NPR culture http://kplu.org en Is it silly to seek purpose in the natural world? http://kplu.org/post/it-silly-seek-purpose-natural-world-0 Science and religion alike grapple with some of our deepest questions: What is the purpose of life? Why is the natural world just so? Why does the biological world strike us as so exquisitely designed?<p>But do all questions deserve an answer? In a 2008 lecture, Richard Dawkins argued that they don't (you can hear his lecture on "The Purpose of Purpose" <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mT4EWCRfdUg">here</a>). In particular, we can't always answer <em>purpose-seeking</em> "why" questions. Mon, 29 Oct 2012 17:06:07 +0000 6876 at http://kplu.org Is it silly to seek purpose in the natural world? The city as engine: Energy, entropy and the triumph of disorder http://kplu.org/post/city-engine-energy-entropy-and-triumph-disorder Cities may be the defining element of human civilization.<p>The path from hunter-gatherers in the Paleolithic era 25,000 years ago to the high-tech, high-wonder jumble we inhabit today runs straight through cities. In traveling that path, our construction of cities has always been a dance with physics. Tue, 21 Aug 2012 19:12:10 +0000 6045 at http://kplu.org The city as engine: Energy, entropy and the triumph of disorder