Jones & Michael Palin & Carol Cleveland & Patricia Quinn & Judy Loe & SImon Jones & Matt Frewer et al, director Terry Jones
2,238. Executive 1: Item six on the agenda, The Meaning of Life. Now uh, Harry, you’ve had some thoughts on this.
Executive 2: Yeah that’s right. I’ve had a team working on this over the past few weeks, and what we’ve come up with can be reduced to two fundamental concepts: one, people aren’t wearing enough hats; two, matter is energy. ibid.
2,239. Cleaning woman Maria on knees scooping Mr Creosote’s sick: Well I’ve worked in worse places, philosophically speaking. Yeah, I used to work in the Academie Francaise. But it didn’t do me any good at all. And I once worked in the Library – in the Prada – in Madrid. They didn’t teach me nothing I recall. And the Library of Congress you’d have thought would hold some key but it didn’t. And neither did the Bodleian Library. In the British Museum I hoped to find some clue. I worked there from nine to six when everybody was through, but it didn’t teach me nothing about Life’s mystery. I just kept getting older. It got more difficult to see till eventually me eyes went and me arthritis got bad. So now I’m cleaning up in here. But I can’t be really sad. ’Cause you see I feel Life’s just a game. You sometimes win or lose. And although I may be down right now at least I don’t work for Jews. (Meaning of Life & Work & Game & Jew) ibid.
2,240. Lady Presenter: Well that’s the end of the film. Now, here’s the Meaning of Life [receives envelope]. Thank you, Brigitte [opens envelope]. Mhmmm. Well it’s nothing very special. Uh, try to be nice to people. Avoid eating fat. Read a good book every now and then. Get some walking in. And try and live together in peace and harmony with people of all creeds and nations. And, finally, here are some completely gratuitous pictures of penises to annoy the sponsors and hopefully spark some sort of controversy. (Meaning of Life & Penis) ibid.
43. Just remember that you’re standing on a planet that’s revolving, and revolving at nine hundred miles an hour. It’s orbiting at ninety miles a second, so it’s reckoned, the sun that is the source of all our power. The sun and you and me and all the stars that we can see are moving at a million miles a day. In an outer spiral arm at forty thousand miles an hour in a galaxy we call the Milky Way.
Our galaxy itself contains a hundred billion stars. It’s a hundred thousand light years side to side. It bulges in the middle sixteen thousand light years thick. And out by us it’s just three thousand light years wide. We’re thirty thousand light years from galactic central point. We got round every two hundred million years. And our galaxy is only one of millions of billions in this amazing and expanding universe. The universe itself keeps expanding and expanding in all the directions it can whiz. As fast as it can go the speed of light you know twelve million miles a minute and that’s the fastest speed there is. So remember when you’re feeling very small and insecure how amazing and unlikely is your birth. And pray that there’s intelligent life somewhere up in space. ’Cause there’s bugger all down here on Earth. (God & Earth & Galaxy & Space & Universe & Meaning of Life & Cosmology & Astronomy) ibid. song & dance routine
2,247. Life makes the wonders of technology seem commonplace. So where does life come from? What is it? Why are we here? What are we for? What is the Meaning of Life? There’s a conventional wisdom which says that Science has nothing to say about such questions. Well all I can say is that if Science has nothing to say, it’s certain that no other disciple can say anything at all. (Meaning of Life & Science & Life) Dr Richard Dawkins, lecture 1: Waking Up in the Universe 1991
2,248. We reach out in our search of meaning, until we suddenly realise it is we who actually provide the purpose in a universe which would otherwise would have none ... A new kind of purpose is abroad in the universe: it resides in us. Professor Richard Dawkins, Why Are We Here?
5,519. The human race is one of the wonders of the universe. It may be unique. And of all our remarkable properties one stands out: it is that we are restlessly drawn to ask questions like, Why are we here? What is the purpose of life? (Life & Meaning of Life) ibid.
2,249. If you’ll let it, science can offer the best answer to the deep questions of existence: how am I? Where did I come from? What am I for? It will illuminate the world you live in and show you where you stand in the universe. (Meaning of Life & Science) Professor Richard Dawkins, Break the Science Barrier
5,694. Science offers the best answers to the meaning of life. Science offers the privilege of understanding before you die why you were ever born in the first place. (Evolution & Science & Meaning of Life) Professor Richard Dawkins
2,250. Science does actually tell you about the Meaning of Life; that you would say is the explanatory domain. We all make our own Meaning of Life. (Meaning of Life & Science) Professor Richard Dawkins, In Confidence
2,482. How do we explain the mysteries of life? Science has steadily overturned old religious myths about how all this came to be. Yet those who adhere to Judaism, Christianity or Islam still prefer to ignore reason, and have faith in their for ever unprovable omniscient creator. I had thought Science was rolling back religious belief but I was wrong. Far from being beaten, militant faith is on the march all across the world with terrifying consequences. As a scientist I am increasingly worried about how Faith is undermining Science; it’s something we must resist. (Faith & Science & Meaning of Life & Religion & God & Fundamentalism) Professor Richard Dawkins, The Root of All Evil? The Virus of Faith
551. More and more of us realise there is no God and yet religion still has a hold over us. I think ideas of saints and sinners, heaven and hell, still shape our thinking. I want to give you a scientific alternative. (Religion & God & Science & Meaning of Life) Richard Dawkins, Sex, Death and The Meaning of Life I: Sin, Channel 4 2012
552. What happens as we move on and leave religion behind? What will guide and inspire us in a world free from all gods? How can an atheist find meaning in life? (Religion & God & Gods & Science & Meaning of Life & Atheism) ibid.
562. What happens when you realise the dream is true? (Religion & Dream & Meaning of Life) Richard Dawkins, Sex, Death and the Meaning of Life II
563. A more difficult question – What if anything can take God’s place? (Religion & God & Meaning of Life) ibid.
564. Religion denies death is real. (Religion & Meaning of Life & Death) ibid.
565. Intuition rebels: we seem to want to believe that there’s some essence of ourselves: something that would not go across with all those molecules, something that a religious person might want to all a soul.
It’s so hard to shake off the religious way of death. We are programmed to believe in something like a soul.
Religion still dominates our thinking about death. (Religion & Meaning of Life & Death & Soul) ibid.
567. Easily snuffed out in an instant, what is Life’s meaning? (Religion & Meaning of Life) Richard Dawkins, Sex, Death and The Meaning of Life III
568. If there is no God, what is the Meaning of Life? (Religion & God & Meaning of Life) ibid.
569. What’s the point? (Religion & Meaning of Life) ibid.
570. We have less control over our lives than we might like to think. (Religion & Meaning of Life & Life’s Like That) ibid.
571. Atheists may think they’ve given up God but it’s only human to cling to the idea that things happen for a reason. (Religion & Atheism & God & Meaning of Life) ibid.
572. Camus rejected religion as a source for the meaning he craved. (Religion & Meaning of Life) ibid.
573. Surely meaning is found when we revolt against outrageous fortune. (Religion & Meaning of Life) ibid.
574. Meaning is subjective, something personal. (Religion & Meaning of Life) ibid.
4,127. We can make our own world. We can make our own purposes, our own warmth, our own affections, our own loves, and we can lead a life that’s anything but bleak. (World & Life’s Like That & Meaning of Life) Professor Richard Dawkins
5,514. Life results from the non-random survival of randomly varying replicators. (Life & Evolution & Meaning of Life) Professor Richard Dawkins
53,166. The total amount of suffering per year in the natural world is beyond all decent contemplation. During the minute that it takes me to compose this sentence, thousands of animals are being eaten alive, many others are running for their lives, whimpering with fear, others are slowly being devoured from within by rasping parasites, thousands of all kinds are dying of starvation, thirst, and disease. It must be so. If there ever is a time of plenty, this very fact will automatically lead to an increase in the population until the natural state of starvation and misery is restored. In a universe of electrons and selfish genes, blind physical forces and genetic replication, some people are going to get hurt, other people are going to get lucky, and you won't find any rhyme or reason in it, nor any justice. The universe that we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil, no good, nothing but pitiless indifference. (Creationism & Intelligent Design & Evolution & Meaning of Life & Luck & Cruelty & Starvation & Suffering) Richard Dawkins, River Out of Eden: A Darwinian View of Life