For many of us, our introduction to philosophy is intertwined with our discovery of Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy . The Hitchhiker's Guide —first a radio show, then a series of books (a five book ‘trilogy’), and then a TV series—raises philosophical questions in such a playful manner that it seems immediately appealing to the young mind discovering philosophy. This was certainly my experience. I was taken in by the twisty argument that starts with the Babel fish (a fish that feeds on brain waves and in doing so works as a universal translator) and ends with God vanishing in a puff of logic. I've learned other important lessons from the series, including how to fly without the...

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