This letter-to-the-editor appears at the website of the Oklahoman of Oklahoma City, the capital of and largest city in the state of Oklahoma. The letter is titled Revised age of the universe doesn’t jibe. We’ll give you a few excerpts, enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary, and some bold font for emphasis. As we usually do we’ll omit the writer’s name and city. Okay, here we go:
“Scientists rethink universe” (Associated Press, March 24) stated that scientists now calculate the age of the universe at 13.8 billion years.
He’s probably referring to this: Scientists find universe is 80 million years older. What insights does our letter-writer gain from this news? Stick around, dear reader. You’ll be amazed:
The “big bang” is listed as a figurative 0-60 mph in thousandths of a second, bringing the universe from nothing to that of what we see in today’s world.
We don’t know what he’s talking about, but let’s read on:
Many bright individuals are involved — astronomers, planetary physicists, etc. — but another group not mentioned is very much a part of the debate. What about the anthropologists who give no credit to creationism but relate everything to the process of “evolution”?
Anthropologists? Like Indiana Jones? They relate everything to evolution? Well, maybe specialists in biological anthropology. [Correction: Oops, Indy was an archeologist.] The letter continues:
It’s been said and “proven” (how, I don’t know) that it would take 26.2 billion years for humans as we know them today to evolve into their current forms.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Who said that? We can’t even find it at creationist websites. Well, there’s this at Answers in Genesis: Evolution — No Chance in a Billion Years. Here’s more:
So, the age of the universe is 13.8 billion years and the evolution of humans took 26.2 billion years. My math teachers taught me that 13.8 billion minus 26.2 billion results in a negative number. Something doesn’t add up!
Golly, he’s right! The numbers don’t work. Here’s the end of the letter:
Would the planetary astronomers pick up the telephone and talk to the anthropologists to resolve a conflict that my third-grade math teacher said wasn’t possible?
The letter-writer is wise to ignore the cosmologists and the evolutionary biologists. If anyone can figure this out, it’s the anthropologists and the planetary astronomers. Oh, there’s a later letter in the same newspaper that responds to this letter. That’s Anthropologists give no credit to creationism.
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