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3.95  ·  Rating details ·  6,736 ratings  ·  695 reviews
God's Debris is the first 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 ...more
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Published December 13th 2016 by Andrews McMeel Publishing (first published September 15th 2001)
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Sep 09, 2008 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: What the bleep do we know fans
Recommended to Kassi 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
Jul 31, 2007 rated it did not like it
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
Sajjad thaier
Oct 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the kind of books that you have to read it over and over and you may understand some of it.

Seriously I wonder how one man can came up with all these ideas and In a very small book like this. Even if I disagree with must of what he said, but I can't just raise my hat Appreciating to his marvelous skills and abilities to make a simple idea of two men sit and talk for days such interesting and Addictive. Because each word, each sentence make you rethink your entire universe and yourself in
Jul 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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.
May 21, 2011 rated it did not like it
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
Bon Tom
Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is fantastic. I'll need to spam re-reads in order to make sure everything fell into place in my exploded mind. It's just that kind of book. I think I'll still have some questions about convenient little thing called probability in role of be all, end all explanation behind everything. Because, to me, probability still sounds physical. Many questions answered, some questions still seem to be emerging from answers themselves. Will keep in touch. And, holly debris, now I found there's a s ...more
Kara 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
Jul 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 28, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Sep 13, 2015 rated it did not like it
"This book promises big things.

""I should tell you how great it is. It's great. Really great. Honestly. Really, really great."" says one (unnamed) review on the back cover, while another (also unnamed) one claims ""I don't think I've ever read a book that was anywhere as thought provoking as God's Debris"". Meanwhile the author gets in on the act of hyping up his own work starting with his recommended reading age ""... the ideas expressed by the characters are inappropriate for young minds"", he
Jan 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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 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
"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
Hasini Garikapati
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 cent
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
An important philosophical document, the perfect gift, a superior stocking stuffer, for moms, doms, subs, bubs, cool cats, old bats, dads and grads. Heck, even our greatest social influencers, THOTs and bots, shouldn't dismiss it as pandering to take a gandering.
May 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
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
Rob Warner
Jun 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Jim Clouse
Nov 04, 2015 rated it it was ok
This book was a thinly veiled argument in favor of creationism.
I was really getting into the story and thinking it was a really cool concept. Nearly halfway through, alarm bells started to sound in my head. The main character (who speaks from a position of absolute knowledge) throws evolution under the bus. He compares what evolution of living things looks like to our archaeologists to what our pottery today might look like to a future archaeologist - they would think that "bowls evolved into pl
Wm Jas Tychonievich
Jul 10, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Mark Vargo
Mar 09, 2015 rated it did not like it
A stark reminder that success in one field does not make you an expert in another. I should have guessed that there would be issues when the foreword warned that young readers would like it better than older readers. Not that I think age had a lot to do with it, but it was clear that the author applied nowhere near the intellectual rigor to his own ideas that he used for the religious beliefs of others. There are thousands of years of debate over issues like free will and instead we get somethin ...more
Dec 28, 2008 rated it really liked it
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.
Eric Kolb
Mar 24, 2018 rated it did not like it
Positively execrable.
Tom Brennan
A series of loosely connected Socratic dialogues designed to make the reader think. While I'm not sure I liked the initial premise, I did like how it was worked out through the book. One reading (like any philosophical text) is likely not enough for this book. It is meant to be re-read for contemplation.
Feb 08, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have fond memories of attending college in Urbana in the eighties, and some of those memories revolve around the public discussions about religion and philosophy led by travelling folks I recall as Reverend Max and Cindy. There were more, but Max and Cindy were memorable. Max would draw a crowd of dozens on the back patio of the Student Union on the Quad in all weather and seasons, and there were always more than a few there to heckle the sermon, with Max often taking the bait. And being an in ...more
Winta Assefa
Nov 12, 2018 rated it liked it
'That certain age varies by person, but if you’re over fifty-five (mentally) you probably won’t enjoy this thought experiment. If you’re eighty going on thirty-five, you might like it. If you’re twenty-three, your odds of liking it are very good.'

That part annoyed me. I don't like being told that my reaction to anything is predictable. Being told that my odds of liking anything would be pretty good' is a good way of getting on my nerves. I think it's unfair to start any book with that mindset.

Nov 25, 2015 rated it it was ok
Not sure how to rate this.

On the surface level this is a pretty bad late night dorm-room-3rd-bottle-of-wine type of cosmology/theology/philosophy baked together of misunderstood bits of physics, evolutionary biology, good ol' mysticim etc.

On the other hand Adams' says that this is an experiment - a discussion topic, where you are supposed to debug and distinguish between the non-sense and the good bits.

That would be fair enough, except what is worrisome is that most of the things he says about p
Laura Calderón
Jun 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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Jonathan Maas
May 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A Thought Experiment That Yields Very Real Insights

God's Debris: A Thought Experiment begins with a supposition - one that claims no authority of truth, and therein lies its power.

I won't spoil it for you - but it's one of these Let's just say that this happened type of concepts, that takes a thought premise and sees where it leads.

And it yields quite a bit of insight. Scott Adams takes big questions - why are we here, and how do humans see the universe - and answers them through a fictional dia
Apr 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Impressively intriguing and definitely demanding pondering over, albeit my helpless ignorance on science, so first I thought. Can’t help but re-questioning my already-swallowed shallow set of values. The God’s debris in this story is conveyed in a comprehendible way to a common (educated) man who happens to like science, so he could argue a little here and there. Such increases the probability of the discussion between the old and the young man. Had it happened to me, I’d be highly likely lost ( ...more
Lynn Olujare
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Books like this make me feel great about my journey of apostasy. I left Christianity once my eyes opened and realized how man-made religion is. But I still entertain the idea of God. I loved everything about this book; every word and every thought.
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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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