Tuesday, January 05, 2010

On the origin of meaning

Does evolution by natural selection rob life of a sense of purpose, as many have feared? I suggest that, on the contrary, Darwin has made it possible to understand how purpose, like life, builds from small beginnings, from the ground up.
Brian Boyd, in the Afterword to On the Origin of Stories: Evolution, Cognition and Fiction (Harvard University Press, 2009).

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