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God's Debris: A Thought Experiment [Hardcover]

Scott Adams
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31 Mar 2002
God's Debris is a set of provocative questions (thought experiments) about God and science, wrapped in a fictional story. It is designed to inspire readers to question their views of reality.

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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing (31 Mar 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0740721909
  • ISBN-13: 978-0740721908
  • Product Dimensions: 18.7 x 13.6 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 821,861 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Scott Adams is the creator of Dilbert (www.dilbert.com), which appears in more than 2,000 newspapers in sixty-five countries. Scott has twenty-nine books in print with more than eleven million copies sold, including two number one New York Times best-sellers. He is CEO of Scott Adams Foods, Inc. and co-owner of two restaurants, Stacey's Cafe in Pleasanton, California and Stacey's at Waterford. The author, cartoonist, engineer, artist, restaurateur, actor, hypnotist, and entrepreneur live in Northern California. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, not great 7 Mar 2002
By A Customer
This book doesn't deserve the bad reviews it has..and that is the main reason why I'm writing this. People complained that there are things in here which aren't true. The author writes himself - "Some of what he (the old man) says is creative baloney designed to sound true. See if you can tell the difference". He says it himself. There isn't much of this but it isn't hard to pick out. This book is easy to read and quite thought-provoking. It touches on philosophical issues regarding God and humanity. Some of which are very interesting and made me sit back and ponder. It is well worth a read.. It is no master novel but it will certainly open your eyes to other point of view. Don't read it if you aren't open-minded. (If you want to read something TRUELY thought provoking and life changing read 'Ishmael' by Daniel Quinn)
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You need to actually read this book.... 21 May 2002
By A Customer
It seems many people have forgotten how to read a book. Let me remind you. You're supposed to start at the very first page - the one just inside the front cover - and then you read each page sequentially until you get to the one just inside the back cover.
If you do not read the book in this fashion, then you have no right to criticise it. If you miss the comments by the author that warn in advance that the book is not necessarily gospel (and, indeed, that there are some deliberate mistruths) then it is absurd to write a scathing (and lengthy) review citing all the factual inaccuracies in the story.
These same people also failed to read the front cover where it says "A Thought Experiment". A thought experiment is designed to raise interesting ideas that make you think. These ideas need not necessarily have any grounding in fact.
I think the real problem with those that criticise this book is that they have not only forgotten how to read, but also how to think.
If you do not fall into this category, then you will enjoy this book - otherwise, keep reading the Dilbert comic strips.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
The current reviews for this book appear to be split between those who were very ante to those who loved it and a few considered it "mind-blowing! The book itself is an easy read and it drew me in to want to see what develops next. However, the first part of the book was more stimulating and interesting than the latter. If you enjoy playing with ideas about"What's it all about and where does God fit in?" then this can be an enjoyable read. However, if you want a more serious exploration of the many sub-questions and issues raised by Adams then look to true science and philosophy. To criticise this book for its apparent lack of research, etc. as suggested by some reviewers appears to miss the point. To me, this book may lack Dilbert, but it still has its share of humour. By analogy, if you read any Harry Potter story to discover the "science of magic" then you might be disappointed. Similarly if you read this book to gain a theological or scientific explanation of its issues, then you are in for a disappointment. If you read it on plane or in a comfortable chair or bed with a desire to be entertained, then this should not disappoint.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't think too much 10 Dec 2002
I cannot believe the tone of some of the reviews for God's Debris. This is a simple book designed to make people think or re-think about their perceptions. Adam's, somewhat apologetically, states in the preface that part of the 'game' is to question his logic, to find the flaws. Those people that are complaining about the book seem to have missed the point. They are getting hung up on fact, when the whole purpose of the book was to challenge and provoke. Given the degree of their disregard for this book I would suggest that Adams succeeded in getting the response he desired. Bravo.
The book is a simple, quick read but that does not detract from it being a worthwhile read. For those critics who have suggested that it shouldn't have even made it to print - my goodness - given the amount of drivel that is published, I certainly do not feel that this falls into that category. It is a thought experiment - think about it (but not too much!)
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
For those who love Dilbert, please realize that this book has nothing to do with that enjoyable character. There's also no humor here. Instead, you will find a fable that presents a unified theory of cosmology, religion, and knowledge. Before you get excited about all that you can learn, realize that this unified theory is deliberately flawed by Mr. Adams to provide you with a thought experiment to locate what is wrong with the argument. So the book is actually a brain teaser in its primary intent. It is a brain teaser that most people will find exceeds their knowledge of probability, physics, religion, philosophy, evolution, psychology and logic. So, to pick it apart you will probably need to assemble a team of people with deep knowledge in those areas. As a result, God's Debris is perfect for a serious book club. After understanding what's wrong with the arguments in the book, many will probably begin to see more unity in everything that happens based on a better platform of knowledge. That's well worthwhile.
I found this book fascinating as a puzzle, and enjoyed picking the arguments and misstatements apart. It reminded me of a question on the bar exam from many years ago where I had to write about what the law was in regard to a will written by an illiterate person. Great fun!
Mr. Adams warns that this book is for "people who enjoy having their brains spun around inside their skulls." He also says that it is "a view about God that you've probably never heard before." I certainly agree with both of those points. He also warns that what's in the book "isn't true . . . but it's oddly compelling." He also notes that people under the age of 14 should not read it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Love the ideas...
I read this a few years ago and absolutely loved the ideas presented in this book. Interesting read and worth the time, which isn't that much as it's a very short story.
Published 9 months ago by Amz149
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining
This book was very amusing and thought provoking. Speaking as a very liberal minded atheist I found very little in it to consider offensive or innappropriate. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Comrade Leader
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
This is a GREAT book! Nothing like Christopher Hitchens works or Richard Dawkins. Whilst it's written for the Atheist in us all, it's not one to question or dispel God. Read more
Published on 3 Jan 2011
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought Provoking
This is an excellent short story which makes you question many of the assumptions you have of the world, but intertwoven in a story that makes it a compelling read. Read more
Published on 28 May 2007 by R. Hyde
4.0 out of 5 stars Great discussion piece
I really don't believe that Adams is trying to PUSH this as a belief, obviously, 'mind experiment', but rather put it out there as a discussion piece. Read more
Published on 13 Feb 2007 by LiAnne Brown
1.0 out of 5 stars A mistake - a disappointment
It was a mistake to buy this book. I am a great fan of the Dilbert Cartoons and the books. However, God's Debris is a very shallow, simplistic discussion rambling around... Read more
Published on 21 Jun 2006 by R. Wilson
4.0 out of 5 stars An Interesting Read
I read the pdf version of this book (freely available from the author), and I have to admit that it gripped me. Read more
Published on 6 Dec 2005 by Rutwij
3.0 out of 5 stars After 2 months I don't remember much about it.
I read God's Debris 2 months ago and enjoyed it at the time (so much that I gave it 4 stars as a first rating. Read more
Published on 26 Feb 2005 by N. Frary
5.0 out of 5 stars A Book For Thinkers
I read this book not too long ago. It was recommended to me by my brother. My brother doesn't read that much, so when he gave me a book to read, I had to read it. Read more
Published on 13 Oct 2004 by Oliver Battiste
2.0 out of 5 stars Be careful WHERE you read it
This is a load of sanctimonious old twaddle, self-indulgent, patronising and frankly stupid.
That's what I thought, but I was reading it on a ram-packed full underground -... Read more
Published on 4 Feb 2004 by A. Davies
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