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Scott Adams

God's Debris

Scott Adams is known worldwide for his Dilbert cartoons. In 'God's Debris' his is taking a different tack - the book is philosophical rather than humorous. A delivery man delivers a package to an old man, and in the process gets into a conversation - a conversation which reveals the secrets of life, the universe and everything (to quote a different Adams), and in particular the nature of God. I found the book was interesting and easy to read and so an excellent way of whiling away the odd hour or two. What I couldn't quite see was why it should be considered as a deep, life-changing book as the reviews on the back cover suggested

Maybe if you haven't read any other philosophy, theology or science books then this will be a highly thought provoking book. But people have been thinking about these issues for millennia, and I don't really see that much significance can be given to one person making up a lot of stuff without reference to earlier work.

Adams says that the book shouldn't be read by under 14's. Well, the book does have a lot of socratic style argument - showing that people don't really know what they're talking about - and Socrates was sentenced to death for corrupting the youth of Athens (I can't say I'm really surprised - it's a very annoying style of argument). I guess that Adams wants to avoid a similar fate.

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Paperback 144 pages  
ISBN: 0740747878
Salesrank: 76747
Published: 2004 Andrews McMeel Publishing
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Salesrank: 248665
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ISBN: 0740747878
Salesrank: 103123
Weight:0.31 lbs
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Product Description
Explore the mysteries and magic of the cosmos with the acclaimed creator of Dilbert. 

God's Debris is the first non-Dilbert, non-humor book by best-selling author Scott Adams. Adams describes God's Debris as a thought experiment wrapped in a story. It's designed to make your brain spin around inside your skull.

 Imagine that you meet a very old man who—you eventually realize—knows literally everything. Imagine that he explains for you the great mysteries of life: quantum physics, evolution, God, gravity, light psychic phenomenon, and probability—in a way so simple, so novel, and so compelling that it all fits together and makes perfect sense. What does it feel like to suddenly understand everything?

 You may not find the final answer to the big question, but God's Debris might provide the most compelling vision of reality you will ever read. The thought experiment is this: Try to figure out what's wrong with the old man's explanation of reality. Share the book with your smart friends, then discuss it later while enjoying a beverage.

 It has no violence or sex, but the ideas are powerful and not appropriate for readers under fourteen.  |  Chronon Critical Points  |  Recent Science Book Reviews