Why does god exist, and how did he make the world it may be some consolation to the religious to realise that science, too, is constitutionally incapable of bringing all questioning to an end. Why is there a world rather than nothing at all' 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, the celebrated essayist jim. Whether framed philosophically as why is there a world rather than nothing at all or more colloquially as but, mommy, who made god the metaphysical mystery about how we came into existence remains the most fractious and fascinating question of all time.
In jim holt's enjoyable book, why does the world existan existential detective story, he recounts conversations with a wide variety of thinkers, from physicists and biologists to writers and philosophers, who have struggled with the primordial existential question. Auto suggestions are available once you type at least 3 letters use up arrow (for mozilla firefox browser alt+up arrow) and down arrow (for mozilla firefox browser alt+down arrow) to review and enter to select. Why does ought to exist, imply, does exists leslie replies: goodness is required existence, in a non-trivial sense (holt, 203) the evidence for his view, leslie claims, is the fact of the existence of the world—an existence which cries out for an explanation. He [jim holt] leaves us with the question stephen hawking once asked but couldn't answer, 'why does the universe go through all the bother of existing' — ron rosenbaum (slate) in why does the world exist mr holt picks up this question about being versus nothingness and runs quite a long and stylish way with it.
In other words, why does the universe exist at all there is a long and strong philosophical tradition examining these questions some trace the argument back to pre-socratic philosophers. A world without a beginning also gives an answer to the question of why do i exist (p 18) we all have existed forever there is no beginning so the question has no meaning another frequently asked question is, what is the meaning of life. Language selector tedcom translations are made possible by volunteer translators learn more about the open translation project. Why does the world exist is a comprehensive rundown of philosophers' and scientists' views on the topic of being and nothingness throughout history, and at the same time holt manages to.
The christian does not condone wrongdoing by claiming that it is god's world, neither does he assume that everything that happens is agreed to by god god does not desire evil nor does he ever condone it. People have wrestled with the mystery of why the universe exists for thousands of years pretty much every ancient culture came up with its own creation story - most of them leaving the matter in. This detailed literature summary also contains topics for discussion on why does the world exist: an existential detective story by jim holt jim holt, a philosopher, author, and essayist who has been published in the new york times, the new yorker, and similar publication, has written a book to. The next question that you seem to think of after you think of why the world exists is most likely: why do you exist, why do i exist, why do people exist in general for some, they may go back to why the world exists and give the same explanation that they believe.
An elegant and enlightening book that takes the reader on an absorbing journey through the physics, philosophy and religion of existence. The question why does the world exist rhymes with the question why do i exist both cosmic and personal existence are precarious in the extreme this was borne in upon me when, just as i was writing the last chapters of the book, about the self and death, my mother unexpectedly died. Other things only exist in the internal realm of the mind like my love of chocolate, my understanding of calculus, and my memory of yesterday so for descartes everything was either mental or physical and then there are lots and lots of subcategories and fine distinctions to be made. His book, why does the world exist was a new york times bestseller for 2013 his latest book, when einstein walked with gödel: excursions to the edge of thought, will be released on. Why does the word exist is more fun than a book this serious has any right to be holt has written a metaphysical page-turner and a triumph of intellectual liveliness holt has written a metaphysical page-turner and a triumph of intellectual liveliness.
And why do i exist in the first place these questions are huge, we all ask them, and thankfully the bible helps us with answers in the form of a litmus test we are made by god to image him in the world. Jim holt, a prominent essayist and critic on philosophy, mathematics, and science, is a frequent contributor to the new york times book review and the new york review of books. So, if both of these are true, why does god allow evil if god has the power to prevent evil and desires to prevent evil, why does he still allow evil perhaps a practical way to look at this question would be to consider some alternative ways people might have god run the world. So the question as to why do worlds exist, or wouldn't it be better not to exist, i think the vedic scriptures postulate, that intelligence dormance led way to intelligent consciousness which led way to multipled various active intelligent conscious material states.
So why does the work exist it is a question that can throw the start of a new week - maybe the very week that starts today - into a whole new focus  john williams, no small talk: jim holt on why the world exists, the new york times, july 18, 2012. The washington post notable non-fiction of 2013 i can imagine few more enjoyable ways of thinking than to read this book—sarah bakewell, new york times book review, front-page review tackling the darkest question in all of philosophy with raffish erudition (dwight garner, new york times), author jim holt explores the greatest metaphysical mystery of all: why is there. In why does the world exist, jim holt, an elegant and witty writer comfortably at home in the problem's weird interzone between philosophy and scientific cosmology, sets out in search of such answersthere is no way to do justice to any of these theories in a brief review, but holt traces the reasoning behind each one with care and. Note: citations are based on reference standards however, formatting rules can vary widely between applications and fields of interest or study the specific requirements or preferences of your reviewing publisher, classroom teacher, institution or organization should be applied.