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Ask your friends. Ask your parents. Ask someone you hardly know. The Book of Questions gives you permission to ask those things that are too bold, too embarrassing, or just too difficult to ask by yourself. You will find questions of integrity; of sex; of what you would do for money; even things too personal to talk about out loud.

Whether you use it as a tool for self discovery, or as a provocative way to stimulate conversation, this book constantly challenges attitudes, morals, beliefs-and it challenges you.

About the Author

Gregory Stock is a biophysicist, bestselling author, biotech entrepreneur, and the former director of the Program on Medicine, Technology, and Society at UCLA’s School of Medicine. His interests lie in the scientific and evolutionary as well as ethical, social, and political implications of today’s revolutions in the life sciences and in information technology and computers. He lives in Houston, Texas.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company; Rev Upd edition (September 10, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761177310
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761177319
  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 0.8 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (138 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,946 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When I was young, my parents had this book and used to (gently) demand that we "play" this book from time to time. It was always thought provoking and always an ice breaker.

Fast forward to when I moved into my own apartment in college: they were delighted to dump many of their well-worn possessions--including this book--into my lap. I used this book many a time with new and old friends to get to know them better, both in college, in my 20s and beyond. It's a great after dinner activity at a dinner party when the conversation has lulled, because everybody gets to know a lot about everybody else and everybody seems to like it. The questions, a mix of "what would you do in this situation" and "what's more important to you: x or y?" and other psychological questions, are thought provoking and entertaining. Of course, there's no right or wrong answer and every time I've used the book, people have seemed to enjoy it quite a bit.

I recently ordered this revised version and was really happy with the changes. First, there are more questions: 291, up from 217. Next, and perhaps more importantly, the "follow up" questions that some of the questions had have been moved from the back of the book to a light blue font below the relevant questions. This way, you don't have to clumsily flip back and forth and find the question number. It's a small change but a definite improvement. Finally, and most importantly, the questions are fresher, updated for today.

In sum, if you already have The Book of Questions, I highly recommend buying the revised and updated version, and if you don't already haven't the Book of Questions, I highly recommend buying this revised and updated version and trying it out with your spouse, your family, your friends--it's a great way to get to know people and quite fun!
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I remember first flipping through the Book of Questions years ago. Dr. Gregory Stock has a way of bringing up universally relevant, thoughtful, and provocative questions that are fun to review with a spouse, a friend, or even oneself. I only had two criticisms of the BOQ: some of the questions appeared a little dated and I always wanted MORE. Well I have to say this revised edition solves both. With technologically relevant questions for the 21st century and the standard timeless questions, this is a great gift, coffee room table, or thought provoker for any occasion. I highly recommend The Revised and Updated Book of Questions.
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This is one way to get to know someone with out feeling like you are asking 100 questions. I had the original book many years ago and saw this new revised edition and I really like that its up to date. Great way to kill time while on a long road trip. Good book for pillow talk.
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The Book of Questions: Revised and Updated by Gregory Stock is exactly what I expected and meets my needs perfectly! As a women's Ministry Director, I often create icebreaker questions for small groups. This book has some awesome ideas for building relationships, sharing and connecting hearts. It would also be useful for blogging topics, or dinner conversations with family and friends. Here are some sample questions:

#073 Would you have one of your fingers surgically removed if it somehow guaranteed you immunity from all major diseases?
#088 How often do you step back and reflect on where you are headed? Would less or more self-reflection be good for you?
#120 Would you accept 2 million dollars to leave the country and never set foot in it again? What would be the minimum amount to seriously tempt you to take this step?

You can't go wrong with this book...select from 290 different questions!
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I am a firm believer that this book should be on every coffee table in the country. Too many times you see a family with everyone glued to devices. Open up some moral dialogue people.
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We have the original "Book of Questions" and could'nt wait for this edition.
WHen it arrived, we were so happy as we took it on vacation with us and
shared with family and friends. Had lots of surprises and more laughs than
ever.
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This gets conversation going if nothing else! We're starting a church and need to get to know some of the other people...this offers one way to do that. Some of the questions are a little too serious but others are just plain funny!!

The more serious questions we save for meetings that call for seriousness. The others we use for some absolute uninhibited laughter! I'm hoping my family will be up for some random questions at our next get together.
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Make sure you read the questions before sharing them with your kindergarten classes who are practicing spoken English. Here is an example of one question that I wouldn't use in a kindergarten class. There should be a rating to exclude these easily.
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