Stikkord: <span>Douglas Adams</span>

I dag ble jeg tipset om at denne bloggen visstnok var blant de 100 største bloggene i Norge, noe som absolutt er hyggelig. Hvis jeg nå bare begynner å blogge om mote og slanking ispedd litt innvandringshets, så vil jeg rase opp på topp 10 på null komma niks…

I den anledning tenkte jeg det kunne passe å si noen ord om hvorfor jeg har kalt bloggen min for unfiltered perception. En uhyre pretensiøs tittel.

Begrepet unfiltered perception plukket jeg opp fra den femte boken i trilogien The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy av den übergeniale Douglas Adams. Boken heter Mostly Harmless, og for de få raringer som ikke har lest Hitchhiker’s Guide, så kan dere få et inntrykk av bokens og seriens stil ved å lese de første avsnittene:

Mostly Harmless

Anything that happens, happens.

Anything that, in happening, causes something else to happen, causes something else to happen.

Anything that, in happening, causes itself to happen again, happens again.

It doesn’t necessarily do it in chronological order, though.

Chapter 1

The history of the Galaxy has got a little muddled, for a number of reasons: partly because those who are trying to keep track of it have got a little muddled, but also because some very muddling things have been happening anyway.

One of the problems has to do with the speed of light and the difficulties involved in trying to exceed it. You can’t. Nothing travels faster than the speed of light with the possible exception of bad news, which obeys its own special laws. The Hingefreel people of Arkintoofle Minor did try to build spaceships that were powered by bad news but they didn’t work particularly well and were so extremely unwelcome whenever they arrived anywhere that there wasn’t really any point in being there.

Alle Hitchhiker’s-bøkene ser ut til å ligge på nettet ser jeg. Ingen anbefalt måte å lese på, men for de som vil smake litt på teksten, så kan dere se her:

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En kjent tekst av Douglas Adams, ofte sitert bl.a. av Richard Dawkins, som tåler å bli gjentatt også her:

Now, the invention of the scientific method and science is, I’m sure we’ll all agree, the most powerful intellectual idea, the most powerful framework for thinking and investigating and understanding and challenging the world around us that there is, and that it rests on the premise that any idea is there to be attacked and if it withstands the attack then it lives to fight another day and if it doesn’t withstand the attack then down it goes.

Religion doesn’t seem to work like that; it has certain ideas at the heart of it which we call sacred or holy or whatever. That’s an idea we’re so familiar with, whether we subscribe to it or not, that it’s kind of odd to think what it actually means, because really what it means is “Here is an idea or a notion that you’re not allowed to say anything bad about; you’re just not. Why not? – because you’re not!” If somebody votes for a party that you don’t agree with, you’re free to argue about it as much as you like; everybody will have an argument but nobody feels aggrieved by it. If somebody thinks taxes should go up or down you are free to have an argument about it, but on the other hand if somebody says “I mustn’t move a light switch on a Saturday”, you say, “Fine, I respect that”.

The odd thing is, even as I am saying that I am thinking “Is there an Orthodox Jew here who is going to be offended by the fact that I just said that?” but I wouldn’t have thought “Maybe there’s somebody from the left wing or somebody from the right wing or somebody who subscribes to this view or the other in economics” when I was making the other points. I just think “Fine, we have different opinions”. But, the moment I say something that has something to do with somebody’s (I’m going to stick my neck out here and say irrational) beliefs, then we all become terribly protective and terribly defensive and say “No, we don’t attack that; that’s an irrational belief but no, we respect it‘”.

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Har du ikke lest Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, eller bøkene om Dirk Gentlys Holistic Detective Agency, så er det jammen meg på tide…

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