Book Review: God’s Debris: A Thought Experiment by Scott Adams

I do not recommend this book to anyone who is interested in God. If you are interested in God, you probably have certain beliefs about God, and this book will challenge your beliefs. You will probably be upset, or even offended. Do not buy this book is your opinions about reality in general are settled. Get this book only if you like to play with strange and uncommon ideas. If you are such a person, go ahead and read it — you won’t be disappointed.

This book has its shortcomings. The description tells that it is a story, but it’s not exactly true. The book is structured as a dialogue between the protagonist and the strange person by the name Avatar. Think of Plato’s dialogues and you will have an idea. This book is short: you can finish it in one sitting, and get a feeling that the author haven’t developed his thoughts to their logical conclusions. Still, it will stimulate your own thinking and, perhaps, will lead it into new directions.

“The human mind is a delusion generator, not a window to truth”. “The best any human can do is to pick a delusion that helps him get through the day”. These quotes from the book ring true to me. Whether we are so-called believers or so-called skeptics, we often underestimate the ways we deceive ourselves. The only possible way to break through those self-deceptions — to some extent — is to challenge our preconceived ideas. To ask questions we never asked before. Scott Adams’s book will help you to do that.

I do not agree with many of author’s ideas (or, rather, Avatar’s ideas), but thinking of them was fun.

This is definitely not a self-help book. If you are ready to consider a cartoonist’s advice on how to live your life, get the other book, How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big.