A Beginner’s Guide to Reality

  • by Jim Baggott
  • Narrated by Victor Bevine
  • 9 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A unique fusion of philosophy and metaphysics set against the backdrop of contemporary culture. Have you ever wondered if the world is really there when you're not looking? We tend to take the reality of our world very much for granted. This book will lead you down the rabbit hole in search of something we can point to, hang our hats on, and say this is real.
Along the way Jim Baggott presents the important arguments concerning the nature reality as examined by the world's greatest thinkers from the philosophers of ancient Greece to modern scientists and social theorists and takes on materialism, perception, and progress in a refreshingly new and entertaining way.


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A real great listen on the nature of reality

In last five or so years that I have been listening to audio books, I have chosen to listen to several nonfiction books on philosopy and even more on science, learning from all and enjoying most. Today I finished A Beginner's Guide to Reality by Jim Baggott and have decided that it is the best of those listens in which the author tried to reconcile science and philosophy as methods of determing what is real and what is not. Baggott develops his discussion chronologically by beginning with Sccrates, Plato, and Aristotle's explanations of reality. He furthers follows the philosophical discussions of this topic through the recent contributors. He makes these discussions interesting by illustrating using pop icons like the movie, "The Matrix." As building a continuum between philosophy and science, he discusses scientists earliest efforts to define what is reaal and follows their changing positions on the subject through the most recent arguments for modified string theory and that elusive "Theory of Everything." I highly recommend this listen to anyone for whom reality is still a mystery worth solving.
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- Patrick Mabry, Jr. "An educator and senior who listens to his books from his phone through his hearing aids."

Not what I thought it was going to be about.

Would you listen to A Beginner???s Guide to Reality again? Why?

No. The author is obsessed with the movie "The Matrix" and makes a lot of comparisons to different aspects of the movie. I found that very tedious.

Would you recommend A Beginner???s Guide to Reality to your friends? Why or why not?

No. Not unless they were also obsessed with "The Matrix".

Any additional comments?

First of all...I don't like this format for reviewing. I would rather say what I want without being structured. The book was not so much about questioning reality as it was our perception of reality. I thought it was going to be a bit more philosophical. An example would be our monetary system. Money is printed on paper. It's value is determined and we all abide by the decision that each has it's own value...so that's our reality. Blah.

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- Karen M. McGrady

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-20-2010
  • Publisher: Audible Studios