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The hardest assumption to challenge is the one you don't even know you are making. Douglas Adams
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A mobile phone needs a manual in the way that a teacup doesn't Douglas Adams
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Democracy is all about not electing the wrong man-eating lizard. Douglas Adams
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The books people are writing today, they're too long. You get a little bit of plot, and then pages and pages of Creative Writing. They teach classes in how to do this. They should teach classes in how to stop! Douglas Adams
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And so the problem remained; lots of people were mean, and most were miserable, even the ones with digital watches. Douglas Adams
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Come on," he droned, "I"ve been ordered to take you down to the bridge. Here I am, brain the size of a planet and they ask me to take you down to the bridge. Call that job satisfaction? "Cos I do'." He turned and walked back to the hated door. "Er, excuse me," said Ford following after him, "which government owns this ship?" Marvin ignored him. "You watch this door," he muttered, "it's about to open again. I can tell by the intolerable air of smugness it suddenly generates. Douglas Adams
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The available worlds looked pretty grim. They had little to offer him because he had little to offer them. He had been extremely chastened to realize that although he originally came from a world which had cars and computers and ballet and Armagnac, he didn't, by himself, know how any of it worked. He couldn't do it. Left to his own devices he couldn't build a toaster. He could just about make a sandwich and that was it. Douglas Adams
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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. Douglas Adams
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Humans are not proud of their ancestors, and rarely invite them round to dinner. Douglas Adams
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Capital Letters Were Always The Best Way Of Dealing With Things You Didn't Have A Good Answer To. Douglas Adams
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A computer chatted to itself in alarm as it noticed an airlock open and close itself for no apparent reason. This was because Reason was in fact out to lunch. Douglas Adams
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Siamese Cats have a way of staring at you. Those who have walked in on the Queen cleaning her teeth will know the expression. Douglas Adams
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Pardon me for breathing, which I never do any way so I don't know why I bother to say it, oh God, I'm so depressed. Douglas Adams
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Deep in the fundamental heart of mind and Universe there is a reason. Douglas Adams
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It {Darwin's theory of evolution] was a concept of such stunning simplicity, but it gave rise, naturally, to all of the infinite and baffling complexity of life. The awe it inspired in me made the awe that people talk about in respect of religious experience seem, frankly, silly beside it. I'd take the awe of understanding over the awe of ignorance any day. Douglas Adams
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Arthur shook his head and sat down. He looked up. "I thought you must be dead ..." he said simply. "So did I for a while," said Ford, "and then I decided I was a lemon for a couple of weeks. I kept myself amused all that time jumping in and out of a gin and tonic. Douglas Adams
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In many of the more relaxed civilizations on the Outer Eastern Rim of the Galaxy, the Hitch-Hiker's Guide has already supplanted the great Encyclopaedia Galactica as the standard repository of all knowledge and wisdom, for though it has many omissions and contains much that is apocryphal, or at least wildly inaccurate, it scores over the older, more pedestrian work in two important respects. First, it is slightly cheaper; and secondly it has the words DON'T PANIC inscribed in large friendly letters on its cover. Douglas Adams
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In the old days, writers used to sit in front of a typewriter and stare out of the window. Nowadays, because of the marvels of convergent technology, the thing you type on and the window you stare out of are now the same thing. Douglas Adams
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Everything you see or hear or experience in any way at all is specific to you. You create a universe by perceiving it, so everything in the universe you perceive is specific to you. Douglas Adams
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The storm had now definitely abated, and what thunder there was now grumbled over more distant hills, like a man saying 'And another thing...' twenty minutes after admitting he'd lost the argument. Douglas Adams
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Time, we know, is relative. You can travel light years through the stars and back, and if you do it at the speed of light then, when you return, you may have aged mere seconds while your twin brother or sister will have aged twenty, thirty, forty or however many years it is, depending on how far you traveled. This will come to you as a profound shock, particularly if you didn't know you had a twin brother or sister. Douglas Adams
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I think the idea of art kills creativity. Douglas Adams
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There is a feeling which persists in England that making a sandwich interesting, attractive, or in any way pleasant to eat is something sinful that only foreigners do. Douglas Adams
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I've never understood all this fuss people make about the dawn. I've seen a few and they're never as good as the photographs, which have the additional advantage of being things you can look at when you're in the right frame of mind, which is usually around lunchtime. Douglas Adams
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Many respectable physicists said that they weren't going to stand for this - partly because it was a debasement of science, but mostly because they didn't get invited to those sort of parties. Douglas Adams
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When the girl sitting at the next table looked away from a moment, Dirk leaned over and took her coffee. He knew that he was perfectly safe doing this because she would simply not be able to believe that this had happened. Douglas Adams
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Yes. They are the words that finally turned me into the hermit I have now become. It was quite sudden. I saw them, and I knew what I had to do." The sign read: "Hold stick near center of its length. Moisten pointed end in mouth. Insert in tooth space, blunt end next to gum. Use gentle in-out motion." "It seemed to me," said Wonko the Sane, "that any civilization that had so far lost its head as to need to include a set of detailed instructions for use in a package of toothpicks, was no longer a civilization in which I could live and stay sane. Douglas Adams
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In moments of great stress, every life form that exists gives out a tiny subliminal signal. Douglas Adams
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Structural linguistics is a bitterly divided and unhappy profession, and a large number of its practitioners spend many nights drowning their sorrows in Ouisghian Zodahs. Douglas Adams
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Was there a reason behind it? There would be no point in asking Zaphod, he never appeared to have a reason for anything he did at all: he had turned unfathomability into an art form. He attacked everything in life with a mixture of extraordinary genius and naive incompetence and it was often difficult to tell which was which. Douglas Adams
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The seat received him in a loose and distant kind of way, like an aunt who disapproves of the last fifteen years of your life and will therefore furnish you with a basic sherry, but refuses to catch your eye. Douglas Adams
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If the Universe came to an end every time there was some uncertainty about what had happened in it, it would never have got beyond the first picosecond. And many of course don't. It's like a human body, you see. A few cuts and bruises here and there don't hurt it. Not even major surgery if it's done properly. Paradoxes are just the scar tissue. Time and space heal themselves up around them and people simply remember a version of events which makes as much sense as they require it to make. Douglas Adams
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Here, for whatever reason, is the world. And here it stays. With me on it. Douglas Adams
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Assumptions are the things we don't know we're making. Douglas Adams
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In the end, it was the Sunday afternoons he couldn't cope with, and that terrible listlessness which starts to set in at about 2:55, when you know that you've had all the baths you can usefully have that day, that however hard you stare at any given paragraph in the papers you will never actually read it, or use the revolutionary new pruning technique it describes, and that as you stare at the clock the hands will move relentlessly on to four o'clock, and you will enter the long dark teatime of the soul. Douglas Adams
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Why are people born? Why do they die? Why do they want to spend so much of the intervening time wearing digital watches? Douglas Adams
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Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so. Douglas Adams
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The difficulty with this conversation is that it's very different from most of the ones I've had of late. Which, as I explained, have mostly been with trees. Douglas Adams
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Arthur blinked at the screens and felt he was missing something important. Suddenly he realized what it was. "Is there any tea on this spaceship?" he asked. Douglas Adams
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I don't know what I'm looking for." "What not?" "Because ... because ... I think it might be because if I knew I wouldn't be able to look for them. Douglas Adams
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But the plans were on display..." "On display? I eventually had to go down to the cellar to find them." "That's the display department." "With a flashlight." "Ah, well, the lights had probably gone." "So had the stairs." "But look, you found the notice, didn't you?" "Yes," said Arthur, "yes I did. It was on display in the bottom of a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying 'Beware of the Leopard. Douglas Adams
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The Answer to the Great Question... Of Life, the Universe and Everything... Is... Forty-two,' said Deep Thought, with infinite majesty and calm. Douglas Adams
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When the idea comes, I often can't remember where it came from. I remember very little about writing the first series of Hitchhiker's. It's almost as if someone else wrote it. Douglas Adams
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I think a nerd is a person who uses the telephone to talk to other people about telephones. And a computer nerd therefore is somebody who uses a computer in order to use a computer. Douglas Adams
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And for all the richest and most successful merchants life inevitably became rather dull and niggly, and they began to imagine that this was therefore the fault of the worlds they'd settled on. Douglas Adams
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How do you feel?" he asked him. "Like a military academy," said Arthur. "Bits of me keep on passing out. Douglas Adams
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We are stuck with technology when what we really want is just stuff that works. Douglas Adams
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And as he drove on, the rainclouds dragged down the sky after him, for, though he did not know it, Rob McKenna was a Rain God. All he knew was that his working days were miserable and he had a succession of lousy holidays. All the clouds knew was that they loved him and wanted to be near him, to cherish him, and to water him. Douglas Adams
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See first, think later, then test. But always see first. Otherwise you will only see what you were expecting. Most scientists forget that. Douglas Adams
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Grown men, he told himself, in flat contradiction of centuries of accumulated evidence about the way grown men behave, do not behave like this. Douglas Adams
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It was one of those pictures that children are supposed to like but don't. Full of endearing little animals doing endearing things, you know? Douglas Adams
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There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened. Douglas Adams
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WOKING (vb.) To enter the kitchen with the precise determination to perform something only to forget what it is just before you do it. Douglas Adams
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Many words and expressions which only a matter of decades ago were considered so distastefully explicit that, were they merely to be breathed in public, the perpetrator would be shunned, barred from polite society, and in extreme cases shot through the lungs, are now thought to be very healthy and proper, and their use in everyday speech and writing is evidence of a well-adjusted, relaxed and totally un****ed-up personality. Douglas Adams
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I always thought something was fundamentally wrong with the universe Douglas Adams
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Reality is hopelessly inaccurate. Douglas Adams
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I have terrible periods of lack of confidence. I just don't believe I can do it and no evidence to the contrary will sway me from that view. Douglas Adams
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Being virtually killed by a virtual laser in a virtual space is just as effective as the real thing, because you are as dead as you think you are. Douglas Adams
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There is no problem so complicated that you can't find a very simple answer to it if you look at it right... Or put it another way, The future of computer power is pure simplicity. Douglas Adams
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I refuse to prove that I exist says God, for proof denies faith, and without faith, I am nothing. Oh, says man, but the Babel Fish is a dead give-away, isn't it? It proves You exist, and so therefore You don't. Q.E.D. Oh, I hadn't thought of that, says God, who promptly vanishes in a puff of logic. Douglas Adams
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In the beginning, the universe was created. This made a lot of people very angry, and has been widely regarded as a bad idea. Douglas Adams
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Some say that the universe is made so that when we are about to understand it it changes into something even more incomprehensible. And then there are those who say that this has already happened. Douglas Adams
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I'm 48, which is a bit of a shock to me. Why only last year I thought I was a precocious young thing! Douglas Adams
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So you can imagine what happens when a mainland species gets introduced to an island. It would be like introducing Al Capone, Genghis Khan and Rupert Murdoch into the Isle of Wight - the locals wouldn't stand a chance. Douglas Adams
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Time travel, by its very nature, was invented in all periods of history simultaneously. Douglas Adams
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The dew has fallen with a particularly sickening thud this morning. Douglas Adams
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What I mean is that if you really want to understand something, the best way is to try and explain it to someone else. That forces you to sort it out in your own mind. And the more slow and dim-witted your pupil, the more you have to break things down into more and more simple ideas. And that's really the essence of programming. By the time you"ve sorted out a complicated idea into little steps that even a stupid machine can deal with, you"ve certainly learned something about it yourself. The teacher usually learns more than the pupil. Is' that true? Douglas Adams
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People will then often say, But surely it's better to remain an Agnostic just in case?' This, to me, suggests such a level of silliness and muddle that I usually edge out of the conversation rather than get sucked into it. (If it turns out that I've been wrong all along, and there is in fact a god, and if it further turned out that this kind of legalistic, cross-your-fingers-behind-your-back, Clintonian hair-splitting impressed him, then I think I would choose not to worship him anyway.) Douglas Adams
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So, my argument is that as we become more and more scientifically literate, it's worth remembering that the fictions with which we previously populated our world may have some function that it's worth trying to understand and preserve the essential components of, rather than throwing out the baby with the bath water; because even though we may not accept the reasons given for them being here in the first place, it may well be that there are good practical reasons for them, or something like them, to be there. Douglas Adams
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He felt like an old sponge steeped in paraffin and left in the sun to dry. Douglas Adams
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