I apologize for the slow going lately. It's a combination of being slammed at work and being totally smitten with a fantastic woman. The free time I have left has been spent practicing guitar, which always takes precedence over blogging.
Anyway, I'm sure I'll be back in the groove soon as work settles down, but in the meantime here's an outstanding talk from Sean Carroll. First he contends that our understanding of the universe doesn't leave room for spirits or higher purpose and meaning; then he explains how we can still find purpose and meaning. It mirrors my own thoughts on the subject almost exactly, but he's a way smarter guy than I am.