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The human touch : our part in the creation of a universe

Author: Michael Frayn
Publisher: New York : Metropolitan Books, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st U.S. edView all editions and formats
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What do we really know? What are we in relation to the world around us? Playwright and novelist Frayn takes on the great questions of his career--and of our lives. Humankind, scientists agree, is an insignificant speck in the impersonal vastness of the universe. But what would that universe be like if we were not here to say something about it? Would there be numbers if there were no one to count them? With wit,  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Frayn
ISBN: 0805081488 9780805081480
OCLC Number: 70232387
Notes: "Originally published in the United Kingdom in 2006 by Faber and Faber"--T.p. verso.
Description: 505 p. ; 25 cm.
Contents: I. Principles --
1. Traffic : fleeting glimpses of a fleeting world --
2. The laws of nature ... : ... and the nature of laws --
3. Events and their ancestry : an almanac of causal lineage --
4. Grand theatre : the structure of space and time --
5. Fingerhold : the world as numbers --
II. Actions --
1. Why the Marmalade? : intention and purpose --
2. How the Marmalade? : the act of deciding --
III. Stories --
1. A cast of characters : thinking of thoughts, speaking of things --
2. Is it true about Lensky? : the truth-functions of fiction, the fiction-functions of truth --
IV. Words --
1. Ricefiring : sense and syntax --
2. The rule of rules : which comes first, the soup or the recipe? --
3. Mailing a cat : how words have meanings --
4. Likeness : the gift of analogy --
V. Homewards --
1. Off-Line : thinking of nothing; idle thoughts; dreams --
2. Home address : and who lives there.
Responsibility: Michael Frayn.
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What do we really know? What are we in relation to the world around us? Playwright and novelist Frayn takes on the great questions of his career--and of our lives. Humankind, scientists agree, is an insignificant speck in the impersonal vastness of the universe. But what would that universe be like if we were not here to say something about it? Would there be numbers if there were no one to count them? With wit, charm, and brilliance, this epic work of philosophy sets out to make sense of our place in the scheme of things. Our contact with the world around us, Michael Frayn shows, is always fleeting and indeterminate, yet we have nevertheless had to fashion a comprehensible universe in which action is possible. But how do we distinguish our subjective experience from what is objectively true and knowable?--From publisher description.

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