Tuesday, 6 October 2009

The Evasive Question

“The Answer to the Ultimate Question Of.....Life, the Universe and Everything.....(is) Forty-two.” Douglas Adams

Yes, you saw that right. Today's quote is placed at the beginning, and not the end, of the post. Aren't I being unpredictable today?

There is a reason for this madness. You see, the rest of this post deals with that quote. I was sitting in my adolescent psychology class and was hit with a revelation. Douglas Adams has it right! The answer IS forty-two. Whoever said that we couldn't know both the answer and the question simultaneously was dead wrong, and I can prove it!

All we need is this simple equation:

ANSWER(life) Ʌ ANSWER(universe) Ʌ ∀x ANSWER(x)

which is easily solvable when we have the value of x, which is

[(Hod)/(32 ft/sec2)] log {(k log 16,000words/human/day)*[6,789,000,000(1+pct*Nd*∞dy/dx)]π}

Where

k = Aristotle's Golden Mean of Plato's Divided Line, and
Nd is the percentage of people who have an out-of-body near-death experience.

When we plug in these variables and take into consideration the truth-functional conjunction, we can see that the answer comes out to be a neat 42.

For those of you who didn't quite follow the reasoning:

To find the Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe and Everything, we must take the logarithm of Fechner's Law of Psychological Sensation (which is Ψ = k log S) multiply it by the growing human population of earth (which is approximately 6.789 billion multiplied by (1+pct*Nd*∞dy/dx)) and because the earth is almost spherical, we must also multiply it by pi, which is approximately
3.14159265358979323846
264338327950288419716
939937510582097494459
230781640628620899862
80348253421170679.

S, of course, equals the average number of words spoken daily by a person (about 16000 - I congratulate the discourse analysts for discovering this), and naturally ∞dy/dx is the number of angels that can dance on the head of pin. We must then multiply all this by Hubble's expanding universe constant divided by the free-fall acceleration on earth.

It gives my life a lot more clarity, actually. I may have to rename this blog something other than "The Wanderer".

3 comments:

Carla said...

The apple does not fall from the tree. Dawn Masucci

art said...

I have to admit I don't get the formula. For example, you make reference to the Gravitational Constant which is normally G and has a value of 6.673x10^-11 m^3/(kg*s*s) and I don't see where that fits into the formula. Also, I don't think the units work out. At least you have clarity on this and I suppose that is what is important.

Another interesting thing about 42 is if you sum the values of the first 7 prime numbers (1+2+3+5+7+11+13) = 42, you get forty two. I don't think that is a coincidence. Although it must be noted in recent times, the number 1 is no longer considered to be prime by many (Wells 1986) so the answer of 42 is now put into question by many mathematicians. A good case could be brought forward for using 41 as it is the 13th prime number of which the first 6 prime numbers sum to it and of course 6 * 7 - (7 - 6) = 41 and 6 + 7 = 13 and both results are prime.

Also, if apples do not fall from trees, where do they fall from? That is quite a provoking thought.

Carla said...

Oops. I fixed the formula. The gravitational constant is implied within the Golden Mean. I just got the free-fall acceleration and gravitational constant mixed up.