Note: this interview was broadcast on the WGBH public radio affiliate WCAI, on the Cape and Islands!
In this ThoughtCast interview, science writer Jim Holt takes us on a jaunty tour of being and nothingness, existence and emptiness, quantum tunneling and the uncertainty principle. The author of Stop Me If You’ve Heard This: A History and Philosophy of Jokes, Holt lends his wit to a dissection of the puzzle of existence, which happens to be the topic of his just-published book Why Does the World Exist? An Existential Detective Story! A frequent contributor to The New York Times and other publications, Holt approaches his subject with a personal, philosophical and scientific point of view. But does he solve the puzzle?… You tell me!A. J. Ayer, alex vilenkin, Cosmology, Derek Parfit, heisenberg uncertainty principle, jenny attiyeh, jim holt, ludwig wittgenstein, puzzle of existence, quantum tunneling, Robert Nozick, Thomas Nagel, thoughtcast