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    Quote Originally Posted by Infinite Bubble View Post
    I agree. The interesting question though, is where this drive comes from.
    I'd say it's a subconscious biological drive innate in all species.

    Ever hear about a female preying mantis eating her mate post insemination during times of hunger? (for the female) The male doesn't even fight back. Parents tossing themselves in front of oncoming cars and all kinds of irrational behaviors to "save" their progeny? These mechanisms are ways of ensuring propagation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Infinite Bubble View Post
    I agree. The interesting question though, is where this drive comes from.
    This caused me to think about a video I saw on the Permian mass extinction event.

    The Day the Earth Nearly Died



    Apparently one of the survivors was this guy http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cynodont

    After several evolutions would eventually lead to mammals, which led to us. Yeah, those damn Cynodonts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SpankyMcFly View Post
    On a universal level, the species. It's on the individual level that things get interesting.

    In a hundred years it's very likely that any vestiges of who/what Mal12345 "was" will be gone, in a practical sense. I sure don't remember my great-grandparents, who they were, what paths they had walked & experiences they'd enjoyed/endured, their essence. My grandparents are also gone now as well as my parents. My generation is next
    It also reminds me of a scene at the end of Star Trek Into Darkness, and a lot of other movies.

    You got lost after "It's on the individual level that things get interesting." It's all interesting, as are individual movies.

    Apparently you're not interested in the question of whatever universal end is served by propagating.
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    The purpose of life was to evolve a species that could create an MBTI forum to discuss the purpose of life Now what?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fun in the Sun View Post
    The purpose of life was to evolve a species that could create an MBTI forum to discuss the purpose of life Now what?
    No one knows.
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    Natural Selection tells us that life in the form of DNA has no purpose.

    However Psychology tells us that conscious individuals have purpose.

    And Sociology tells us families, clans, tribes, institutions and nations have conscious purpose.

    So it seems that DNA has no purpose, while consciousness has purpose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mole View Post
    Natural Selection tells us that life in the form of DNA has no purpose.

    However Psychology tells us that conscious individuals have purpose.

    And Sociology tells us families, clans, tribes, institutions and nations have conscious purpose.

    So it seems that DNA has no purpose, while consciousness has purpose.
    What do you mean, DNA has no purpose?

    All you're saying is that DNA isn't conscious therefore it has no purpose.

    But IF dna has a purpose, what would it be?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mal12345 View Post
    What do you mean, DNA has no purpose?

    All you're saying is that DNA isn't conscious therefore it has no purpose.

    But IF dna has a purpose, what would it be?
    Natural Selection says DNA has no purpose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mole View Post
    Natural Selection says DNA has no purpose.
    Why does Natural Selection say that? Is it conscious?
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