July Nonfiction Meetup: "Why Does the World Exist?"

  • Jul 9, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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Please join us for the July nonfiction pick, Why Does the World Exist? by Jim Holt. Due to popular demand, we are meeting at a new location. The library closes at 9, so we have to leave sometime between 8:30 and 9.

“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 something rather than nothing? This runaway bestseller, which has captured the imagination of critics and the public alike, traces our latest efforts to grasp the origins of the universe. Holt adopts the role of cosmological detective, traveling the globe to interview a host of celebrated scientists, philosophers, and writers, “testing the contentions of one against the theories of the other” (Jeremy Bernstein, Wall Street Journal). As he interrogates his list of ontological culprits, the brilliant yet slyly humorous Holt contends that we might have been too narrow in limiting our suspects to God versus the Big Bang. This “deft and consuming” (David Ulin, Los Angeles Times) narrative humanizes the profound questions of meaning and existence it confronts.

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We generally get a HUGE number of RSVPs and a low turnout.  This is fine, but it would be nice if you could change your RSVP to "no" if you decide you can't come.

Thank you!

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry but work is getting in the way tomorrow night. Next time.

    July 8, 2013

  • Faith R.

    other commitment

    July 8, 2013

  • Jerold P.

    I will have to be out of town on Tuesday and thus will miss the meeting - see y'all next time!

    July 3, 2013

  • Renee

    looking forward to reading this and discussing it in a quiet setting...

    June 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Interesting choice of book!

    June 8, 2013

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