Eric Kaplan has dived headfirst into a totally self-indulgent, utterly silly self-debate that just happens to act as a grand tour of the foundational thought systems of Western civilization, while debating the existence and meaning of the world’s most famous toymaker. Give in to your true desires: Join him in this absolutely no-holds-barred, completely satisfying exhumation of one of the pillars of Western culture—and maybe get more than laughter along the way.— Jocelyn
"Eric Kaplan's Does Santa Exist? is the funniest book of philosophy since...well, ever."
--Matt Groening, creator of The Simpsons and Futurama and author of Life in Hell
"If you can put this book down, you should see a doctor. Kaplan's message burrows into the mind, beats up a few beliefs and then leaves with a triumphant bang.”
--Michael Gazzaniga, Professor of Psychology University of California Santa Barbara, Director of the SAGE Center for the Study of the Mind, and Founder of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society
“Exceptionally interesting, rigorous and I found it not only weirdly funny but deeply moving.”
--Hubert Dreyfus, Professor of Philosophy, University of California Berkeley, Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
"This is truly a book that I wish I had written. Eric brings great clarity of thought to some of the deepest questions of the mind and our understanding of the world. And he's really funny."
--Daniel Levitin, New York Times Bestselling author of This is Your Brain on Music, Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Neuroscience at McGill University, Dean of Arts and Humanities, Minerva Schools at KGI
“Eric Kaplan is more than a talented comedy writer. He is a deep soul, an intellectual master, and a brilliant communicator of the subtleties of the intersections between faith and logic. He will have you laughing, thinking harder than you've ever thought, and falling in love with the process of intellectual exploration all over again. A masterpiece.”
--Mayim Bialik, PhD (neuroscience, UCLA), actress known for her roles as Blossom Russo in Blossom and Dr. Amy Farrah Fowler in The Big Bang Theory
"I'm not sure I've ever read a more peculiar book. Fortunately, it's also smart, wise, charming, lucid, entertaining, big-hearted and maybe even profound."
--Kurt Andersen, New York Times Bestselling author of Heyday, host of Studio 360, and former editor of Harvard Lampoon
“Kaplan finds just the right balance between rigor and humor, seriousness and irreverence. You learn something (even about Santa), you laugh out loud, and you can’t help but enjoy the mixture of philosophy and edgy jokes. This book is not just clever and a very engaging read, it’s intelligent. I can’t wait for his next piece, presumably on the Easter Bunny.”
—David Poeppel, Professor of Psychology and Neural Science New York University