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Since I’m committed to carving out this particular informational niche of the digital universe and calling it my own, I might as well do something with it.

If you haven’t already guessed from the titles and brief posts I’ve made so far, I’ve envisioned this space as a space for questions. Why? Because “why” is never as frivolous as it sounds, even when coming in groups of fives and twenties from a toddler. “Why” is, ultimately, how we decipher our world.

About midway through Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy we learn that a group of hyper-intelligent beings (mice) has spent the last 7.5 million years waiting for a computer named Deep Thought to come up with “the Ultimate Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, The Universe, and Everything.” The Answer, as it turns out, is 42. The Question remains unknown. So, the hyper intelligent (and somewhat frustrated) beings commission the construction of another, grander, supercomputer at great expense. Why? To come up with The Question. The computer was named Earth, it was gorgeous, and populated, and eventually ran its program for billions of years until it was subsequently demolished to make way for a superhighway. Just short of producing The Question that everyone was waiting for.

The moral of the story is, as anyone who watched the entire broadcast series of The X-Files or Lost can tell you—

QUESTIONS ARE MORE INTERESTING THAN ANSWERS.

Nobody is getting those hours back. We’re here to produce questions.

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