BrianW, Lew, H, as much as I love a scientific debate, I'm going to refrain from this one (did I just write that???) because it brings up some clashes within me which really strike a chord of personal values and I usually choose not to speak about things so personal as spirituality. My only comment is I agree with BrianW that Evolution and ID can coexist, but until the day a physicist defines "God" (and there are some working on that very question, sort of), I'll keep my faith to myself (where it should be). Actually Brian, as I read back over your ideas on "purpose of life", I see my parenthetical "and there are some working on that very question, sort of" is not a "sort of" at all. I think deep down, every scientist may be searching for a "god", not just by the quest for knowledge to understand the universe, but by contemplation of the wonders and mysteries of the universe which spurs that quest in the first place. Going back to the various "scientists know nothing and only the non-scientists can grasp the ethereal wonders of the world" threads, my statement may appear quite self-serving, but I feel it is true, none the less. Without the curiosity and wonder of the unknown setting initial value on knowledge, knowledge itself is worth nothing. If initialized by that spark of curiousity and thirst for the unknown - knowledge becomes priceless. So what is the purpose of life? I wonder . . .