Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Amarillo Globe-News of Amarillo, Texas, and it’s titled Evolution requires more faith than creation. We’ll give you a few excerpts, enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis.
However, there are so many howlers in this letter that we can’t comment on them all. Therefore, we’ll just mark some of them with this simple, tasteful, and non-obtrusive symbol: [VomitAlert]. As we usually do we’ll omit the writer’s name and city. Get ready, dear reader, here we go:
Like practically all of us who had a public education and college, I had swallowed [VomitAlert] the evolution theory (it is only a theory and in no way can be construed as fact).
It’s only a theory. BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Hang on, it gets better.
The basic premise upon which Darwin based his theory was that the cell was simple. [VomitAlert] It is not simple. There are 60,000 proteins in 100 specific configurations in a single cell. If you change or manipulate just one of those configurations, the cell dies [VomitAlert]. There are over 100 trillion cells in a human body. The odds of a single cell just simply coming together to form a living cell are 1 times 10 to the 4 millionth 478 thousandth power.
That was good! It’s been a long time since we’ve seen a reference to the Theory of Spontaneous Assembly of Very Complex Molecules from Start to Finish from Utterly Isolated Atoms (TSAVCMSFUIA).
Wait — let’s take another look at the letter-writer’s number for the odds against the existence of a single cell. He says it would be one x 104,478,000. He thinks that’s a really big number, but no matter how many times he multiplies one by itself, he’s still going to get one. [Addendum and confession: Please overlook your humble Curmudgeon's math notation this morning.]
Let’s be charitable. Assume that he meant to write “one in 104,478,000.” How did the letter-writer figure that out? Or perhaps we should be wondering from which creationist website he blindly copied the number. Well, that’s not important. Let’s read on:
According to probability law [VomitAlert], there is no possibility for something to occur if the odds are 1 times 10 to the 50th power.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! One times 1050 equals one. This guy really doesn’t know how to write numbers. [Addendum: Nor, apparently, does your Curmudgeon.] Anyway, is there such a law? As we’ve often pointed out, the odds against any particular sequence resulting from shuffling a deck of 52 playing cards are — as the mathematicians say — 52 factorial. You know … the chance for the first card’s being something in particular is one in 52, the chance for second is one in 51, for the next it’s one in 50, etc. Fifty-two factorial is a big number. It works out to be 8.06581752 × 1067. That’s 8 (and a tad more) times 10 to the 67th power. So according to today’s letter-writer, shuffling a deck of cards is impossible. He continues:
Time is not on the side of the evolutionist, either. Every living cell must have some kind of support system or it will die. So you see, evolution remains a theory only.
We’ll ignore that paragraph. Here’s more:
Creation Evidence Museum in Glen Rose [VomitAlert] provides much more scientific evidence for creation. For further information concerning the science behind the facts and truth of creation, visit http://www.creationevidence.org.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Even Ken Ham advises caution about place — see AIG on the Paluxy River Footprints.
The letter-writer’s final line is the often-heard mating call of the untamed creationist in the primeval wilderness:
It takes more faith to believe in evolution than creation.
Great letter. Another fine addition to our collection.
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