It’s been more than a month since we’ve discussed an article by Babu G. Ranganathan. He’s a graduate of Bob Jones University, with a major in Bible and a minor in Biology. Our last post about him was here: Babu and Pravda: Creationism’s Missing Link.
Babu’s writing is frequently found at the website of Pravda On-Line (or just “Pravda”). As Wikipedia’s article on Pravda tells us, after “Boris Yeltsin shut down the Communist Party and seized all of its property, including Pravda,” many of its journalists and editors launched Pravda Online.
It’s a great embarrassment to the allegedly conservative Discovery Institute in Seattle, but whether they’re in Seattle or in Moscow, creationism’s advocates and apologists are all the same. The only thing they care about is power, and to achieve that they’ll use any tactic and tell any lie. See Creationism, Socialism, and Intelligent Design.
That understood, we present to you, dear reader, some excerpts from Atheism mathematically impossible, which appears in Pravda, a major supporter of creationism.
Observe Babu’s title. As you’ll see, it falsely equates “atheists” with scientists. That’s standard creationist propaganda, and although it’s crude, there’s no device too sleazy for creationism. Okay, you know what to expect. Here it comes, with bold font added by us:
The scientific method cannot be used to prove events which occurred outside of human observation. No one observed the origin of the universe by either chance or design, but scientific evidence via mathematical probability can be used to support either a chance or design origins for the universe.
That’s not the most fouled-up paragraph we’ve ever seen, but it’s definitely a contender. Let’s read on:
Mathematicians have said that any event with odds of 10 to the 50th power or over is impossible even within the entire time frame of the supposed billions of years popularly assigned for the age of the universe. The odds of an average protein molecule coming into existence by chance is 10 to the 65th power. That’s just one protein molecule! Even the simplest cell is composed of millions of them.
That’s even dumber than the earlier paragraph. Hey, Babu: There are 52 playing cards in a deck. The odds against the sequence resulting from a good shuffle 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. To figure out the odds a against any specific shuffle you need to multiply 52 x 51 x 50, etc. Keep going until you get to the last card. That’s what factorial means. Fifty-two factorial is a big number. Guess what, Babu? It works out to be 8.06581752 × 1067. That’s 8 (and a tad more) times 10 to the 67th power.
So according to Babu and his unnamed “mathematicians,” any sequence of a deck of cards is mathematically impossible. But there are decks of cards all over the place — each of them arranged in an impossible sequence. In other words, what Babu is babbling is worthless. We continue:
The great and well-known British scientist Frederick Hoyle showed that the probability of the simplest form of life coming into being by chance is 10 to the 40,000th power. You don’t have to be a theologian to respect such numbers!
Right — that’s known as Hoyle’s fallacy. It’s true, one needn’t be a theologian to “respect” such numbers. But one would have to be a flaming creationist imbecile to imagine that there’s anything of any scientific substance in Babu’s little essay.
Click over to Pravda to read the whole mess — if you like that sort of thing. It’s mostly recycled stuff from Babu’s earlier articles. He never has anything new to say, but he’s always good for a laugh.
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