How about this:
"Man is the result of a purposeless and natural process that did not have
him in mind"
George Gaylord Simpson, The Meaning of Evolution, pp. 344-345.
Quoted by Johnson at the following:
Philosophy Department and Liberal Studies Program
California State University Fullerton
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Sent: Monday, March 26, 2001 10:57 AM
To: Bert M; firstname.lastname@example.org
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--- Bert M <email@example.com> wrote:
> I am looking for a specific quotation.
> It was a statement that was made by a well known
> organization or person.
> This is well known statement but I just cannot find
> Something to the effect
> "We are the result of a mechanical universe, an
> accident, the universe
> did not have us in mind."
> Anyone know the exact quotation and reference?
> Bert M
It is probably not what you are looking for, but
Dawkins has made some statements that are very close
to the content of your statement above.
We are machines built by DNA whose purpose is to make
more copies of the same DNA Flowers are for the same
thing as everything else in the living kingdoms, for
spreading 'copy-me' programmes about, written in DNA
That is EXACTLY what we are for. We are machines for
propagating DNA, and the propagation of DNA is a self
sustaining process. It is every living objects' sole
reason for living... [CLSG, p. 21]
We can now see human purpose for what it really is. It
is a product of our brains that has evolved by natural
selection. Originally there was no purpose in the
universe. For 3000 million years, life forms grew on
this planet dripping with designoid elegance and
reeking with apparent purpose. Then, came along one
species that was given, natural selection, not digging
claws like a mole or streamlining like dolphin, but a
powerful and flexible on-board computer. This computer
is our brain and the nature and potential of our brain
is the difference between us and every other living
thing. It is our sense of purpose. [CL5]
CL1-lst 1991 Royal Institution Christmas
Lecture-Waking up in the universe [series repeated in
CL 2-2nd lecture-Designed and designoid objects.
CL 3-3rd lectur-Climbing Mount Improbable.
CL 4-4th lecture-The ultraviolet garden.
CL 5-5th lecture-The genesis of purpose.
CLSG-Christmas lecture study guide, Growing up in the
universe, BBC Study Guide to the Christmas lectures,
London: BBC Education 1991.
I hope this can be helpful.
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