terça-feira, fevereiro 26, 2008

The proof that God doesn't exist - Douglas Adams Babel Fish

«The Babel fish is small, yellow and leech-like, and probably the oddest thing in the Universe. It feeds on brainwave energy received not from its own carrier but from those around it. It absorbs all unconscious mental frequencies from this brainwave energy to nourish itself with. It then excretes into the mind of its carrier a telepathic matrix formed by combining the conscious thought frequencies with nerve signals picked up from the speech centres of the brain which has supplied them. 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 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 that you exist, and so therefore, by your own arguments, you don't. Q.E.D."
"Oh dear," says God, "I hadn't thought of that," and promptly vanishes in a puff of
"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 isn't worth a pair of fetid
dingo's kidneys, but that didn't stop Oolon Colluphid from making a fortune with his book Well That About Wraps It Up For God.»

Dentro do tema da semana, poucas coisas me ocorrem como mais apropriadas que esta pérola da lógica retirada da bíblia sci-fi nonsense que é Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy do Douglas Adams. Um dos meus favoritos pessoais que não me canso de recomendar.

Resta acrescentar que o tradutor online da Altavista é o Babel Fish porque sim.

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