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Ask your friends. Ask your parents. Ask someone you hardly know. The Book of Questions gives you permission to ask those things that are too bold, too embarrassing, or just too difficult to ask by yourself. You will find questions of integrity; of sex; of what you would do for money; even things too personal to talk about out loud.

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Overview


Ask your friends. Ask your parents. Ask someone you hardly know. The Book of Questions gives you permission to ask those things that are too bold, too embarrassing, or just too difficult to ask by yourself. You will find questions of integrity; of sex; of what you would do for money; even things too personal to talk about out loud.

Whether you use it as a tool for self discovery, or as a provocative way to stimulate conversation, this book constantly challenges attitudes, morals, beliefs-and it challenges you.

Poses questions that can start 265 conversations concerning our fundamental values and beliefs, our dreams and nightmares about sex, money, love, and power.

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What People Are Saying

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
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

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

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

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

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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780894803208
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/3/1987
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 4.02 (w) x 6.06 (h) x 0.44 (d)

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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Read an Excerpt


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?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2008

    A reviewer

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 31, 2010

    A great book-

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 19, 2009

    This book makes you take a closer look at who you really are.

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2007

    Great 4 Teens!!!

    This book helped me and my boyfriend get to know each other even when we thought we knew everything!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2014

    Kelsey

    Space and time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2014

    Merry

    Right here in this book im posting in (duh) (merry)

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2014

    HatchetBlade

    The pasta mansion, duh.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2014

    THE FIFTH QUESTION

    Where?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2006

    Great Conversations

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2005

    TRULY A CLASSIC!!!!!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2005

    This Book is Makes me think and wornder.....

    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.........

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2004

    EXCELLENT BOOK

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2003

    I love this book

    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. ^_^

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2002

    A true classic!

    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!)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2001

    Great 'Get to Know you Book'

    This book can help to create an intimate understanding between friends, family, or lovers. . .What a great book! I highly recommend!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2001

    Fun!!!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2001

    Great Book

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2001

    HORRIBLE, HORRIBLE BOOK

    I don't see how reading these questions helps you to find out about yourself... the whole book consists of played out situations testing your morality to rediculous extremes... The questions get repetitive and half of them sound like questions junior high school kids talk about during lunchtime... If anybody's using these horrendous questions as conversation topics i highly suggest you get out more, or at least get a better book...

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2001

    Excellent fun!!

    This book is so much fun to read by yourself or with others. A great coffee table book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2000

    A conversationalist's goldmine.

    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!

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