Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Argus Leader of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. It’s titled Evolution ‘too complicated’ to be random. An icon below the headline takes you to the newspaper’s comments feature.
Because the writer isn’t a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote him by using his full name. We’ll use only his first name, which is Olin. Excerpts from his letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!
I was in a one-room country school back in the 1930s. One day the teacher gathered the students around her and read from a new science book telling us that we’d evolved from monkeys. In childish awe, I asked, “How come they didn’t all turn?”
Even as a child, Olin had enough brains to ask the most profound question of all: Why are there still monkeys? What answer did he get? He tells us:
The teacher laughed heartily, but didn’t answer my question. I thought, “That must have been a dumb question. I’m going to find out why.” I’m now 88 years old, but I don’t know why? If it ever happened.
After a lifetime of questioning, Olin still doesn’t have the answer. He’s unaware that ol’ Hambo’s Answers in Genesis outfit doesn’t recommend that question any more — see If We Evolved From Monkeys, Then Why …? But Olin has more questions. He lists them:
Beyond a theory, do you know what kind of power, force and energy is evolution?
Where does it dwell? Come from? Go to?
When does it work? Species dying all the time.
You can’t answer Olin’s questions, can you? Let’s read on:
On Saturday, Dec. 11, 1982, page 7A of the Argus Leader told about Sir Fred Hoyle and Chandra Wickramasinghe writing a book, “Evolution from Space.”
Olin still has the newspaper from 1982? BWAHAHAHAHAHA! We can’t find that article, but it doesn’t matter. He tells us what it says:
1. Too complicated – biomolecules too complex to happen randomly.
2. Odds are one to 10 to the 40,000th power.
3. Darwinian evolution is most unlikely to get even one polypeptide right, let alone the thousands on which living cells depend for survival.
That sounds like Hoyle. The Wikipedia article on Fred Hoyle mentions the book. It even tells us: “Hoyle calculated that the chance of obtaining the required set of enzymes for even the simplest living cell without panspermia was one in 1040,000.” So Olin got it right — more or less. But Hoyle is also notorious for the junkyard tornado argument.
Here’s the end of the letter, and Olin has another expert for you. Besides Hoyle he’s got Einstein:
Albert Einstein, “I’m convinced God doesn’t throw dice.”
You didn’t know Einstein was a creationist, did you? Great letter, Olin!
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