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Hi, I’m Brad Feld, a managing director at the Foundry Group who lives in Boulder, Colorado. I invest in software and Internet companies around the US, run marathons and read a lot.

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God’s Debris

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On page 89, the book’s unnamed protagonist said “My brain hurts.”  I thought to myself, so does mine.

God’s Debris is Scott Adams’ first non-fiction book (yes, that Scott Adams, the father of Dilbert.)  Well – it might be fiction, it might be philosophy, or it might be a novella.  Or maybe it’s something else.  But it’s fascinating.  And challenging.  But short.  It was tonight’s book (although the night is still relatively young so I’ll get started on the next one in a few minutes.)

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This is not a religious book, nor is it a slam (or endorsement) of religion.  It is, in Adams’ words, a thought experiment.  One of the two characters is an old man who turns out to know everything.  He explains, through a series of short chapters on different subjects, all of the great mysteries of life.  While it’s easy to argue with some of his assertions, the old man (who turns out to be called The Avatar) explains things in a simple way that – while not bulletproof – is compelling.  Some of the chapter titles give you a quick feel for what is going to be covered: Free Will, Science, Where is Free Will Located?, Genuine Belief, Delusion Generator, Reincarnation, UFOs, and God, Free Will of a Penny, Evolution, Skeptics’ Disease, ESP and Luck, Light, Willpower, Holy Lands, and Relationships.

When I finished it, I hopped on Wikipedia and discovered that Scott Adams wrote a sequel called The Religion War.  I really want to read it on my Kindle but it’s only available in physical form so the atoms are now in the mail to me.

  • http://www.facebook.com/andre.bonvanie André Bonvanie

    Read this book years ago, and recommended it to many friends. Back then the physical form was the only form… life is so much better now, sometimes, I guess.

  • reecepacheco

    Glad to hear you liked my rec!

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/bfeld Brad Feld

      Glad you reminded me it was you – I couldn't remember! Thanks!

  • http://twitter.com/lpmaynard @lpmaynard

    I was fairly certain this was going to be a picture of glaciers or icefalls, but enjoyed the book recommendation nonetheless.

  • http://syabac.student.ipb.ac.id syabac

    the pictures is so funny..
    thanks..

  • Beardo

    Top Gear reference FTW.

  • http://intensedebate.com/profiles/paramendra paramendra

    "…. the atoms are now in the mail to me…."

    Ha!

  • http://www.crashutah.com John Lynn

    Scott Adams was a great lunch time speaker at a conference I went to. Incredibly entertaining and inspiring at the same time. A great combination for a lunch speaker.

  • http://yohan06.student.ipb.ac.id yohan

    nice info, thank you :)

  • http://www.americanvanlines.com/ Charlotte Movers

    Thanks for the info I would love to read this book. I will be looking for it this weekend. If his non-fiction work is as interesting as his fiction then it should be a good read.

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