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Comment 29 by Zeuglodon

If a hammer's purpose is to hammer nails, then that means that I want to hammer nails and I give the hammer a purpose by picking it up and using it.

Quite! If my hammer breaks and I finish knocking in the nail with a rock, I have given the rock a purpose - but it did not have one in the first place! - as in my earlier comment 13. Purpose is a property of people, applied to objects and materials. That is why it is ludicrous to attribute "purpose", to distant parts of the Universe!

Mon, 02 Apr 2012 18:24:27 UTC | #931962