God's Debris by Scott Adams
Reviewed by Katherine Horrex
God's Debris explores the philosophy of physical science within a fictional story.
It was written by Scott Adams, creator of Dilbert and is the number one best-selling
E-book on the planet.
Adams himself describes it as a 132 page thought experiment.
The story focuses on a conversation between two strangers who meet by chance.
One is an elderly man named Mr. Avatar and the other is the narrator - a young man who remains
nameless and delivers packages for a living.
The pair end up talking for days on end, focussing on topics such as free will, ESP,
fighting god, UFO's and many more.
This book may not be to everyone's taste and could be found offensive by religious people and scientists.
If however you are interested in how the universe began and are eager to find answers to questions,
which have yet to be answered, then this book is definitely for you.
The theories in God's Debris are very inventive and so convincingly explained that they are almost believable.
Adams states that the ideas within the book are not suitable for under 14s because they are too powerful.
I was a little sceptical about that view at first but after reading the book I feel that it is probably a
good thing that I didn't read it a few years ago (because I probably would have got carried away).
I certainly found it intriguing and thought provoking.
Adams has set a task for the readers of God's Debris: Try to figure out what's wrong
with the simplest explanations. In other words the reader has to identify which statements
within the book are a load of rubbish, and which are proven scientific facts.
This task is quite difficult as Mr. Avatar has a habit of declaring some of his seemingly
realistic theories to be proven when they are not.
The book often touches upon things that I have often wondered about: Has anyone ever
advised you to be yourself? I said I'd heard that a lot.
What does it mean to be yourself?" he asked. If it means to do what you think you ought
to, then you're doing that already.
If it means to act like you're exempt from society's influence, that's the worst
advice in the world; you would probably stop bathing and wearing clothes.
I think that it would be hard for someone to read this book and not find it thought provoking.
I also think everyone who questions what they were taught in school and the stereotypical view of reality
should read it.
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