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Why Does the World Exist?: An Existential Detective Story, Jim Holt (2012)


Well I just wrote a long post about this which disappeared when I hit the “publish” button. Coincidence?

So, nutshell: Nicely done. Occasionally got a little too sciencey for me, and when people start talking about logic I want to jump out a window, but there was a lot of great stuff in here. I particularly liked learning about the fecundity principle, Spinoza, and the bias toward nothingness as the ontological norm.


P. S. The titular question is not the one Holt poses to the various philosophers and scientists he interviews. Rather, he asks the far more interesting¬†“Why is there something rather than nothing?” I guess the publisher’s publicists didn’t think that was catchy enough.