God's Debris is what happens when creativity and hypnosis intersect. On the surface, God's Debris is a simple fictional story of a delivery man who encounters an Avatar who knows literally everything. The Avatar reveals the truth about God, reality, science, probability, human perception, and even social success. Adams uses a writing trick to make the Avatar's answers appear more persuasive than they should be.
The second level of the book involves arguing with your friends about what parts the Avatar got wrong. Some of what the Avatar says is consistent with science, and some of it is pure fiction. See if you can tell which is which. You and your friends will come to very different conclusions.The third level of the book is the most provocative, but it won't have the same effect on all listeners. The story is designed as a very subtle hypnotic induction, with the intent of giving some (but not all) listeners the sensation that the Avatar's words actually contain the wisdom of the universe.
For some listeners, especially those under 30, God's Debris can be a mind altering experience. Fair Warning: Because of the hypnotic writing style, listeners tend to have strong reactions to the work. If you are in the top 5% of the population in terms of scientific knowledge, or philosophical reading, there's a good chance you will have an angry reaction to God's Debris. But if you are more of a seeker than a know-it-all, your experience could be something special.
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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...
This book was recommended by a friend and met the high standard of the review. Read with my son and it gave us hours of rich conversation.
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!
Fantastic thought experiment. Ideas about free will and determinism I've only read in later books. The trick of persuasion is clever too
Reminded me of conversations I had as a student. I do think the world's smartest man is much better at talking philosophy than he is psychology. Fortunately the latter is only discussed a little bit towards the end (relationships and gender differences, *cringe...).
The voices on this are among the best I have heard on an audible product, which certainly contributed to my enjoyment of the product.
Mildly interesting in one or two places and made more enjoyable than it really has any right to be by virtue of the excellent voice-acting, particularly on the part of the Avatar/old man (although it's a long way from being 'hypnotic'). For some of the younger audience members, part of the enjoyment might come from identifying the accepted scientific facts vs the authors liberal use of imagination and hypothesizing, and which parts of this have tentative links with the former. Overall, it's worth the low asking price of ?2.99, but before buying I'd suggest that you replace the age of "30" with "13" in the authors blurb in order to avoid any potential disappointment.
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