A Thought Experiment

After going through The Hero with a Thousand Faces over the course of the past week or so, I decided that I needed to pick up something a little quicker to read.  The book that I picked up is God’s Debris by Scott Adams, the creator of Dilbert.

The first thing you need to know about this book is that it is not a Dilbert book.  It’s not a comedy, and in the introduction to the book Adams brings up the question of whether the book should be considered a fiction or a non-fiction book.  He contends that it’s a fiction book because the characters in the book aren’t real.  Other people consider it non-fiction because the thoughts and ideas raised could have a lasting impact on the reader.  I’m going to label the book as he does and simply call it a thought experiment, and here’s where the fun comes in.

The last thing that Adams’ says in the introduction is that this book is best enjoyed in a group where you can have an ongoing discussion with other people.  I would like to host this and I invite anyone who is interested to partake in the discussion.  God’s Debris is a short novella, about 130 pages long, but you can easily read the book within an hour, and best of all, it’s available online for free at this link.

I encourage you all to read the book, as it’s very thought provoking, and to think about answers to the two questions that are asked in the book.

  • Try to figure out what’s wrong with the simplest explanations.
  • Try to figure out what’s wrong with the old man’s explanation of reality.

Right now I’m planning on putting up a semi-review of the book next Friday, and I would encourage everyone who reads this post to read the book and come up with your own answers to the questions and we’ll discuss them next week.

If you’re interested in reading the book and taking part in the discussion, just leave a comment to this post and look forward to my post next Friday discussing the book.