- Paperback: 144 pages
- Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing (September 7, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0740747878
- ISBN-13: 978-0740747878
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 405 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,840 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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God's Debris: A Thought Experiment Paperback – September 7, 2004
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What started as a doodle has turned Scott Adams into a superstar of the cartoon world. Dilbert debuted on the comics page in 1989, while Adams was in the tech department at Pacific Bell. Adams continued to work at Pacific Bell until he was voluntarily downsized in 1995. He has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1979.
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If you're into philosophy, you'll recognize a lot of ideas here and will have probably seen them explored much deeper in other difficult (and less enjoyable to read) texts. This is the reading equivalet to hanging out with a smart friend over drinks; you're not going to solve any of the universe's great riddles, but you'll point a few out.
Adams sprinkles in some good old-fashioned advice that's worth paying attention to. I enjoyed that stuff best of all because it gets philsophy back to the one question that really matters, "how do you live a good life?"
Bought the Kindle version and read it one enthralled, introspective evening. I am a fan of Dilbert and had previously read Adams' great The Dilbert Future which veers from the expected satire of office life and nerds (Scott Adams is clearly one of us) and into the realm of technology, metaphysics, and philosophy. In God's Debris Adams' expands on some of the thoughts expressed in that book.
It is important to note that Adams is not trying to persuade anybody of anything with one notable exception. This book is not about God, or religion, or science per se. This book is about critical thinking. This book is about questioning everything, especially our own assumptions. In fact, the opinions expressed here are not even his own, but are what he perceives to be the "simplest explanation" for the universe and it's mysteries as per Occam's razor.
It has been days since I read this book and as advertised many of the thoughts and statements presented have stuck in my crawl. I find myself turning those concepts over and over in my mind as I eat my breakfast or commute to work. It would be an understatement to say that this book is food for thought. This is a Saturday night buffet with dessert bar for thought.
If you are a thinker, someone who likes big ideas and exploring possibilities then keep an open mind and give this book a try.
His books, writings, musings, blog and tweets changed my mind about everything I thought I knew.
Scott Adams might be the smartest man in the universe.
In the intervening two years, I've read countless books of this nature so the 'shocking' premise of God's Debris was not shocking in the least for me. However, I do believe it has great merit for those people who're just beginning their own journey of discovery. This book is a great point at which to jump off the God Wagon that we've all been so conditioned to accept as the only ride in town. It attempts to wake awaken the consciousness by illustrating the weirdness surrounding scientific declarations proposed as truth and that is a great thing.
I don't feel that this is a great fit for anyone who is very well-read on these topics and has been exposed to an abundance of progressive lines of thought regarding the nature of God. I found it well-written and enjoyable albeit very elementary compared to much of what I find myself reading nowadays.
I'm passing this book onto my dad, who is the person I enjoy theorizing with...