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I finished a short book (132 pages) by Scott Adams last night called God's Debris - A Thought Experiment.  Yes, this is the same Scott Adams that writes the Dilbert strip.  But don't expect his normal fare of comedic writing here...

It's important to read the intro to the book:

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 physics, evolution, God, gravity, light, psychic phenomenon, and probability - in a way so simple, so novel, and so compelling that it all fits together and makes perfect sense.  What does it feel like to suddenly understand everything?

You may not find the final answer to the Big Question inside, but God's Debris might provide the most compelling vision of reality you will ever read.  The thought experiment is this: try to figure out what's wrong with the old man's explanation of reality.

This is the type of book that could be used for a philosophy class and would spark some lively debates.  While I don't come to the same conclusions found in the book (then again, I'm not into deep philosophical debates, either), it does cause you to view issues in a different light.  And it's worth reading just to find out wha the title means...


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