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"Let's eff the ineffable!"

Tripp_Pickell%28RichardMcDuff%29Heather_Williams%28SusanWay%29Scot_M_Burklin%28DirkGently%29.JPGThis is my shorthand phrase for the much longer Douglas Adams quote -

"Let's think the unthinkable, let's do the undoable, let's prepare to grapple with the ineffable itself, and see if we may not eff it after all."

This comes from Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency in which the titular character challenges us to not only think out of the box but to question this whole box fixation we seem to have.

Dirk Gently's world is one in which there are no such thing as accidents and everything, no matter how seemingly random, has significance. His detective methodology depends on the fundamental interconnectedness of all things. Whereas Sherlock Holmes reasoned by deduction, promoting a strict Newtonian cause and effect reductionist view of the universe where all things can be known, Dirk Gently is the first truly postmodern, post-Newtonian detective. Dirk Gently, when lost, follows someone who seems to know where they are going because he typically ends up someplace interesting.

At any rate, I admire Dirk's rugged, thorough-going indeterminism and absolute confidence in non-absolutism.

The picture is taken from a recent theatrical production of Dirk.

40 for 40, #8


I really did LOL at this one. I'm not a big fan of the Hitchiker series (yes, my geek card has been revoked for saying that), but this book sounds interesting. I'll have to give it a look.

My daughter would say that just the fact that you are taking the time to comment on my blog makes you a geek. Of course, commenting on her blog makes you supercool. Oh, the hypocrisy of youth.

She told me today that, whereas she belongs to the "LOL" generation I belong to the "Pong" generation. In her words, "Game over. Bye bye."

I think I need to borrow this book Lawrence. Bring it around next time you think about it.

very cool :D

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