Margaret Hunter, who owns Bible Charts and Timelines of Duck, West Virginia, stated in an interview, "I realized the twelve items listed in the Genesis creation account are confirmed by scientists today as being in the correct order, starting with light being separated from darkness, plants coming before animals and ending with man. Think of the problem like this. Take a deck of cards. Keep just one suit—let’s say hearts. Toss out the ace. Hand the remaining twelve cards to a one year old child. Ask him/her to hand you the cards one at a time. In order. What are the chances said toddler will start with the two and give them all to you in order right up to the king?"
Not very high, Hunter correctly states. "Being a mathematician, I like thinking about things like this," she says. "Moses had less than one chance in 479 million of just correctly guessing [the sequence of the creation account]. To me, the simplest explanation is Moses got it straight from the Creator."
Righty-o. This just brings up a few questions in my mind, to wit:
- Are you serious?
- Where did you get your degree in mathematics? Big Bob's Discount Diploma Warehouse?
- There's a town called "Duck, West Virginia?"
- the Earth
- day & night
- dry land
- seed-bearing plants with fruit
- the Sun, Moon, and stars
- water creatures
- land animals (presumably birds don't count)
But of course, the problems don't end there. Birds before the rest of "land animals?" Plants before the Sun and Moon? The plants are actually the ones on the list that are the most wildly out of order -- seed-bearing plants didn't evolve until the late Devonian, a long time after "water creatures" (the Devonian is sometimes called "the Age of Fish," after all), and an even longer time (about 4.5 billion years, to be precise) after the formation of the Sun. Humans do come in the correct place, right there at the end, but the rest of it seems like kind of a hash.
So by Hunter's brilliant mathematics, if putting the twelve events of creation in the right order has a 1 in 479 million likelihood of happening by chance, then the likelihood of putting them in the wrong order by chance is 478,999,999 in 479 million. Which is what happened. Leading us to the inevitable conclusion, so well supported by the available hard evidence, that Moses was just making shit up.
You know, I really wish you creationists would stop even pretending that this nonsense is scientific. Just stick with your "the bible says it, I believe it, and that settles it" approach, because every time you dabble your toes in the Great Ocean of Science, you end up getting knocked over by a wave and eating a mouthful of sand. And it's becoming kind of embarrassing to watch, frankly. Thank you.