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God's Debris [Kindle Edition]

Scott Adams
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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.

Editorial Reviews Review

Scott Adams, creator of the popular comic strip "Dilbert," has written a modern-day parable about a young man and an unlikely mentor. God's Debris starts with a young deliveryman trying to hand over a package to a man with a San Francisco address. But delivering the package to this old man proves to be as difficult as trying to understand the meaning of God.
"It's for you," the old man tells the narrator, gesturing to the package.

"What's in the package?" the narrator asks.

"It's the answer to your question."

"I wasn't expecting any answers,"

the deliveryman admits. About this time, the narrator begins to realize that he's not dealing with a feeble-minded old man; he's dealing with a situation that could alter his life. The sincerity and metaphysical complexity of this fable will surprise those who expect comedy, but Adams is following a tradition set by such writers as Dan Millman (Way of the Peaceful Warrior) and Richard Bach (Illusions). As in many parables that have come before, the deliveryman learns the meaning of life from an illusive mentor who seems to arise from a wrinkle in time. The cleverness of the God's Debris concept is original and bound to leave readers pondering some altered definitions of God, the universe, and just about everything else. --Gail Hudson

About the Author

Scott Adams is the creator of Dilbert (, 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 Café in Pleasanton, California and Stacey's at Waterford. The author, cartoonist, engineer, artist, restaurateur, actor, hypnotist, and entrepreneur live in Northern California.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1083 KB
  • Print Length: 148 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0740747878
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing, LLC (December 24, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HFYD8E4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,049 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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153 of 166 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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54 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very fun and challenging experiment! February 19, 2002
If you think that Scott Adams can only write comic strips (you know, Dilbert), you'll be as surprised as I was. Adams has tackled what many are tackling these days - basically a spiritual philosophy - but that few are succeeding at quite this well. I am telling you, this funny cartoonist is about as deep, thoughtful, and intriguing a writer as I've come across. Not complex, mind you, but deep.
As I entered into his new book, God's Debris (just wait till you find out what the title means!), I was delighted to learn that he uses the language very well - especially for a philosophical piece like this, which, at its best, really only pretends at fiction. (It is primarily a philosophical dialogue between two men.) When the narrator steps into a room and sees a little old man sitting, I actually laughed to picture it as Adams described: "Something moved and I noticed, on the far side of the fireplace, in a wooden rocker, a smallish form in a red plaid blanket, looking like a hastily rolled cigar." The narrator later tosses an extra log onto a dying fire, and we read that "the retiring embers celebrated its arrival." Now, these points are not by any stretch the meat of the book - but it's important to know, this is not just some comic stab at writing.
Nor is it a comic stab at philosophy. Adams examines really the core of who we are, and who God is, as well as numerous details of life, always conforming to certain central themes. His approach? Really a Socratic exercise, not necessarily answering the questions of the world, but certainly asking them. As for answers, these abound as well ... but Adams does not take himself so seriously as to insist on their accuracy. Rather, he wisely notes how intriguing many of the answers are, and challenges the reader to consider them too.
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114 of 130 people found the following review helpful
In the Introduction, Adams states that some of the "facts" presented in the forthcoming view of the universe are consistent with prevailing scientific thought and others are "creative baloney designed to sound true". He also states that this book is a "thought experiment" - i.e. the purpose is to get you thinking - it's not meant as a serious attempt to explain the universe and God.
That said, - those folks out here who have panned this book because its assertions are not scientifically sound are [people] who missed the point and need to go back and read the introduction again. And those folks who dismissed the book out of hand as rehashed metaphysical stuff that they already know - well, they failed the thought experiment because they didn't use the book as a springboard to thought.
Both of the types of people above actually prove one of the points in the book - that they are totally wrapped up in either arrogance or delusion. In fact, they probably didn't even realize that Adams was poking fun at them - oh, well.
Anyway, in this book Adams' character presents, in somewhat herky jerky fashion, an odd view of the universe. Although the theory itself could probably be torn to shreds by an undergraduate philosphy class, the purpose is to get the reader to recognize the folly of thinking that we know the answers and to open themselves to the possibility that everything we think we know (religion and science) is a wrong, albeit useful construct - and in fact that we humans are intellectually incapable of fathoming reality.
If you ponder metaphysics/spirituality a lot then you might not find that this book breaks any new ground for you - given that you are already open to thinking strange thoughts.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars God's Debris: A Thought Experiment
As a Scott Adams total fan, and collector (Dilbert and company), I was not aware of this side of his talent and wisdom. Read more
Published 20 days ago by caseyat bat
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a piece society needs
So much fun! Could not put it down, read it on a four hour flight when I should have been sleeping. Thanks for the thought provoking read.
Published 22 days ago by Mark O'Connor
4.0 out of 5 stars A "Thinking" Book
This book was recommended to me by one of my students who thought the contents echoed my lecture in a Religion class.I found it to be an intellectual "fun" read.
Published 1 month ago by Joan J. Earley-Wilcox
4.0 out of 5 stars Thought-provoking
I really enjoyed this book, and in discussing it with some Jewish friends of mind, discovered that some of the primary concepts are very similar to Kabbalah in the Jewish mystical... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Douglas P. Kinsey
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
The ways that this book flows from subject to subject was fantastic, and the ending made the entire journey that much better!
Published 1 month ago by Michelle Bass
4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely outside the box
I don't ever recall reading anything by Scott that I didn't like, and this book is no exception. Well written, imaginative and just downright fun. Read more
Published 1 month ago by John A. Vonesh Jr.
1.0 out of 5 stars will indeed make your brain spin
in fact this has some metaphors which are so awful that they'll probably take your head clean off. the green map/blue map one is bad enough, but then a few pages later your man... Read more
Published 2 months ago by al-jemimah
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun read for smart people.
I had to pick up this book after reading his "How to fail..." book first. I've been reading his blog for years but both of these books are at a level above. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mark
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply a good read. Thought-provoking, easy-paced and likeable.
Philosophy and physics, wrapped around an engaging story; how good does it get?

This book reminded me of "Illusions; the Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah", by... Read more
Published 2 months ago by David McDowell
5.0 out of 5 stars A Thought Experiment
From the cartoonist who developed Dilbert comes this surprising book that if not true, and I'm not claiming it is, will at least make you think about the nature of the universe. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Lazurus
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