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Described by the author as "thought experiment" this short book discusses ages old philosophical problems and conundrums in a dialog between a common delivery man and an old "sage", calling himself Avatar.
Their dialog starts with a question: "If you toss a coin a thousand times, how often will it come up heads?", and, by and by, they enter into enchanting philosophical discussion about the eternal philosophical problems of humanity. Do we have free will? If we do, how it relates to brain? What are consequences of God's free will? Why there are so many religions? What is the true nature and cause of physical universe? What is the meaning of evolution? and so on ...
In the discussion, the delivery man thinks like common, media influenced, educated person, while Avatar speaks as the one who knows everything, as a sage.
In some sense the "God's Debris" illustrates a kind of collision of modern practical mind and ages old philosophical thought.
Many of the explanations given by the sage are just plain baloney. The concept of the universe as the God's Debris that came into existence after G-d "decided" to stop his existence, the concept of gravitation and inertia as probability, and many others are examples.
What is beautiful though, is that it just does not matter if these concepts are true or not - the essence is in bringing the common man higher in his awareness - moving him from level of scientific thinking to the "5th-level" where he recognizes that our mind is more delusion generator than "an engine" of truth...
The true virtue of the book lies in its atmosphere; atmosphere of realistic irrationality - is I could call it this way. The books ends in surprising, yet anticipated way - but I will try not to spoil it for its future readers...
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
An entire worldview in under 3 hours. While none of these ideas are new, this book has them put together in the best and most concise way possible. Though the author could have been better informed on a couple of occasions (nothing a reading of "The Selfish Gene" couldn't solve ;), it does not take away from the story and the idea. level up!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
Really enjoyed this book. Thought provoking and enjoyable, go into it with an open mind. and it will surprise you. Thanks Scott Adams.
the probability you will like this book is linked to how open your mind is to new concepts. If you like Scott Adams book HOW TO FAIL AT ALMOST EVERYTHING AND STILL WIN BIG, then this is a much read.