"Don't Panic" is the ultimate piece of advice given in "The Hitchhiker"s Guide to the Galaxy" (author: Douglas Adams). Also, according to "Deep Thought" (the most powerful computer in the universe), the answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything is 42.
Would you be willing to write a book review on it for EE Times? We'd love to have it in our Engineer's Bookshelf section? Contact Caleb Kraft to submit book reviews -- that goes for all of you engineers out there.
There's a great book by physicist João Magueijo called Faster than the Speed of Light (2003), which proposes that considering C to be a slowly-changing variable rather than a constant solves a number of cosmological questions. The book also tells you what a "cosmological question" is. Faster is written for non-physicists and includes how the author got into theoretical physics in the first place, what he was doing when he got his flash of insight, and is a marvelous exposé of modern academia -- especially the sciences. Those parts are hilarious and depressing at the same time.
I don't know the source for this one: "Either we're alone in the universe or we aren't. Either possibility is mind-boggling."
Personally, I like the theory that we're a bunch of tiny Whos or mere 3-dimensional creatures who are incapable of understanding what's really going on. We may also have a ridiculously fast sense of time, and the Elder Gods or whatever work on such a long time scale that nobody around here can tell that things like the speed of light are very slowly changing.
I also like the theory suggested by Anne Elk at Daily Kos: "Watching the dominant species self-destruct on planet after planet may be God's version of Breaking Bad."
[Subject line is obscure reference to Billy Wilder's One Two Three (1961).]