Douglas Adams- American Atheists interview

I've long been a fan of Douglas Adams's books.  Even when I was trying so hard to be a believing Christian, I enjoyed his books, even though he clearly thought God was a silly concept.

This interview with American Atheists was reprinted in the posthumously released Adams book The Salmon of Doubt


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Comment by A.T. Heist on September 13, 2013 at 12:44pm

This is an interesting little corollary to the above interview, also from The Salmon of Doubt:

Man the maker looks at his world and says "So who made this then?"

Who made this!? You can see why it's a treacherous question. Early man thinks: "Well, because theres only one sort of being I know about who makes things. Whoever made all this must therefore be a much bigger, much more powerful and necessarily invisible - one of me! And because I tend to be the strong one who does all the stuff - he's probably MALE!"

And so we have the idea of a God. Then, because when we make things we do it with the intention of doing something with them - early man asks himself: "If he made it, what did he make it for?"

Now the real trap springs. Because early man is thinking "This world fits me very well! Here are all these things that support me, and feed me and look after me! Yes this world fits me nicely!" and he reaches the inescapable conclusion, that whoever made it - made it for him.

This is rather as if you imagine a puddle waking up one morning, and thinking "This is an interesting world I find myself in - an interesting hole I find myself in - fits me rather neatly doesn't it. In fact, it fits my staggeringly well! Must have been made to have me in it!

This is such a powerful idea that as the sun rises in the sky - and the air heats up - and as gradually the puddle gets smaller and smaller - it's still frantically hanging on to the notion that everything's going to be alright! Because this world was meant to have him in it! It was BUILT to have him in it! So the moment he disappears ... catches him rather by surprise!

Comment by Strega on September 13, 2013 at 12:45pm

Wonderful, A.T.  Anything by Douglas Adams rivets me.  Here's a link to his 90 minute TED talk which I think ranks as my favourite talk of all time :)


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