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The Purposeful Universe

Biologist Dan Kuebler and other experts discuss the science that impacts our understanding of God, the cosmos, and ourselves.
About The Purposeful Universe

The Purposeful Universe

The Purposeful Universe provides science-driven videos and web content focused on the abundant order in nature, from cosmology, to biological evolution, to consciousnessThis order demonstrates increasing levels of complexity and sophistication, suggesting that human life is the purposeful outcome of a complex, ordered system. 

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To uncover whether the universe has underlying order, it is essential to understand how, or if, the universe began. 

Browse articles, videos and other resources that elaborate on cosmological models, theories and research for a deeper understanding of how our universe works and what its purpose may be.

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Biological Evolution

When studying biological evolution, there are fascinating examples of order demonstrated in nature. Whether through comparing patterns across geography and time, or scrutinizing what happens at the molecular level, there seems to be a system. 

Browse articles and videos about biological evolution

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Human consciousness is a puzzling phenomenon, and scientists are still striving to define and understand it.

These articles and videos dive into the perplexing and vast realms of consciousness, the human brain, and sophisticated language.

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The Purpose of Life

Is the universe a random reaction or accident? Or is there order and purpose behind the scientific laws and reactions that govern the existence of galaxies, planets and living beings? 

Read about finding purpose in the universe and in our lives.

Meet Dr. Dan Kuebler

One of our principal scientists, Dr. Dan Kuebler, is Dean of the School of Natural and Applied Sciences at Franciscan University of Steubenville. He holds a Ph.D. in Molecular and Cell Biology from UC Berkeley and is a leading expert for The Purposeful Universe. 

Download a Free Ebook by Dr. Kuebler about Order, Chance and Design in Evolution

Purposeful Universe Presenters

Jennifer Wiseman, PH.D. ASTROPHYSICSAstrophysicist and advocate for science outreach and engagement
Jennifer Wiseman, PH.D. ASTROPHYSICS
Karin Oberg, Ph.D. AstrochemistryProfessor of Astronomy, Harvard University
Karin Oberg, Ph.D. Astrochemistry
Daniel Kuebler, Ph.D. Molecular and Cell BiologyProfessor of Biology, Franciscan University of Steubenville; Co-host, Purposeful Universe podcast
Daniel Kuebler, Ph.D. Molecular and Cell Biology
Maggie Ciskanik, MS, MSc NEUROSCIENCEMaggie Ciskanik, MS, MSc, a former neurological nurse turned cognitive researcher and science writer
Maggie Ciskanik, MS, MSc NEUROSCIENCE
Robert Spitzer, S.J., Ph.D. Philosophy of SciencePresident, The Magis Center; President Emeritus, Gonzaga University
Robert Spitzer, S.J., Ph.D. Philosophy of Science
Catherine Hadro CommunicationsFreelance journalist and publicist;
Co-host, Purposeful Universe podcast
Catherine Hadro Communications