Does the Universe Have a Purpose? Neil deGrasse Tyson Says Probably Not

The YouTube series Minute Physics brings the astrophysicist's take on the eternal question to life.

Given that humans weren't even around to pose the question for 99.9999% of cosmic history, Tyson asks, is it likely that humans were the end goal of this whole operation? The creation of humans -- and our search for meaning -- hardly seem to have been a priority for the universe. In the video below, the YouTube series Minute Physics brings the astrophysicist's take on the eternal question to life with its signature whiteboard illustrations. 

For more videos from Minute Physics, visit the YouTube channel. 

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Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg joined The Atlantic in 2011 to launch its video channel and, in 2013, create its in-house video production department. She leads the development and production of original documentaries, interviews, and other video content for The Atlantic. Previously, she worked as a producer at Al Gore’s Current TV and as a content strategist and documentary producer in San Francisco. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University.

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