My recent post, Why Does the World Exist? elicited some extraordinarily thoughtful comments from readers. I published those comments in my last post and this has elicited more insightful comments from readers which I reprint below. Continue reading More Comments on Meaning
My recent post, Why Does the World Exist?, elicited some extraordinarily thoughtful comments from readers. Kevin wrote Continue reading The Past, Present, and Future of The Meaning of Life
Derek Parfit 1942-2017
A reader asked me to clarify Derek Parfit’s distinction—made in my last post—between a local and a cosmic possibility. Here are Parfit’s exact words on the distinction: Continue reading Derek Parfit on Why The World Exists
Jim Holt’s book, Why Does the World Exist?: An Existential Detective Story, tackles the question that Martin Heidegger characterized as the greatest in all philosophy and William James called the darkest in all philosophy—why is there something rather than nothing? Continue reading Why Does the World Exist?
A Harvard study followed 268 undergraduates from the classes of 1938-1940 for 75 years, regularly collecting data on various aspects of their lives. The findings were reported in a recent book by the Harvard psychiatrist George Vaillant: Continue reading Summary of the Harvard Grant Study