This occurred to me while I was reading Dr. Torley’s latest post.
Some Darwinists suggest that at least part of the solution to the mystery of the Cambrian Explosion is expanding the time during which the explosion occurred from ten millions years to 25 million years. Let’s do some math:
Estimated age of the earth: 4.5B years
Beginning of Cambrian explosion: 540M years ago
Estimated Duration 1: 540M to 550M years ago
Estimated Duration 2: 540M to 565M year ago
For perspective let’s put this on a 24 hour clock:
Formation of the earth to beginning of Cambrian explosion: 12:00.01 AM to 9:07 PM
Estimated Duration 1: 9:07 PM to 9:10 PM
Estimated Duration 2: 9:07 PM to 9:15 PM
Suppose two roommates, let’s call them Steve and Larry, leave on a trip just after midnight and they return to their home 24 hours later to find a new car sitting in the garage. They ask two neighbors (Mary and Sue) if they saw anything. Mary says she noticed that the garage door had been open earlier that evening, and she estimates it was probably open between 9:07 PM and 9:10 PM. Sue also saw the garage door open, but she thinks it was between 9:07 PM and 9:15 PM.
The following exchange ensues:
Larry: Wow, someone built a brand new car in our garage earlier this evening.
Steve: Well, the garage door was only open for three minutes. I think a more reasonable explanation is that someone drove it in there and left it.
Larry: Idiot! Your explanation might work if Mary’s three-minute time frame were correct. But Sue is almost certainly correct, and that means the builder had eight whole minutes!
Steve: Uh, OK.