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God's Debris : A Thought Experiment

3.97 of 5 stars 3.97  ·  rating details  ·  3,200 ratings  ·  343 reviews
Los escombros de Dios es el primer libro no humorístico de Scott Adams, creador de la exitosa tira cómica Dilbert. Adams describe esta obra como ‘un experimento mental envuelto en un relato’ que lo hará transitar por la perplejidad, la reflexión y el asombro. Imagine que conoce a un hombre anciano que —como usted va notando poco a poco— lo sabe todo. Imagine que le explica ...more
Hardcover, First Edition, 132 pages
Published September 15th 2001 by Andrews McMeel Publishing
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1invisiblegrl
This is available as a free pdf file- just google it. It's short enough to read in a few hours. I loved every bit of it.
Paul
Imagine a 132 page modern day Socratic dialogue between a package delivery man and an old man in a comfy chair. And... this comes from the creator of "Dilbert".


The premise is something out of Tipler's "The Physics of Immortality" -- the idea that because of probability, one day, we will all be "redone" by a very powerful computer -- with a little bit of Leibniz' monadology thrown in; and while neither are mentioned by name, very similar ideas are brought up in this very interesting answer and qu
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Richard
Aug 07, 2007 Richard rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who know enough math and science to recognize pseudoscientific claptrap when they see it.
If it had been written as comedy, God's Debris would have been an enjoyable read, since Adams does come up with some funny and interesting conceits. Unfortunately he takes them seriously, and hides behind the weak excuse that he's challenging the reader to find the flaws in his arguments. Unfortunately, when someone who -- by his own admission -- knows nothing about quantum physics or probability theory writes very seriously on those subjects, the result is a lot of annoying gibberish.

This book
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Sean
This is easily my favorite book that I have ever read. As the sub-title says, it is not quite a story, but more of a thought experiment. The author is Scott Adams (the creator of Dilbert), but this is far from a humor book. "Metaphysics" is probably the closest term for it, as it makes your brain spin around inside your skull...in a good way.

The simple plot is this: What if there was a person who knew literally everything? Including how all of our current notions about the world around us -- sci
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Katherine
Oct 02, 2009 Katherine rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: What the bleep do we know fans
Recommended to Katherine by: Amazon
Shelves: read-in-2009
Scott Adams' introduction promises a lot and I was really looking forward to reading a book that lived up to the expectations that the introduction suggested. Unfortunately I found myself really let down with another book that reads a lot like any religious-type philosophy based on quantum physics. It's just a tired subject and it doesn't matter to this reader what came first, but with The Secret, What the Bleep do we know?, Waking life and any other "yeah, mans" movies and publications, I'm all ...more
Ben Babcock
Scott Adams is an interesting figure. I'm an unabashed Dilbert fan; I have the massive, slipcase-clad twentieth anniversary book, and I particularly love the short-lived TV series. I don't regularly read the comic anymore, because I feel like it's a little stale these days. Likewise, I used to read Adams’ blog, until I got tired of his persistent troll-baiting (not to mention his other antics). But I put God’s Debris on my to-read list four years ago, and now I'm finally getting around to readin ...more
Rob Warner
Humankind has advanced understanding with respect to medicine, physics, anatomy, the cosmos, psychology, geology, geography . . . in short, in virtually every field, with each succeeding generation building on the truths established by previous generations, debunking myths, clarifying truths, unveiling reality through experimentation and observation, and so forth. The one field in which we spin our wheels is religion. Where did we come from? Why are we here? Where do we go when we leave this lif ...more
Siddharth
I found 'God's Debris' an extremely tedious read. Not only is it riddled with factual inaccuracies and logical flaws but it's not thought-provoking (as Scotty advertises in the admittedly intriguing introduction) by any standards. Mr. Adams challenges the reader to identify said inaccuracies as part of the "fun". Sadly, it isn't fun, just infuriating. I mean, who really wants to go through a book saying "oh, that's wrong" or "yep, that's right". Anyone with a reasonable amount of knowledge of ma ...more
Wm Jas Tychonievich
Jul 11, 2008 Wm Jas Tychonievich rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Wm Jas by: Christphre Campbell
Thought-provoking, but not consistently well thought out. For example, it starts with the assumption that if God existed he would commit suicide (hence the Big Bang, and the book's title), self-destruction being the only goal challenging enough to hold the interest of an omnipotent being -- as if the desire to take on difficult challenges were somehow the inevitable result of high intelligence, rather than a contingent fact about one particular species psychology. Adams tries to take an unorthod ...more
Hasini
Though, I picked up this book without any expectations, this 132 page book stands convincingly good, to expect as the book progresses.
Topics discussed range from God to Quantum Physics & Religion to Evolution. I have enjoyed some parts of the book, yet,a few arguments presented are vague.

Striking are the arguments presented on GOD (although the author claims them not to be funny, they are hilarious), patterns of thinking and layers of awareness. Thought provoking is the human intelligence
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Magdelanye
"Intelligence is a measure of how well you function within your level of awareness.Your intelligence will stay about the same over your life. Awareness is entirely different....awareness involves recognizing your delusions for what they are. Most people's awareness will advance on or two levels in their lifetime." p123 "Over time, everything that is possible happens." p102

ReadingGod's Debris : A Thought Experimentwill give one's awareness a smart kick in the pants, and the world shifts to accomo
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Sean
Adams also writes the comic strip Dilbert, but this book is completely different. i thought this was a good read and i'd recommend it to others; however, i'd be careful to only recommend it to folks who are not too religious as this book might not be enjoyable to these individuals.
Ryan
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Hannah
I think the whole thing was one huge LSD trip. Think about it. It makes sense.

But it all seriousness: pretentious BS. I was willing to accept some of the ideas and tolerate others until the whole levels of awareness thing. Scott Adams made that crap up. I mean, seriously? You expect people to read this and think that it will change the way they see the world? How full of yourself are you?

There were a few basic ideas in this book that made sense to me, and even some that I agreed with. Yes, it di
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Paul
In God’s Debris, Dilbert creator Scott Adams tries his hand at philosophy and lets the reader know right from the introduction what to expect. Adams makes no pretense of this being a great work of literature and admits that the story is little more than a framing narrative for the ideas that he wants to discuss. Although his introduction may seem defensive, as if to pre-empt criticism or make excuses, knowing what to expect with this book was far preferable than the disappointment I felt with Th ...more
Jameson
The book God's Debris was quite the journey for me spiritually. The book is a large thought process made of text to make the reader consider the bigger questions in life and how to support them. I admit the book can be pretty overwhelming, and can't be figured out in one sitting. The reader can find only after a couple pages that this is what the book means when it says a thought experiment. Some or more of the questions this book poses are not for everyone because of some of the complexity that ...more
Pspealman
Nov 09, 2007 Pspealman rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Undervalued Delivery Personnel
The world may not be what we know it as. And with this trope, as old as the first piece of fiction, we off on a series of conjectures that don't seem to cohere, take too long to explain, and aren't even intelligible to the characters - let alone us as readers.

Which isn't to say that the book is worthless. At $16.95 for a slim 135 pages it better be worth something. The introduction, by far the best part of the book, is worth the 0.53 cents that I spent on each of it's pages. You know you're in
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Santhosh
This 'thought experiment' by the creator of Dilbert has just zoomed up my personal all time ratings to pretty much near the top. A refreshingly different genre, I just love the way Adams has brought out his thoughts on a variety of subjects centered on a central theme.

The entire book is an intriguing discussion between two people - a delivery man and an Avatar. The discussion travels across dimensions and orientations, across meta-physics and probability theory, across "I am God" and "we are all
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Elaine
An interesting little piece but not quite the mind trip I was anticipating. The book, as titled, is a thought experiment. It's intention is to get you thinking and talking but unfortunately I think it's a purpose it falls just short of. Some of the ideas put forward are interesting, some mildly amusing and others just stupid but none are really developed enough to spark any truly interesting debate.

It's only a little book and available to download for free from the author, so if you have any in
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Laura Calderón
Mind-gripping in a very powerful way. I read through the book in about three hours, yet it stayed with me, questioning some of my reasoning and logic long after I set it back on my shelf. Adams' work in God's Debris reminded me of a book I read about 6 years ago - Ishmael by Daniel Quinn - whose philosophical concepts and literary virtues I believe my mind was too young to fully appreciate at the time. Sometimes the best books are the ones that are fleeting in text, yet have a lingering presence ...more
Sana
I want to say a lot of things about a lot of things in this book but for now just that 5 stars do NOT imply that I agree with or like any concept in the book but they are only to acknowledge that this book certainly did what it was supposed to do, at least for me. It was supposed to make you think beyond your comfort zone and experiment a little bit, think of arguments and counter-arguments about mundane things you have always taken for granted, not because you have doubts about your belief syst ...more
Sankritya Vedanabhatla
While this book contains some resemblance to traditional view of what a thought experiment is (thought experiments are, in themselves, unconventional) , it is more of a dialogue on Metaphysics and Epistemology, many times dwelling on quantum physics, probability and such stuff. Pandeism is the central philosophical theme and should have been explored more in terms of quality and quantity. An interesting read and i enjoyed it as a skeptic. I had very high expectations once i saw "A Thought Experi ...more
Hassan
By God, I have not seen so many fallacies in a single book. :P But it was good in a way that it provided the stimulation to actively think about those fallacies and thus dispel them, but no original content or no desire for objectivity was ever found in this book. The author advocated Quantum Mechanics as the most objective explanation of the nature of reality which was really gross. We in physics are aware of a fundamental problem. There are two theories that tend to explain the nature of reali ...more
Fogrider
GOD's DEBRIS is an interesting book. I am writing this as a Christian. It is important that the reader knows this. The book states that it is not true and that even the author, Scott Adams, does not necessarily believe its contents. It is designed to be a mental exercise. I personally find it hard to fathom why anyone would write something with supposed truths that they claim to be uncertain of. The book starts with a meeting of a package delivery man with an old gentleman who begins to question ...more
David Gil
I am high energy theoretical physicist studying supergravity unification with a passion for philosophy. This was the perfect little mental adventure and I hope that everyone takes a few minutes out of their lives to entertain the ideas mentioned in this book. It is irrelevant whether you agree or disagree with the ideas introduced in this short story, since it is meant to be a mental exercise which may inspire you to think a bit deeper about the big questions in nature. To better appreciate the ...more
Thom Foolery
God's Debris is a slight, mildly provocative pseudo-dialogue between the protagonist—a delivery van driver—and Mr. Avatar, a mystical know-it-all who explains the nature of the universe and of humanity's role within it, all in 130 pages.

The book as a whole was OK. Much of it, including the stuff about quantum mechanics and probability, didn't make a whole lot of sense other than to reiterate similar points made in other books on "quantum mysticism," and I am sure it earned the book some one-sta
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Alejandra C
Tiene cosas interesantes y que me gustaron y otras que no tanto, por ejemplo cuando se cuestiona nuestra creencia en la ciencia y en la voluntad propia; estoy de acuerdo en la idea de que el ser humano se cree el centro de todo solo por el hecho de que no comprende y tambien que muchas veces nuestra mente busca explicaciones que no son reales o verdaderas pero que para nosotras lo son porque en realidad no podemos distinguir muchas cosas dado que no las entendemos, no me gusta la probabilidad y ...more
Matt Webb
Dec 31, 2007 Matt Webb rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: freshmen taking Intro to Philosophy
An easy short read - not as though-provoking as I hoped it would be. If you're looking for "metaphysical mind-blowing" reads, I vaguely remember some of Paulo's Coelho's works as much more interesting - try The Alchemist. Maybe I'll have to go back and revisit that one as it's been a few years since I read it.
Nolan Ridley
I am a fan of Scott Adams work. His book "How to Fail at Almost Everything" is probably one of the more important books I've read in my life. I also have a tremendous respect for his willingness to take risks and reach outside the confines of his (extremely lucrative) Dilbert comfort zone.

I thought this book was quite worthy as the "thought experiment" he promises. However, I was a little disappointed at its seeming lack of depth. It's a poor description of the complaint, because the concept he
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Nirmal S
From the mind that cooked up Dilbert comes an equally stimulating and enjoyable experience. God's Debris captivated me from start to finish with it's simplistic yet unconventionally brilliant look at life. A must read for anyone who enjoys getting their minds blown up into debris!
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Adams was born in Windham, New York in 1957 and received his Bachelor's degree in Economics from Hartwick College in 1979.

He also studied economics and management for his 1986 MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.

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