What is 42?

Unlike Douglas Adam’s infamous computer, I can’t compress the universe into a single number. He who can’t answer must question instead. Therefore, my goal is to ask questions on a 42 point nonlinear scale:

  • 1 = Obvious, like trying to remember where you left your coffee.
  • 2 = Takes a little more effort; a crossword puzzle.
  • 3= Term paper.
  • 4 = Getting serious now; a master’s thesis.
  • 7 = PhD thesis.
  • 14 = Life’s work.
  • 21 = The work of an entire community.
  • 42 = All of human knowledge

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