The Book of Questions: Revised and Updated

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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.

Whether you use it as a tool for self discovery, or as a provocative way to stimulate conversation, this book ...

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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.

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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: 9780761177319
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/10/2013
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Pages: 312
  • Sales rank: 83,399
  • Product dimensions: 4.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.75 (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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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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