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The Book of Questions [Paperback]

Gregory Stock
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Jan. 3 1987

The phenomenon returns! Originally published in 1987, The Book of Questions, a New York Times bestseller, has been completely revised and updated to incorporate the myriad cultural shifts and hot-button issues of the past twenty-five years, making it current and even more appealing.

This is a book for personal growth, a tool for deepening relationships, a lively conversation starter for the family dinner table, a fun way to pass the time in the car. It poses over 300 questions that invite people to explore the most fascinating of subjects: themselves and how they really feel about the world.

The revised edition includes more than 100 all-new questions that delve into such topics as the disappearing border between man and machine—How would you react if you learned that a sad and beautiful poem that touched you deeply had been written by a computer? The challenges of being a parent—Would you completely rewrite your child’s college-application essays if it would help him get into a better school? The never-endingly interesting topic of sex—Would you be willing to give up sex for a year if you knew it would give you a much deeper sense of peace than you now have? And of course the meaning of it all—If you were handed an envelope with the date of your death inside, and you knew you could do nothing to alter your fate, would you look?

The Book of Questions may be the only publication that challenges—and even changes—the way you view the world, without offering a single opinion of its own.

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 “The best questions are the ones you can’t Google. Here is a whole book of them.”
—Austin Kleon, author of Steal Like an Artist

"In a good question is the thread of an answer. A good question is better than a brilliant answer. I personally focus on the word 'quest' in question, which is the essence of each interlocutory. Gregory Stock's book is a seductive and delightful journey about the essence of conversations which is the question.” —Richard Saul Wurman, creator of TED

“Capturing both future and present dilemmas, this deceptively simple book packs a real punch.”
—Ray Kurzweil, author of How to Create a Mind and founder of Singularity University

“These questions can take you into critical examination of what you are doing in this life.”
—Robert Thurman, professor of Buddhist studies, Columbia University

“Interesting questions! Some of the most bizarre ones may be everyday issues in our near future.”
—Vernor Vinge, author of Marooned in Real Time

“Stock’s knack for wording a question in just the right way to provoke lively discussion is on full display again in this terrific new book. It’s fantastic!”
—Jeff Probst, host of Survivor and The Jeff Probst Show

“These questions will get you thinking about some of the things we can go through a lifetime avoiding; they’re deep questions, but then humans at our best and most real are deep people.”
—Bill McKibben, author of Oil and Honey

“Don’t know what to do this weekend? Here is the answer: Pick up this book and drive your friends, loved ones, neighbors, and strangers crazy with smart, tough, interesting questions.”
 — Juan Enriquez, TED speaker and coauthor of Homo Evolutis: Please Meet the Next Human Species

The Book of Questions covers an enormous range of challenging issues with wit, insight, and brio.”
—Arthur Caplan, Director of Medical Ethics Division, NYU Langone Medical Center

“In a world endlessly in search of answers, Greg Stock reminds us that what really matters are the questions.”
—Seth Godin, author of The Icarus Deception

“Your answers to these questions will help us decide what humans should be. Take your time.”
—Kevin Kelly, Senior Maverick at Wired and author of What Technology Wants

“When the original Book of Questions was published, it provoked hours of conversation and engagement among me and my friends. The new book is even better and should provide hours and hours of entertainment and enlightenment.”
—Fareed Zakaria, author of The Post-American World

“Provocative, surefire conversation starters. Watch out; some of them will have you questioning old and comfy assumptions.”
—David Brin, author of The Postman and The Transparent Society

From the Publisher

Also available by the same author: The Kids' Book of Questions, a bestselling collection specially designed to challenge, provoke, and entertain young readers; The Book Of Questions: Business, Politics, and Ethics, a compendium of 300 primary and follow-up questions that focus on commerce and politics; and The Book of Questions: Love & Sex, posing over 250 questions that allow you to explore the mysteries of love and sex-without dispelling the magic.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Ask Yourself Feb. 19 2013
By John M. Ford TOP 100 REVIEWER
Gregory Stock has assembled 200 questions "...about your values, your beliefs, and your life; love, money, sex, integrity, generosity, pride and death..." (p. 5). These questions are not meant to have right answers--or short ones. They can stimulate group discussion or prompt solitary reflection. The author has selected them to help us learn more about ourselves.

A sample of the more interesting ones:

- If you were to die this evening with no opportunity to communicate with anyone, what would you most regret not having told someone? Why haven't you told them yet?
- Would you give up half of what you now own for a pill that would permanently change you so that one hour of sleep each day would fully refresh you?
- Do your close friends tend to be older or younger than you?
- When you tell a story, do you often exaggerate or embellish it? Why?
- Would you be willing to go to a slaughterhouse and kill a cow? Do you eat meat?
- Would you rather play a game with someone more or less talented than yourself? Would it matter who was watching?
- If you could change anything about the way you were raised, what would it be?

The book is recommended a basis for personal reflection, to stimulate discussion with a close friend, or as a basis for after dinner discussion. Think a bit about each question before you ask it of anyone else, though. Some questions probe a bit deeply for casual conversation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Screen Saver version of this book is great! April 16 1999
I have the screen saver version of this book. It's a great way to have these interesting questions pop up for a "thinking moment" throughout my day. And people who pass by my computer love to stop for a quick ponder as well and often engage me in conversation about a question.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A GREAT BOOK TO GET YOU THINKING Feb. 28 2011
This book is filled with questions which are great conversation starters, and make you think. We are hoping to begin a group of Questioners who gather and discuss, using the questions in this book. Highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Can You Answer Them All? June 23 2004
Gregory Stock has put together a geart book filled with insightful and thought provoking questions. This little book has so much potential between its pages.
I originally purchased this book for myself in my continuous quest to know myself better. It took some time to get through the 200 questions, some of them easy and some requiring great moments of contemplation. This book is also useful at parties, events, dinners and when meeting someone new. It would be a great exercise for relationships as well...opening up a whole new ball game I imagine. But mostly it is just fun and something interesting to think about or discuss with friends.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Concept with a Lot of Potential March 19 2004
Gregory Stock and one of his friends sat down and brainstormed for hours to come up with a compilation of questions many of us ask ourselves, or, we may ask in a group get together to ellicit conversation. This is a great book to come up with questions that we want to discuss with others, and even ideas we need to discuss within ourselves. I would have rated this a 5 however I felt some of the questions were double-bind questions where someone is asked a question on the lesser of two evils. I definately is a good conversation piece and good to have around for discussion or even just thinking and introspection.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great conversation piece Dec 28 2003
I bought this book recently and have so far interested five of my friends enough into wanting copies of their own. I brought this book over to a friend of mine's house and we sat up for an extended period of time going over some of the questions and discussing them. I think this book would be great to bring to either some camping trip or perhaps an evening with friends over drinks or coffee. A particular question I found to be interesting was the question, "If you could spend one year in perfect happiness but afterward would remember nothing of the experience would you do so? If not, why not?" This is one in particular my friend and I went over for quite a long time. Anyway, this book is filled with a variety of questions, and as the book says, each one is different from the one before, so you could literally read each on after another and have an unexpected question come up. I find the book to be thought-provoking, and as with all things thought-provoking, I liked it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A curious book March 15 2003
This book came out when I was in college. I thought it would be a great way to learn more about the person I was dating. (I was wrong.) Fifteen years later I re-bought it and decided that it's still worthwhile, but only to the degree that you are willing to be patient with it. IMHO there's probably only 20 or 30 questions that are intriguing, the rest are classroom filler.
Some of the questions are silly and some are downright depressing, as they reveal human selfishness. But if you have ever been bitten by the philosophy, or more specifically, the ethics bug, then this is a great little book to have. Also, it's better than the more recent knock-off "The Book of Fabulous Questions" - by Frohart.
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This is a fun little book. Some of the questions are silly, but that's part of the entertainment. Don't look to this book as a remedy to your social/psychological/spiritual (or whatever) problems...its just a fun little book.
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