Creationist Wisdom #720: Not Falsifiable!

One of our clandestine operatives tipped us off to today’s letter-to-the-editor, which appears in the Roanoke Times of Roanoke, Virginia. It’s titled God invented the universe. The newspaper has a comments section.

Because the writer isn’t a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote him by using his full name. His first name is William. Excerpts from his letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!

After mentioning an earlier letter about a book by Tom Wolfe, which doesn’t interest us, William says the earlier letter writer “hopes someone would tell him about the origin of DNA and the universe.” William responds by saying that the earlier letter writer “is oblivious to the writings that have already explained these mysteries. One of the best selling books of all time already explained it.”

Jeepers, what book is that? William apparently feels it doesn’t need to be identified. He tells us:

Unless Cumming [who wrote the earlier letter] thinks that some fine day, about 13.7 billion years ago, the universe decided to will itself to suddenly pop into existence, out of total nothingness, with a gazillion bazillion tonnes of energy that has kept it expanding at an accelerating rate that is faster than the speed of light, then we need to look at the hypothesis that God did it!

Wow! The universe is expanding faster than the speed of light, and it all started “some fine day.” We certainly do need to look at William’s hypothesis. He says:

That hypothesis [Goddidit!] fully explains all observable factoids [sic].

Yes! William’s hypothesis does explain everything. Why don’t more people understand that? Then he says:

That hypothesis is not falsifiable. Therefore it is the scientific answer unless someone comes up with a better explanation.

[*Curmudgeon’s head has thunderous collision with his desktop*] After that glorious declaration, William tells us:

So until someone can come up with a viable alternative hypothesis, which according to Occam’s Razor must not be more complicated, then the scientific answer is God did it.

We don’t want to mess with Occam’s razor! William’s letter ends with yet another stunningly brilliant statement:

As a lagniappe [good word!] we will also tell Cumming that Darwin style evolution is falsifiable. If any evolution has ever occurred then it was pre-programmed into the DNA.

So there you are, dear reader. In any competition between two hypotheses, the one that can’t be falsified is the winner. Case closed!

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9 responses to “Creationist Wisdom #720: Not Falsifiable!

  1. “Tonnes” of energy?
    E=mc^2 conversion or Air-conditioning repairman? You decide.

  2. Maybe William says “falsifiable” when he means “falsified”? The words sound similar, even more so than “factoid” and “fact”.

  3. Unless Cumming [who wrote the earlier letter] thinks that some fine day, about 13.7 billion years ago, the universe decided to will itself to suddenly pop into existence, out of total nothingness, with a gazillion bazillion tonnes of energy that has kept it expanding at an accelerating rate that is faster than the speed of light, then we need to look at the hypothesis that God did it!

    Groan. “Will itself into existence”? Who said anything about will being a part of the universe’s origin? (Other than religious believers, of course.)

    As for the universe expanding faster than light, this is possible because space itself is expanding at that rate, or, rather, was, in the very beginning, which means that some unknown portion of the cosmos is moving so fast that we’ll never see it directly but only see its effects on the part we can see. Relativity’s speed limit applies only to objects moving relative to a frame of reference; if that frame is moving faster than light, anything in it which is “at rest” with respect to the frame will also be moving faster than light.

    And speaking of the idea that “God did it” as a hypothesis twists that word into knots. A hypothesis is in principle falsifiable (that’s the point of observation and experiments); “God did it” is unfalsifiable, since any observed phenomenon can simply be attributed to Him without the need for proof.

  4. [*Curmudgeon’s head has thunderous collision with his desktop*]

    SC, are you okay? If these imbecilic letters continue they could give you a serious case of concussionitis.

  5. I ain’t no kin to no lagniappe!

  6. Hans-Richard Grümm

    “God-did-X” is not an explanation for X, unless it also tells us why God did not do Y (which we don’t see). Explanation is data reduction. As the saying goes, what could explain everything explains nothing.

  7. That was definitely worthy of a headdesk.

  8. In addition to HRG: unless it also tells us how he did X and which means he used.

  9. It is often amusing when people make statements that prove they have no idea what they are talking about. Friend William’s statement “If any evolution has ever occurred then it was pre-programmed into the DNA.” proves that he knows nothing about either DNA or evolution.

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