Day 144 — Towel Day

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 the final and clinching proof of the non-existence 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 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 vanished in a puff of logic.” — Douglas Adams.

It’s Thursday, 25th May for Day 144 — Towel Day is an annual celebration on this day, as a tribute to the late author Douglas Adams (1952–2001).

On this day, fans around the universe carry a towel in his honour — I’m choosing to make today’s podcast episode dedicated to links about philosophy and his work.

A Tribute to the Meaning Of Life in Philosophy Now

Nicholas Joll and philosophical themes in Hitch-hiker’s Guide— and Massimo Pigliucci reviews a book on the same topic edited by Joll in Philosophy Now.

An interview on the philosophy book by Joll in GB Times

Douglas Adams — Where Does the Idea of God Come from? — Philosophy Monkey

Douglas Adams: Analysing the Absurd by Margaretha Aletta van der Colff, A dissertation submitted in fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts

Finally — a link to the game of HHGTTG.