Sunday, March 26, 2006
I've been reading Scott Adams' free e-book, God's Debris. It's a fictional conversation between an unnamed man and a man who literally knows everything. It basically claims to answer all of life's questions based on the premise that simplicity is truth. Adams makes some good points, like about how men and women see each other as defective versions of themselves, and how most people don't really believe in God because they would follow his commandments if they did. But the book is not as earth-shattering as he thinks it is. Saying that time is an illusion created by our minds is one thing. When Adams finally reveals his grand theory - that the universe is composed of debris left over by God's suicide - his main character is literally rocked by the revelation, but my reaction was "Oh, gimme a break." Kind of silly, which I find ironic, considering the book is supposed to be about a critical analysis of commonly-held beliefs.