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Cover of God's Debris.
Cover of God's Debris.

God's Debris: A Thought Experiment (ISBN 0-7407-4787-8) is a 2001 novella by Dilbert creator Scott Adams. Image File history File links God's_Debris. ... Image File history File links God's_Debris. ... A novella is a narrative work of prose fiction somewhat longer than a short story but shorter than a novel. ... Dilbert (first published April 16, 1989) is an American comic strip written and drawn by Scott Adams. ... Scott Raymond Adams (born June 8, 1957) is the creator of the Dilbert comic strip and the author of several business commentaries, social satires, and experimental philosophy books. ...


God's Debris creates a philosophy based on the idea that the simplest explanation tends to be the best (a corruption of Occam's Razor). It surmises that an omnipotent God annihilated himself in the Big Bang, because an omniscient God would already know everything possible except his own lack of existence, and exists now as the smallest units of matter and the law of probability, or "God's debris", hence the title. For other uses, see Philosophy (disambiguation). ... For the House television show episode called Occams Razor, see Occams Razor (House episode) Occams razor (sometimes spelled Ockhams razor) is a principle attributed to the 14th-century English logician and Franciscan friar William of Ockham. ... Omnipotence (literally, all power) is power with no limits or inexhaustible, in other words, unlimited power. ... This article discusses the term God in the context of monotheism and henotheism. ... For other uses, see Big Bang (disambiguation). ... Omniscience is the capacity to know everything infinitely, or at least everything that can be known about a character including thoughts, feelings, life and the universe, etc. ... This article is about matter in physics and chemistry. ... Probability is the likelihood that something is the case or will happen. ...

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Description

The central character, according to the introduction, knows "everything. Literally everything." Adams, whose knowledge is as incomplete as the next person, got around this by using the aforementioned "simplest explanation" for each concept raised in the book because, while "in this complicated world the simplest explanation is usually dead wrong", a more simple explanation often sounds more right and more convincing than anything complicated.


This character, the Avatar, defines God as primordial matter (like quarks and leptons) and the law of probability. He offers recommendations on everything from an alternative theory for planetary motion to successful recipes for relationships under his system. He proposes that God is currently reassembling himself through the ongoing formation of a collective intelligence in the form of the human race, modern examples of which include the development of the Internet. For other uses of this term, see: Quark (disambiguation) 1974 discovery photograph of a possible charmed baryon, now identified as the Σc++ In particle physics, the quarks are subatomic particles thought to be elemental and indivisible. ... In physics, a lepton is a particle with spin-1/2 (a fermion) that does not experience the strong interaction (that is, the strong nuclear force). ... Probability is the likelihood that something is the case or will happen. ... Johannes Keplers primary contributions to astronomy/astrophysics were his three laws of planetary motion. ... An interpersonal relationship is some relationship or connection between two people. ... It has been suggested that symbiotic intelligence be merged into this article or section. ... The Human Race could be: The Human race. ...


However, in the introduction, Adams describes God's Debris as a thought experiment, challenging readers to differentiate its scientifically accepted theories from "creative baloney designed to sound true," and to "Try to figure out what's wrong with the simplest explanation."[1] In philosophy, physics, and other fields, a thought experiment (from the German Gedankenexperiment) is an attempt to solve a problem using the power of human imagination. ...


Levels of consciousness

The chapter "Fifth Level" of (p. 124) describes five levels of human awareness, or consciousness.

  • Level 1: Consciousness at birth: pure innocence, self-awareness.
  • Level 2: Awareness of others, and acceptance of authority (a belief system).
  • Level 3: Awareness that some beliefs may be wrong, but not which ones.
  • Level 4: Skepticism and adoption of scientific method.
  • Level 5: Avatar level, understanding that the mind is a delusion-generating machine, and that science is another belief system, although a useful one.

Consciousness is a quality of the mind generally regarded to comprise qualities such as subjectivity, self-awareness, sentience, sapience, and the ability to perceive the relationship between oneself and ones environment. ... Birth is the process in animals by which an offspring is expelled from the body of its mother. ... Innocence is a term that describes the lack of guilt of an individual, with respect to a crime. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Self-consciousness. ... This article is currently under construction. ... This article is about the psychological term. ... Scientific method is a body of techniques for investigating phenomena, acquiring new knowledge, or correcting and integrating previous knowledge. ... The ten avatars of Vishnu, copyright BBT In Hindu philosophy, an avatar (also spelt as avatara) (Sanskrit: , ), most commonly refers to the incarnation (bodily manifestation) of a higher being (deva), or the Supreme Being (God) onto planet Earth. ... Maya (illusion) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ...

Philosophical roots

This book can be classified as a modern version of the Hindu philosophy of Advaita Vedanta. Its only deviation is the statement that "There is only one Avatar at a time", whereas in Hindu mythology there can be multiple avatars existing simultaneously. For example, in the Ramayana, Rama and his three brothers were said to be the avatars of Vishnu. Another similarity the book bears to Vedantic texts, such as the Gita and Upanishads, is its narrative style. Much like these ancient texts, it has a question and answer format between two characters in a fictional setting. Advaita Vedanta (IAST ; Sanskrit ; IPA ) is a sub-school of the Vedānta (literally, end or the goal of the Vedas, Sanskrit) school of Hindu philosophy. ... For the television series by Ramanand Sagar, see Ramayan (TV series). ... Vishnu (IAST , Devanagari ), (honorific: Sri Vishnu) also known as Narayana is the Supreme Being (i. ... Bhagavad Gīta भगवद्गीता, composed ca the fifth - second centuries BC, is part of the epic poem Mahabharata, located in the Bhisma-Parva chapters 23–40. ... The Upanishads (उपनिषद्, Upanişad) are part of the Hindu Shruti scriptures which primarily discuss meditation and philosophy and are seen as religious instructions by most schools of Hinduism. ...


God's Debris also subscribes to the Lakoffian point of view. George Lakoff said: "Our ordinary conceptual system, in terms of which we both think and act, is fundamentally metaphorical in nature." This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...


Adams' system can be construed as a form of pandeism, the concept that God created the universe by becoming the universe. Pandeism (Greek πάν, pan = all and Latin deus = God, in the sense of deism), is a term used at various times to describe religious beliefs. ...


Publication

Given Adams' fame as the author of the Dilbert comics, publishers were wary of publishing any book by Adams without Dilbert content. The book was therefore released initially as an e-book (with comparatively small "publishing" costs). Based on its rapid success, however, it was also quickly released in hardcover format. The book can now be found for free online (see external links below). A user viewing an electronic page on an eBook reading device An e-book (for electronic book: also eBook, ebook) is the digital media equivalent of a conventional printed book. ...


The book has its critics, both on the theories and on the narrative style.[citation needed] However, the introduction disclaims any personal views held by the author, "The opinions and philosophies expressed by the characters are not my own, except by coincidence in a few spots not worth mentioning".[2]


See also

The Religion War (by Scott Adams) is announced as a sequel to Gods Debris in Dilbert newsletter issue 57 [1]. This entire book takes place right before the last Chapter of Gods Debris. ... This page deals with the Hindu concept of The Supreme Reality. ... Advaita Vedanta (IAST ; Sanskrit ; IPA ) is a sub-school of the Vedānta (literally, end or the goal of the Vedas, Sanskrit) school of Hindu philosophy. ... The Footprints of God is a thriller novel written by American author Greg Iles. ... Greg Iles (born 1960) is an American bestselling novelist. ...

Notes

  1. ^ God's Debris, page XI
  2. ^ God's Debris, page X

External links

  • Information at Andrews McMeel Publishing
  • Official free online copy of the book

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