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King of NH's Avatar Jump to comment 10 by King of NH

What does Steven Pinker's talk have to do with Douglas Adam's memorial?


I'm not sure I follow the question. Why wouldn't a memorial lecture for Adams be an intellectual lecture? Adams was, from my best experience, a very academic person, so Stephen Pinker's work probably would have thrilled him. In addition, the Hitchhiker's series uses many twists of language. But I think we should remember that Douglas Adams was not the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Universe, he was a man with, like the rest of us, a life outside of work. A memorial lecture in his honor need not include infinite improbability drive and depressed robots.

Wed, 06 Aug 2008 03:25:00 UTC | #213300