Friday, January 24, 2014 4:42 AM

Too Foolish to be a Theory

Friday, January 24, 2014 4:42 AM
Friday, January 24, 2014 4:42 AM

Too Foolish to be a Theory

To understand how much information is in a strand of DNA and how impossible this strand of DNA could randomly form a living creature, we must have some insight into large numbers. Here is some insights taken from a Webster Kehr article.

How many different ways can we uniquely order (i.e. how many different permutations) four of the four "letters” that are in a strand of DNA: A, C, G, T? These 4 letters represent the four different types of nucleotides, which are the key molecules which make up DNA. The answer, of course, is 44. The study of permutations of nucleotides is at the heart and soul of the evolution debate.

 Let us ask, how many permutations are there in a string of 150 nucleotides? There are 4150 permutations. This looks like a small number. Do you think you could list all of the different permutations? Just how big is this small-looking number?

 A galaxy in our Universe consists of about 100 billion stars. Our sun, for example, is really a star. If you were several light-years away (a "light-year" is the distance the speed of light would travel in one year), and you looked at our sun from far away; our sun would look like any other star.

 So how many galaxies are there in our Universe…about 100 billion galaxies, which have an average size of about 100 billion stars?

 Yet, there are 100 billion galaxies and 100 billion stars, on average, in each galaxy. This is a total of about 10,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 stars in our Universe. This is 1022 stars.

 Now that we have talked about big things, let's talk about little things - atoms. Atoms are very small. They are so small it would take about 5 million million hydrogen atoms to fill an area the size of the head of a pin. This is 5 x 1012 or 5,000,000,000,000 atoms in an area the size of the head of a pin!!

 Yet, in spite of these huge and small numbers, there are only about 1080 atoms in our entire Universe!!!

 The number we just talked about (4150) is BIGGER than the number 1080. In fact, 4150 is approximately equal to 1090.

In other words, we could order 150 nucleotides in more unique ways than there are atoms in our entire Universe!!

 Are you beginning to see the power of permutations? They look small, but in fact they are huge!!! But human DNA does not contain 150 nucleotides, it includes: 3,000,000,000 pairs of nucleotides.

To even believe that random creation of life could happen is to believe in elves, the tooth fairy, Easter bunny, and vampires…evolution is too foolish to even be a theory.

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