From the perspective of Mark Jagger, 32, a sales manager from Engl
What are we here for?
We are the natural process of evolution.
Do you believe in the Big Bang theory that the circa-13.7-billion-year-old universe and all that’s in it was created by a massive explosion of enormously dense matter at what may have been the beginning of time?
Yes, I believe in it. I’m an atheist, so I believe in scientific reasoning, not in god.
Is there a mystery to life?
Yes, life is all a mystery; if it wasn’t, it would be boring.
Do you think we are alone in the universe?
Definitely not. We’ve only began to explore the universe. It would be narrow-minded to think we are the only intelligent species in the universe.
There is a theory that there may be parallel universes with exact copies of us – doppelgangers – doing exactly the same thing as us right now. What do you think about that?
I don’t believe in it, because there’s no scientific proof; the idea doesn’t make sense to me.
What do you think happens to people when they die?
I think that the body dies but the soul lives on.
Where is your soul and what is it?
Your soul lives inside you. I think it’s the lifeform of your persona.
Do you know your place in the universe?
Yes. I take life as a very short existence that people take for granted; they should try to live day by day to be happy.
Some people believe that because we are made of the same matter as the universe – carbon, and other elements, like nitrogen – anything we ask it will be attracted to us, popularized recently in the movie The Secret. What’s your view?
I don’t think it’s true. Life is what you make it. Things don’t happen because you want them to happen, but because you make them happen.
Are we being observed?
No, because it would mean there is a higher power, and I don’t think there is.