The Book of Questions

The Book of Questions

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by Gregory Stock, Tom Lulevitch
     
 

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The phenomenon returns! Originally published in 1987,The Book of Questions, aNew York Timesbestseller, 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

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The phenomenon returns! Originally published in 1987,The Book of Questions, aNew York Timesbestseller, 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 Questionsmay 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:
9780894803208
Publisher:
Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date:
01/03/1987
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
4.02(w) x 6.06(h) x 0.44(d)

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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

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

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

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 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

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

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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