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2010-01-29

Zien-zoals-het-is

If life is going to exist in a Universe of this size, then one thing it cannot afford to have is a sense of proportion. 

Volgens (erg grappige science fiction schrijver) Douglas Adams is het onmogelijk om de dingen in verhouding te zien of te zien zoals ze zijn: er is gewoon teveel. En inderdaad, volgens de video eronder: het universum lijkt best groot te zijn. :) Is DAT ons universum?

Trin Tragula--for that was his name--was a dreamer, a thinker, a speculative philosopher or, as his wife would have it, an idiot. And she would nag him incessantly about the utterly inordinate amount of time he spent staring out into space, or mulling over the mechanics of safety pins, or doing spectrographic analyses of pieces of fairy cake. "Have some sense of proportion!" she would say, sometimes as often as thirty-eight times in a single day. And so he built the Total Perspective Vortex--just to show her. And into one end, he plugged the whole of reality as extrapolated from a piece of fairy cake, and into the other, he plugged his wife: so that when he turned it on she saw in one instant the whole infinity of creation and herself in relation to it.
To Trin Tragula's horror, the shock completely annihilated her brain, but to his satisfaction he realized that he had proved conclusively that if life is going to exist in a Universe of this size, then one thing it cannot afford to have is a sense of proportion.




Restaurant at the End of the Universe - Douglas Adams
(vervolg op The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy)

text ook online

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