Does Universe has a Purpose?

From the discussion on the everything list.

>The universe as a whole does not have “purpose” unless you believe in a certain kind of god.

Let us imagine that we have a deterministic theory of everything and it has started at time zero with given initial conditions. Then it is possible to state that the purpose of that initial conditions was to reach the state that we have now. Otherwise, why exactly these initial conditions have been employed? One could definitely imagine that the theory of everything starts with some other initial conditions (also with some values of fundamental constants, etc.).

In my view, the same event can have purpose or not depending on how you describe it. Say a mechanical system develops itself according some Lagrangian. There is no purpose. Yet, if you remember about the variational principle, then the trajectory minimizes some functional and this could be considered as the purpose of the trajectory. Well, this is a word game but then you have also to make your definitions to justify your statement.


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