But sanctify the Lord God in your heart and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear.

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Second, what rules define which rules in the program get used and when?  The universe is constructed based on laws, or programming rules, which determine if - then relationships.  But why were these laws used?  In other words, why is the universe as it is instead of some other type of universe?  Dawkins says because this is what was produced.  If it did not produce us we would not be here to ask "Why us."  But this is exactly the type of answer the evolutionists condemn creationists for making.  It is a statement of faith.

Third, there are many factors that would affect a mutation in a population.  A mutation most likely would either hurt the organism or have no effect on it all.  (See the article "Mutation" in the Christian Apologist.)  Apply this simulation to the production of a simple computer program.  (Let us set aside the problems mentioned earlier about the origination of the machinery needed to produce such character strings, and let us set aside the problem of determining which sets of character strings are the governing ones.) For instance, take the simple BASIC command: PRINT "Howdy."  If any character of the string in the simple command "PRINT" were either transposed or replaced, the command would not work.  It would return an error.  In real life, an organism that returns an error dies or fails to survive.  In addition, not only would the program return an error if altered, but if any character of the output string "Howdy" were either transposed or replaced, the meaning would be nonsensical, depending on the situation.

But if an organism is not viable, it does not live long enough to pass the trait on and that trait ends there.   So regardless of how many small steps are taken (and the smallest trait change in the character string "PRINT" would be a one letter change), a single step change would completely render the program useless.  In biology, a single point mutation may not render the organism useless but it may cause it harm.  A popular example of a harmful single point mutation would be sickle-cell disease.  While that mutation may yield a temporary environmental advantage, it provides no new genomic information.  There just simply is no evidence that mutations add information to the genome in the way that evolutionists need it to do.

When actual monkeys are used, the result is somewhat different from what is found in thought experiments.  In 2003, the BBC reported an experiment by the University of Plymouth in which a single typewriter was placed in a cage with six monkeys.  After a month of the monkeys destroying the computer using it as a lavatory, all that was produced was a series of letters consisting mostly of the letter "s."  Here is the actual document in .pdf format.  Dr. Amy Plowman, the scientific officer of the Paignton Zoo, where the experiment was held, said "The work was interesting but had little scientific value, except to show that the 'infinite monkey' theory is flawed."  However, Mike Phillips, the director of the university's Institute of Digital Arts and Technology "denied the project was a disaster and said they had learned 'an awful lot.'"

Eric L. Padgett


 

 

 
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