Why does the world exist? : an existential detective story by Holt, Jim, 1954-

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Why is there a world rather than nothing at all? This question remains the most curious and most enduring of all metaphysical mysteries. Moving away from the narrower paths of Christopher Hitchens, Roger Penrose and Stephen Hawking who insist that science alone is capable of explaining how our cosmos came into being, the author enters this debate as he examines our efforts to grasp the origins of the universe. He takes on the role of cosmological detective, and traces the riddle of existence from the ancient world to modern times, suggesting that we might have been too narrow in limiting our suspects to God and the Big Bang theory.

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  • Published: New York : Liveright Pub. Corp., 2012
  • ISBN: 9780871404091 (hardcover) :, 0871404095 (hardcover)
  • Format: Book
  • Language: English
  • Edition: 1st ed.
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  • Physical Description: vi, 309 p. ; 25 cm.
  • Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. 283-294) and index.
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Katharine Drexel Branch 113 H742W Floating Adult Hardback Adult Department  
Lovett Branch 113 H742W Floating Adult Hardback Adult Department  
Lovett Branch 113 H742W Adult Hardback Adult Department  
Northeast Regional Library 113 H742W Floating Adult Hardback Adult Department  
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Parkway Central Library 113 H742W Adult Hardback Education, Philosophy, and Religion  

Table of Contents

  1. A quick proof that there must be something rather than nothing, for modern people who lead busy lives
  2. Confronting the mystery
  3. Could our world have been created by a hacker?
  4. Philosophical tour d'horizon
  5. The arithmetic of nothingness
  6. A brief history of nothing
  7. The Great Rejectionist
  8. Finite or infinite?
  9. Night thoughts at the Café de Flore
  10. The inductive theist of North Oxford
  11. The supreme brute fact
  12. The Magus of the Multiverse
  13. The end of explanation
  14. The ultimate free lunch?
  15. Nausea
  16. Waiting for the final theory
  17. A word on many worlds
  18. Platonic reflections
  19. It from bit
  20. "The ethical requiredness of there being something"
  21. An Hegelian in Paris
  22. The last word from All Souls
  23. Epistolary interlude: The proof
  24. The world as a bit of light verse
  25. The self: do I really exist?
  26. Return to nothingness
  27. Over the Seine.

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