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 whoGod'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-star reviews from the Angry Atheists.
That said, the general argument propounded by Avatar, that God created the universe by means of God's self-destruction (hence the book's title) and that the evolution of self-aware human beings is the process of creation rebuilding itself from the debris of creation into God one piece of debris at a time, is surprisingly reminiscent of the Kabbalistic cosmology of Isaac Luria, one of the more internally consistent cosmologies with which I am familiar and one which puts some sort of ethical imperative directly at the heart of creation.
Adams makes some interesting observations about people-oriented versus idea-oriented relationships, and I found myself bridging the gap between the two positions in my own relationships, valuing the tactic of asking small questions about others' lives not only to engage in interesting conversations and to build my relationships with those people but also to learn new ideas and perspectives from them.
I also appreciate the skepticism of Skepticism advocated by the book, and its critique of Occam's razor, a useful tool for constructing parsimonious explanations but not the best, perhaps, at deriving rich meaning for life. At this point in my life (a life filled with crazy coincidences) it should come as no surprise that Scott Adams shared his thoughts on why Americans don't trust science at around the same time that I was reading this book, that I found out about that post because of a post on The Archdruid Report, and that this book echoes (however slightly) a great book I recently read and which I was inspired to read because of comments made by the Archdruid John Michael Greer in yet another of his books. And, of course, Adams approaches this very topic of meaningful coincidence in the context of affirmations and paying attention:
"Most people believe they have goals when, in fact, they have only wishes....Such people are unlikely to write affirmations daily because it would be too much effort. And they are unlikely to be successful in any big way."
"So the affirmations are unnecessary?"
"They have a purpose. Writing your goals every day gives you a higher level of focus. It tunes your mind to better recognize opportunities in your environment."
"What do you mean by tuning your mind?"
"Have you ever had the experience where you hear a strange word for the first time, and then soon afterward you hear the same word again?...A person who does affirmations takes mental tuning to a higher level. The process of concentrating on the goal every day greatly increases the likelihood of noticing an opportunity in the environment. The coincidence will create the illusion that writing down the goal causes the environment to produce opportunities. But in reality the only thing that changes is the person's ability to notice the opportunities. I don't mean to minimize that advantage because the ability to recognize opportunities is essential to success." (116, 118)
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