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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