By: Simon Ewins
To: Marty Leipzig
Re: Mating with Apes!
SE> I like to see some real answers to the above. Try not to dance,
SE> A: What are the odds?
SE> B: How are/were they calculated?
ML> Hoyle and Wickramsinghe, deja vu all ovre again.
I once read the transcript of Wickramasinghe's testimony at the Arkansas
trial of ACT 590. Apparently the creationists actually flew Chandra
Wickramasinghe to the 1982 "Balanced Treatment of Creation-Science [sic] and
Evolution-Science Act" trial held in Little Rock Arkansas (as their star
witness!). When cross-examined about the young earth creationist notion that
the universe was 10,000 years old, his reply was "one would have to be crazy
to believe that". Could any rational scientist believe that the earth's
geology can be explained by a single catastrophe? "No". Could any rational
scientist believe that the earth was less than one million years old? "No".
Wickramasinghe's firm understanding of biology was brought forth by asking
him to read a passage from _Evolution From Space_ which claimed that insects
are in fact smarter than humans but are being very careful to not let on.
These statements ended up completely undermining the case of the team who
paid his air fare. Judge Overton expressed confusion as to why the defense
recruited Wickramasinghe; he ended up assuming that it must have been
because Wickramasinghe was critical of both evolution and the scientific
I wasn't aware that this 'odds' nonsense also originated with this bozo (and
Mr. Hoyle). I understand that Mr. Wickramasinghe fancies himself as a
mathematician, so that might explain the basis of the delusion. Thanks for
pointing it out to me.