Polymath: So if I understand what you mean with the biological imperative correctly it is that life simply replicates, nothing else. Hmm. In all honesty I find that answer somewhat of a letdown. If you dont mind I would like to ask you two slightly personal questions. Please know that I dont mean to be disrespectful in any way, but am just curious. You live with a belief that offers no meaning to keep on living. How do you handle that? I for one was never able to accept it. What kind of meaning do you fill your life with? What makes you get up from your bed in the morning, except the need to pay your bills if you are to die an a more comfortable way than starving on the street? As stated before no belief can be proved with hard fact, but one of them has to be true (or at least more true than the rest). If your belief turns out to be right, your life here is useless and you will simply cease to exist when you die. If it turns out to be wrong and some other religion is right, ceasing to exist is normally your best-case scenario. If you were to follow any other religion and it was right then you would be rewarded in some way - either with an in some way better life now or an some way better life later. If that other religion should turn out to be false, you are in the same position as when following atheism. What makes you put your bet into the only available option that will make you loose in all cases? I have never understood what makes people willfully do this. I agree with you on the process of life refinement being majestic. Small lumps of mathematical wave functions assembling into greater lumps of mathematical wave functions that develop systems of self-regulation, somehow evolves into lumps of self-regulating life, then after billions of years of assembly, development and refinement evolves into conscious life such as humans with the ability to for example speak, reason, explore the world around them, feel such things as love and joy, laugh at funny jokes, and much more its amazing. Even though I too acknowledge humans as intelligent monkeys sharing the same heritage as the great apes, my perspective is a bit different from yours as I praise the beauty of what in my eyes is Gods work.