Meaning and the Multiverse is a mind expanding book that illuminates on all aspects of the cosmos and our existence within it. Harnish’s knowledge is expansive, and he expertly connects the dots between science, matter, mind, consciousness and – most importantly – meaning for humanity. The concepts in the book truly opened my eyes on many levels and I appreciated the book as much for its insights into science and technology as for its conclusions about all natural purpose. Meaning in the Multiverse is a ‘must read’ for anyone wondering ‘what does it all mean?’.
As someone who loves to hear new ideas and learn new ways of thinking, Meaning in the Multiverse was an absolute feast. Justin Harnish is able to sum up complex topics into a way of thought that can help you find an examined life. He addresses everything from metaphysics to consciousness and helps clothe it in philosophical meaning. If you are looking for a way to expand your horizons and change your way of thought, this is the book for you. This book can be taken as a whole or read in small pieces and you will still gain something. A great read and an even better contemplation.
In Meaning in the Multiverse, Harnish takes the reader on a journey from the unimaginably small scale of elementary particles to the incomprehensibly large scale of the entire universe and the multiverses. From the weirdness of the early quantum experiments, an understanding of how these phenomena may directly impact the conscious experience of reading this line. Such content can be a recipe that yields a feeling of smallness and personal unimportance, but not so in Meaning in the Multiverse.
Harnish impresses the reader with the majesty of all that is, while in the follow through of the same stroke accomplishes his goal of providing the reader with uniquely compelling reasons to feel a sense of belonging and individual value, as he calls it, all-natural meaning. The scientific revolution with its skepticism of ill-founded beliefs took with it many of humanity’s desperately-sought answers for why it matters at all to exist, and Harnish’s scientific approach fills this void using the same methodological tools that created it.