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The Probability Bomb — 7 Comments

    • Our ancestors thought the world was flat. Our generation thinks that the UNIVERSE is flat. Strange how the same sort of category errors crop up, innit?

      • Well, societies change, technology changes but people don’t, not really.

        I get the feeling we haven’t quite caught up with the world we’ve built. You ever notice that we have difficult processing beyond certain numbers? Weather its people, time, space or money beyond a certain point it stops seeming real.

        For example: Dunbar’s number is a theory that suggest that people can only comfortable maintain stable social relationships with around 150 people, which would often be the maximum size of tribes/settlements in the past.

        Unless your willing to put the time and effort into researching some of these things in depth, many people would prefer to have a simple answer that lets them just get on with their lives. And can you blame them? They’ve got lives to live, not every can take the time to contemplate the universe.

        It like we can say ‘infinite’ but do we really understand it? We live our lives surrounded by finite things

  1. while I have zero problem with the concept of God the Creator,
    and believe in Jesus Christ,
    the whole ‘earth is 6000 years old’ is nowhere in the Bible.
    that was calculated by a Catholic Bishop who just simply added up
    the mentioned ages of everyone mentioned in the Bible, assumed
    there were no generations that were not mentioned and came up with that number.
    and my understanding of papers written by Hebrew and Aramaic scholars
    is that the term in those languages does not translate directly to days.
    the English Bible which I read was not translated from Hebrew
    it was translated from Latin, which was translated from Greek
    which was translated from Hebrew and if you put a copy of the English and the Latin next to each other you can see that there have been definite changes from one to the other(and yes, I can read some Latin)

    • True, the 6,000 years is only a ballpark educated guess. But the difference between 6,000 years and a few tens of thousands is infinitesimal compared to the difference between a few tens of thousands and the billions of years proposed— and desperately needed— by atheists.

      No, the King James was translated from the Greek and Hebrew texts, not the Latin Vulgate.

      And yes. the first six days were DAYS. Yom, hebrew word meaning one night and one day. And if you were slow, “and the evening and the morning were the Nth day” spelled it out.

      Why are Christians so ready to toss aside the bible the moment some self-important twit in a lab coat stands up and makes a proclamation? Even though these evolutionary experts and dogmatics are continually contradicting themselves and cannot even agree on the most simple of questions? Even though thousands of others, just as learned if not more, who even have solid evidence on their side, disagree with them? http://www.answersingenesis.org

  2. oh and physicists don’t think the universe is a plane
    but rather a hypersphere (nobody can agree on how many dimensions)
    thus having no center point since everything is on the surface of the sphere
    so everything expands away from everything else, and if you went in a perfectly straight line you’d eventually come back to your starting point.

  3. Okay…I really, really like your comic. The problem is…this is a STRAWMAN ARGUMENT. Namely, it entirely misrepresents how scientists measure the average age of the universe. The biggest one?

    https://www.quora.com/How-is-time-dilation-handled-while-calculating-the-age-of-the-universe

    They actually DO have data to calculate the spread, and can counteract time dilation. Essentially, you’re doing the equivalent of, when someone estimates “This will take aboutt X amount of time to fall in a vacuum”, asking “Did you calculate the mass of the object?” (If you don’t know why this is a problem…in a vacuum, mass CANCELS OUT.)

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