Monday, August 08, 2005

Striking parallels between the Adam' Babel Fish and ID

From Peerspectives I have learned about The Hitchhiker's Guide to Intelligent Design and how the parallels between the Adams' Babel Fish and ID theory are striking - The argument goes 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 could not have evolved by chance. It proves you exist, and so therefore, by your own arguments, you don’t. QED."

"Oh dear," says God, "I hadn’t thought of that," and promptly disappears in a puff of logic.

"Oh, that was easy," says Man, and for an encore goes on to prove that black is white and gets himself killed on the next zebra crossing.
Most leading theologians claim that this argument is a load of dingo’s kidneys, but that didn’t stop Oolon Colluphid making a small fortune when he used it as the central theme of his best-selling book, "Well That about Wraps It Up for God."

Meanwhile, the poor Babel fish, by effectively removing all barriers to communication between different races and cultures, has caused more and bloodier wars than anything else in the history of creation.
I have never read The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy but it's an quite amusing way of using a Babel Fish.

Life, the Universe, and Everything, An Interview with Douglas Adams

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