Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Dawkins does Wodehouse

I'm almost finished The Greatest Show on Earth and will probably write something about it here, but in the meantime, here's Dawkins in a brilliant homage to PG Wodehouse: "The Great Bus Mystery".
Sample quote:
“Einstein, Jarvis? You mean the one with the hair and no socks?”
“Yes, sir, arguably the greatest physicist of all time.”
“Well, Jarvis, you can’t do better than that. Did Einstein believe in God?”
“Not in the conventional sense of a personal God, sir, he was most emphatic on the point. Einstein believed in Spinoza’s God, who reveals himself in the orderly harmony of what exists, not in a God who concerns himself with fates and actions of human beings.”
“Gosh Jarvis, bit of a googly there, but I think I get your drift. God’s just another word for the great outdoors, so we’re wasting our time lobbing prayers and worship in his general direction, what?”
“Precisely, sir.”
“If, indeed, he has a general direction”, I added moodily, for I can spot a deep paradox as well as the next man, ask anyone at the Dregs.

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