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  • Paperback: 132 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing (30 Nov. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0740747878
  • ISBN-13: 978-0740747878
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.3 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
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About the Author

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."


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Recommended for anyone who likes to geek out and thinks they know how we got here or what we are here to do... All I can say is WOW
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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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Great book. Started me on the path to discovering philosophy. I then followed it up with Alain De Botton's The Consolations Of Philosophy then AC Grayling's, The Meaning Of Things; both of which are immense. Read it in the vein it is intended and think about the points raised. Even better, mull them over with friends over a brew. As recommended!
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Superficially clever, but really not much more than an exercise in reductio ad adsurdam meets schoolboy philosophy. He probably gets more high star reviews in here by an introduction which says if you don't like it, you're old, inflexible and thick.
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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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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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By A Customer on 10 Dec. 2002
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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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