The Book of Questions: Revised and Updated

The Book of Questions: Revised and Updated

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by Gregory Stock Ph.D.
     
 

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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

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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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761178682
Publisher:
Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date:
09/10/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
123,020
File size:
215 KB

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Which sex do you think has it easier in our culture? Have you ever wished you were of the opposite sex?

Knowing you had a 50 percent chance of winning and would be paid 10 times the amount of your bet if you won, what fraction of what you now own would you be willing to wager?

Would you rather spend a month on vacation with your parents or put in overtime at your current job for four weeks without extra compensation?

What People are saying about this

author of Steal Like an Artist Austin Kleon

“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

host of Survivor and The Jeff Probst Show Jeff Probst

“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

Arthur Caplan

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

Robert Thurman

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

TED speaker and coauthor of Homo Evolutis: Ple — Juan Enriquez
“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
author of Marooned in Real Time Vernor Vinge

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

author of Oil and Honey Bill McKibben

“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

author of The Post-American World Fareed Zakaria

“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

From the Publisher

“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

creator of TED Richard Saul Wurman

"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

author of The Postman and The Transparent Society David Brin

“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

author of The Icarus Deception Seth Godin

“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

author of How to Create a Mind and founder of Sing Ray Kurzweil

“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

Senior Maverick at Wired and author of What Techno Kevin Kelly

“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

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Meet the Author

Gregory Stock is a biophysicist, bestselling author, biotech entrepreneur, and the former director of the Program on Medicine, Technology, and Society at UCLA’s School of Medicine. His interests lie in the scientific and evolutionary as well as ethical, social, and political implications of today’s revolutions in the life sciences and in information technology and computers. He lives in Houston, Texas.

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The Book of Questions 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I use some of the appropriate questions in a Public Speaking course that I teach for impromptu speech assignments. The questions herein are excellent conversation starters and foster group discussions on a variety of issues relative to wealth, power, love, goals, success, responsibility, friendship, and more. Truly a useful tool for anyone in the communications or social sciences discipline. I constantly refer to it, and it's also fun for parties and get togethers. A great coffee table book. Something that makes you think, discuss, and ponder. Reasonably priced and a worthy, thought-provoking read.
tchrreader More than 1 year ago
This is a great book to have sitting on your coffee table. This will really get a conversation going. Have your friend or family pick a number and turn to that page and ask the question. This is a great book for a long car trip- you will really have some entertaining, thought provoking conversations and you will learn new things about people that you never knew before! You think you know someone until you ask them the questions from this book. I highly recommend it.
Ellen_Bordner More than 1 year ago
Unlike the many self-help books that try to change some aspect of your personality or behavior, this one just allows you to see yourself-exactly as you are at this moment-more clearly. Like any honest self-evaluation, it can make you proud, ashamed, happy or sad, depending on which question you are looking at. Above all, it makes you think. The book is a quick read in terms of word count, but it has a long-lasting influence. It's ideal for sharing with friends...and virtually guaranteed to stimulate interesting conversation!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book helped me and my boyfriend get to know each other even when we thought we knew everything!!
Anonymous 3 months ago
My bf asked me out on a date today. Shoukd i say yes or no? Respond to Jellybean
Anonymous 5 months ago
There isbthis girat my schoolwho likes me and i like her but she dosent want to date till shes older and i doont knowhat to do! Respond to ezra
Anonymous 8 months ago
To ami like a girl but my freind realy likes her what do i do ~singhed flashkid30$tuff
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Guest More than 1 year ago
My husband at first was hesitant to start using this book and then I had a hard time getting him to put it down! He wants to bring it to any gathering we have in the future. If you are looking for a book to get to know someone and have great conversations, this is the book for you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book when it was first published and still read it today. It's great reading it with friends and an excellent source for finding out what kind of values your friends and you have (if answered honestly). Thought provoking as well as entertaining.
Guest More than 1 year ago
im a high school student in california and This book Lets me and my dad have converstions alot easier. We usally dont have anything to talk about and sitting in silence is pretty unconfotable but this makes it ten time much better.........
Guest More than 1 year ago
GREAT DATE BOOK! This book helped me (and my now finace) really get to know each other from the very start. We spent hours on the phone answering these questions back and forth. I wonder if we would be where we are now without this great little book? It is great for all ages of people. Everyone should own a copy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
With this book I've been able to speak to people that I just blew off before because I didn't know a thing about them. It is a very informitave book and I defineitly recomend it. ^_^
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has been circulated among my friends for years and used at different social functions. Whenever we get together, someone inevitably asks, 'Where's the Book of Questions?' It really helps you get to know those you love and share your life with... (we just need a volume 2!)
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book can help to create an intimate understanding between friends, family, or lovers. . .What a great book! I highly recommend!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is an absolute wonder. It helped my brother and his girlfriend really get their relationship going. I used this book to help teach my Advanced placement English class as well. This is a great book and I incourage everyone to check it out.
Guest More than 1 year ago
We used this book in my Speech class today and it helped us to get in one another's heads. This book would be awesome for long trips.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is so much fun to read by yourself or with others. A great coffee table book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a goldmine of topics that take daily conversations beyond the trivial and mundane. I have carried this book around with me many times, and it has turned many a dull conversation about the weather into a sparkling discussion about life: my attitude in my own life and in the lives of others. In a group of friends, this book works wonders. Asking 'serious' and 'personal' questions to your friends can be artificial and difficult, but with the help of this book it's a piece of cake. Have one member of the group pick a question number at random, and then have them answer that question, followed by the other members of the group. It works fantastic! My only gripe with this book is that as a Christian, I found that some of the questions were trivial and unimportant. For example, questions about personal boundaries with respect to sexuality or the preservation of human life were easy for me to answer on the basis of the guidelines of the Bible. My Christian friends also found that these questions didn't result in much discussion, because we all agreed with each other from the outset! We also found that some questions are too direct and inappropriate, such as very specific questions about your first sexual encounter. However, such questions can easily be skipped over by the discerning reader, and there are more than enough other questions in this book to keep a group busy in healthy conversation for a long time. A very useful tool!