From neurosurgeon Michael Egnor at Evolution News & Views:
Materialists struggle with purpose in nature, because their ideology rules out natural purposes, and yet purpose is obvious everywhere in nature. How can materialists reconcile their ideology with quite contradictory facts?
They talk gibberish. The current buzzword is entropy, which allegedly prevents purpose.
While entropy is a kind of physical disorder, it is, from a metaphysical perspective, a very clear kind of order in natural change: a consistent tendency for the net order of material things to decrease with change. As a consistent tendency, entropy is teleological. Teleology pervades nature: even disorganization in nature is teleological.
Entropy isn’t a refutation of Aristotelian teleology. It’s a strikingly clear manifestation of it.
After misunderstanding Aristotle’s metaphysics, Carter goes on to misunderstand science, and to confuse teleology with purpose. More.
Dr. Egnor promises to pick up this theme in further posts.
In general, naturalism forces people to talk gibberish, at best, when addressing anything to do with purpose, value, ethics, and such.
See also: Naturalist claims there really IS purpose in life Accidentally, through Darwinian evolution.
Philosopher: The universe does not care about purpose but we should anyway