"the deadliest bullshit is odorless and transparent" - William Gibson

Monday, January 31, 2005

multiplicity of universes

I recently listened to the audio version of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. I hadn't read it in ten years, and it was every bit as funny and amazing as I remembered. I started reading the eulogies and articles on Douglas Adams's death and came across Douglas Adams' speech at Digital Biota 2:"is there an artifical God?" He asks some big time questions and proves that charm and humor and creative metaphor can contribute to any field, even science and religion.

There are some oddities in the perspective with which we see the world. The fact that we live at the bottom of a deep gravity well, on the surface of a gas covered planet going around a nuclear fireball 90 million miles away and think this to be normal is obviously some indication of how skewed our perspective tends to be, but we have done various things over intellectual history to slowly correct some of our misapprehensions.


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