Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Quotes of reflection.

"'The Babel fish,' said the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy quietly, 'is small, yellow and leechlike, and probably the oddest thing in the Universe. It feeds on brainwave energy received not from its own carrier but from those around it. (......) The practical upshot of all this is that if you stick a Babel fish in your ear you can instantly understand anything said to you in any form of language.

'Now it is such a bizarrely improbable coincidence that anything so mind-bogglingly useful could have evolved purely by chance that some thinkers have chosen to see it as a final and clinching proof for the nonexistance of God.

'The argument goes something like this: 'I refuse to prove that I exist,' says God, 'for proof denies faith, and without faith I am nothing.'

' 'But,' says Man, 'the Babel fish is a dead giveaway, isn't it? It would not have evolved by chance. It proves you exist, and so therefore, by your own arguments, you don't. QED.'

' 'Oh dear,' said God, 'I haven't thought of that,' and promptly vanishes in a puff of logic.'

---- Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (1979)"

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