A Conversation for Arthur Dent and 'The Plain Man's Pathway to Heaven'

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Post 1


What are the chances of all of all of that just being a coincidence?
Arthur Dent - author: Plain Man's Pathway to Heaven
Arthur Dent - Central character: Hitch Hiker (Plain Man if ever there was one) Guide to the Galaxy (Pathway to the Heavens)
DNA the very key to how every living thing links together - DNA the initials of the man who wrote the book which has the information on how everything works.
Coincidence? I don't think so.

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Post 2


Well, Douglas' initials were definately not a coincidence. It has been stated (probably in a biography somewhere) that, being born not long after the discovery of DNA, his parent intentional gave those initals, knowing the connection.

But as for Arthur Dent, Douglas certainly claimed that it was coincidence, but memory is a strange thing. I guess it's possible that Douglas could have come across the book, or discovered the original Arthur Dent, at some point and since forgotten about it. But when he needed a name, that one leaped into his forebrain. Anything's possible really, but also quite difficult to prove.


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