Peanut butter, a turtle, a caveman, and chimps with typewriters..What do they have in common?

August 29, 2011 at 8:50 am | Posted in creationism, evolution, intelligent design, stupidity | 1 Comment
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Answer:  They have all been used in arguments to disprove evolution.  Here is the latest from Robert Ringer, at World Net Daily (discovered thanks to Ed Brayton) who bills himself as the voice of sanity.  You decide.

As Guy Murchie pointed out in his book “The Seven Mysteries of Life,” an intellectual, long-standing argument for a random universe wherein a seeming miracle such as evolution could take place on its own is that, given enough time, anything – including the evolution of human beings from inanimate matter – is possible.

This argument, said Murchie, is based on the premise that if you could sit enough billions of chimpanzees in front of computers for enough billions of years, random chance would allow them to write all the great works of literature.

Which is a fascinating thought until you consider the mathematics involved. There are approximately 50 possible letters, numbers and punctuation marks on a computer keyboard, and there are 65 character spaces per line in the average book. A chimp would therefore have one in 50 chances of getting the first space on the first line correct.

Since the same is true of the second space on that line, the chimp would have one chance in 50 x 50, or 502, of getting both spaces right (meaning just the first two letters of the first word of just one of the great works of literature). For all 65 spaces on the first line, the figure would jump to 5065, which is equal to 10110.

How big is 10110? According to physicist George Gamow, said Murchie, it is a thousand times greater than the total number of vibrations made by all of the atoms in the universe since the Big Bang!

Conclusion: It doesn’t matter how many chimpanzees or how much time you allow, not even one line of one great work could come into existence through pure chance. Given that you are infinitely more complex than a single line in a book, what are the odds that you, with all of your billions of precise, specialized cells, accidentally evolved from “primordial soup” over a period of a few billion years?

Thus, evolution in a random universe – i.e., a universe without a Supreme Power Source – would appear to be a mathematical impossibility. As with such phenomena as wind and gravity, it would seem that the only way evolution could have come into existence is through the work of a Higher Power that is beyond human understanding. Not an old man in the sky, as atheists like to mockingly portray this Power, but an invisible, conscious source of power that man can never hope to comprehend.

If Atheists left America

August 29, 2011 at 8:02 am | Posted in Atheism, Religion | 1 Comment
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Burgled from No Godz.  I am willing to bet the farm that the letter to the editor and the FaceBook comments are by those who consider themselves to be good…oh hell, I can’t even type the word anymore…you fill in the blank.  I have no doubt that there is a degree of bias here, but thought it worth sharing nonetheless.

Highlighting what would happen if all atheists were to leave America. Details of who would leave, what would change, and a look at other countries with virtually no Atheism.

SOURCES:
Over 10% of American population are atheist:
http://www.atheistempire.com/reference/stats/index.php

Less than 0.25% of prisoners are atheist:
http://holysmoke.org/icr-pri.htm

Majority of Nobel Prize winners atheist:
The Religiosity and Religious Affiliation of Nobel Prize Winners (Beit-Hallahmi, 1989)

Majority of University professors atheist:
Religion and Spirituality among University Scientists (Ecklund, 2007)

Majority of scientists atheist:
http://freethoughtpedia.com/wiki/Scientists_and_atheism

Atheist Intellectuals:
http://brainz.org/50-most-brilliant-atheists-all-time/
http://www.celebatheists.com/?title=Category:Atheist

Atheist Celebrities:
http://www.celebatheists.com/?title=Main_Page

Poverty rate lower among atheists:
Society Without God (Zuckerman, 2008)

IQ higher among atheists:
http://www.interfaith.org/2008/06/20/study-links-atheism-to-high-iq/

Illiteracy rate lower among atheists:
United Nations Human Development Report (2004)

Average Income higher among atheists:
United Nations Human Development Report (2004)

Divorce rate lower among atheists:

http://www.religioustolerance.org/chr_dira.htm

Teen pregnancy rate lower among atheists:
http://www.americablog.com/2009/01/red-states-dominate-teen-pregnancy.html

Abortions lower among atheists:
Cross-National Correlations of Quantifiable Societal Health with Popular Religiosity and Secularism in the Prosperous Democracies: A First Look (Paul, 2005)

STD infection lower among atheists:
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article571206.ece

Crime rate lower among atheists:
Cross-National Correlations of Quantifiable Societal Health with Popular Religiosity and Secularism in the Prosperous Democracies: A First Look (Paul, 2005)

Homicide rate lower among atheists:
Cross-National Correlations of Quantifiable Societal Health with Popular Religiosity and Secularism in the Prosperous Democracies: A First Look (Paul, 2005)

Percentage of atheists in the countries mentioned:
http://www.adherents.com


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