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Why Does the World Exist?: One Man's Quest for the Big Answer Kindle Edition
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The heart of the book however involves Holt's conversations with some very smart thinkers even as he criss-crosses the globe and spends his time in French cafes contemplating the quirks and facts of his own existence, sometimes poignantly so as he thinks about the demise of his dog (a practical instance of the transformation of something into nothing?).Read more ›
Holt discusses theory after theory and exposes the problems with each of them. In the case of living proponents of the respective theories Holt travels the world to interview and discuss the theories and their problems with those proponents. One of the delightful aspects of this book is that the conversations Holt has with the thinkers he talked to contain many witty and humorous anecdotes. The Canadian cosmologist John Leslie was so proud of his theory until he found that Plato beat him to it 2,500 years ago.
Some of the theories may sound incredible to the uninitiated but Holt describes them with clarity and simplicity without any appearing pedantic. He shows how Plato's (and Leslie's) idea that "existence arose out of a need for goodness" made no sense because such an existence could only be "mental".Read more ›
In the plethora of popular science books - on evolution, quantum physics, the big bang - there are occasionally the odd hints and nudges about ultimate questions - about consciousness, a theory of everything, "Why does the universe bother to exist?" - where workaday science nudges up against philosophy and metaphysics, poses a few of the most basic and unanswerable (or are they ?) questions and stops.
Bolder than them all, this author goes further, grappling with one of the most - maybe the most -fundamental questions - Why is everything here ( if it is?)?
Other authors have been brave at communicating complex and subtle ideas - higher mathematics and physics for the masses. But this guy takes it too another level - in your face metaphysics. Not the easiest topic to convey, but he succeeds. With a heady mix of cosmology, theology, philosophy, he takes us on an exploration of questions that have challenged - and often defeated - the brightest of historical and contemporary minds. Yet he does it in a style that is never boring, never condescending, never obscure.
This is essentially a book about metaphysics - questioning the very nature of reality. Now that, I think, is a tough topic not just to write about but to write about in a way that compels the attention of a respectably sizable audience. Does he succeed? - in my opinion, yes. This is one of the most unputdownable books I have ever read. I have read books about hugely interesting subjects that are incredible in their boringness. I have read books that are of largely uninterestig subjects that are tolerable. This subject , though, is compelling yet intellectually demanding, but its treament here is acccesible and readable.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fascinating and accessible philosophical journey on why the world exists, or why there is something rather than nothing. This really was a page turner. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Wow, what a wonderful mental work-out! I've now read this book twice and can't recommend it highly enough to anyone interested in the really big questions such as "Why is there... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Wintings
Thoroughly enjoyed this romp through an unsolvable philosophical theme. Great stuff!Published 16 months ago by Dr Paul B McCartney
Good title and cover but too 'clever' for me - couldn't get very far with it.Published 18 months ago by MRS JANET E WILLIAMS
Jim Holt has written an engaging tome. He is marvellously well informed about a huge array of other people's work, and I am impressed by that. Read morePublished on 8 July 2014 by Lord P
I stopped reading this book after the 'Quick proof' in the prologue.
Maybe I should have given it a chance; but when a book that attempts to answer philosophical... Read more