@AndyWalsh’s book had me thinking about Intelligent Design in the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.
The Babel Fish is a leech that slides into one’s ear and allows one to understand all languages in the galaxy. This demonstrates Intelligent Design, because something like this surely could not have evolved by chance.
The Babel Fish and God
Oolon Colluphid used the Babel fish as the main theme of his best-selling book, Well That About Wraps It Up For God. More specifically, Colluphid uses the Babel fish as an argument for intelligent design (or - and there are some subtle differences here) in a version of the so-called teleological argument for God’s existence. But Colluphid then goes further - using the existence of the Babel fish to try to prove that God does not exist.
The whole argument runs, roughly, as follows.
- God refuses to prove that (S)He exists because proof denies faith and without faith God is nothing.
- Man then counters that the Babel fish is a dead giveaway because it could not have evolved by chance. So the fish proves that God exists - but hence also, by God’s own reasoning (see 1) that God does not exist.
- God says that (S)He hadn’t thought of that (hadn’t thought of 2) and promptly disappears in a puff of logic.
- Man then remarks about how easy that was (and gets himself killed on the next pedestrian crossing.)
It should be noted that most leading theologians think that Colluphid’s argument is “a load of dingo’s kidneys.”