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42 by Mark Vernon
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Sep 28, 14

bookshelves: philosophy, humor
Read in February, 2009

Classified as ‘Philosophy/Humor’ at the back cover and inspired by Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, this 42-quotation “Deep Thought on Life, the Universe, and Everything” by Mark Vernon would be, I think, delightfully and light-heartedly read by those interested in his ways of looking at what philosophy has to say about life by means of writing a few pages to narrate/argue on each quotation. For instance, No. 34 ‘A person’s character is their fate.’ (Heraclitus) covering about three pages is about John Stuart Mill’s plight and how he coped with it till he found his new character.
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Trice haven't read this myself, but from the title it seems it has to be referencing Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, from '42', the ultimate answer to the ultimate question of 'life, the universe and everything', and, of course 'Deep Thought' the greatest computer ever made, which found said answer. Does he work that in somewhere, or was it just a fun place to start?


umberto Trice wrote: "haven't read this myself, but from the title it seems it has to be referencing Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, from '42', the ultimate answer to the ultimate question of ..."

Thanks, Trice, for your message. I think you're right, let me quote from its back cover:
In The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, the supercomputer Deep Thought pronounces 42 as the answer to life, the Universe, and everything. Three decades after the publication of this iconic book, acclaimed philosopher Mark Vernon returns to the truth behind this infamous utterances ...


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