November 22, 2005

God’s Debris

I just spent around 90 minutes reading God’s Debris by Scott Adams. Now I’ve gotta stop & digest all that I’ve read. Brilliant, and thought provoking. Go read it if you “enjoy having your brain spun around inside your skull”…

“So according to you, no one believes anything that they say they believe.”
“The best any human can do is to pick a delusion that helps him get through the day. This is why people of different religions can generally live in peace. At some level, we all suspect that other people don’t believe their own religion any more than we believe ours.”

“We like to believe that other people have the same level of urges as we do, despite all evidence to the contrary. We convince ourselves that people differ only in their degree of morality or willpower, or a combination of the two. But urges are real, and they differ wildly for every individual. Morality and willpower are illusions. For any human being, the highest urge always wins and willpower never enters into it. Willpower is a delusion.”

“There are two types of people in the world, my young friend. One type is people-oriented. When they make conversation, it is about people—what people are doing, what someone said, how someone feels. The other group is idea-oriented. When they make conversation, they talk about ideas and concepts and objects.”

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hey this book sounds interesting. I think i could read it as the exams are over.
Was Checking out some quotes. chk out wht scott adams has to say "Informed decision-making comes from a long tradition of guessing and then blaming others for inadequate results." I think i could use this in the MIS paper.

Ankit said...

Don't worry... it's a two-hour read max. Read it anytime you wanna get your mind off studies.

Anonymous said...

It has some really worthwhile ideas. The idea that God dispersed in the Big Bang and turned into all the energy contained in subquarks (or whatever the smallest particles are), is called pandeism. Pandeists have been saying something similar since the 60s, and before that believed that the universe was basically the material of a God that has ceased to exist. The idea of probability leading humans to turn into a reconstituted God is pretty novel too.