Jim Holt  is  an American journalist, author, and essayist. He was editor of a political magazine called The New Leader.

His book Why Does the World Exist?: An Existential Detective Story was named one of the 10 best books by the New York Times; the book has been published worldwide in 18 languages. Holt is currently writing books on free will, rationality, self-deception, weakness of will, and happiness.

In his book, he has worked with an unconventional Oxford philosopher, a French monk who lived with the Dalai Lama, a Physics Nobel Laureate, and John Hoyer Updike who was a famous American novelist, poet, short-story writer just before he died.

All the thinkers, physicists, biologists, writers, and philosophers, Jim in his book had conversations, have struggled with the Primordial Existential Question. Jim also sat down with Sean Carroll at the LA Library to talk about his views on the most fundamental question. If you want to know what Sean think read this blog “Purpose of life Sean Carroll.” or watch the video:

Why does the universe exist? This question for me is the same as “what is the meaning of life?” or “what is the purpose of life?”. Would you agree?

Philosopher and writer Jim Holt in his books asks, why is there something and not nothing? why does the universe exist and why are we in it?

His book has marked a new direction for science writing, he says his reputation is as one of the few pop-science practitioners, whose main aim is aesthetic bliss.

I think most people who have experienced aesthetic bliss in the presence of scientific material are drained into scientific professions, they do not write for magazines like Holt.

His famous Ted talk is the best piece of intellectual explanation on the topic of the purpose of life with a flavor of Humor that really makes you laugh and at the same time makes you wonder why are we here?.

Each year the Isaac Asimov Memorial Debate invites some of the best minds of our time to discuss fundamental unanswered questions in science.

In the year 2013, the group explored the existence of nothing in a mind-blowing conversation between Jim Holt, theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss, astrophysics professor J. Richard Gott, NYU professor Charles Seife, and physicist Eva Silverstein, this discussion was moderated by none other than Neil deGrasse Tyson.

This very wide-ranging conversation covered popular topics such as quantum mechanics, black holes, space-time, and famous string theory.