RE: The Meaning of Life(tm) (was Re: virus: Religion)

David McFadzean (
Mon, 26 May 1997 09:45:58 -0600

At 12:09 PM 26/05/97 +0100, Robin Faichney wrote:

>If anyone is interested in a thorough, in fact mathematical,
>account of the relationships between information, causation
>and communication, I have a book at home at which I have
>yet to glance, but which I'm told tells all about them. It was
>written by a philosopher (not one I've seen mentioned here)
>in the mid-seventies.

Yes, please.

>>Now applying that to all life in the universe, the real effect is
>>the high end of the complexity spectrum we observe in the organization
>>of matter and energy, including human consciousness and civilization.
>>The intended effect of life seems to be more life, more complexity;
>>as far as I can tell, if life has a purpose it is to animate (literally
>>"breathe life into" the universe). Catch phrase: universal animation.
>Umm, couldn't this be reduced to: the meaning of life is life?

Not really, because you simplified away the temporal aspect which
renders the statement untrue. I guess it could be reduced to
the meaning of all future life is all previous life.

David McFadzean       
Memetic Engineer      
Church of Virus