Posted: Mar 30, 2016 3:50 pm
by Thommo
blue triangle wrote:
Thommo wrote:So, performing one of dozens of similar arbitrary operations to bible verses gives something that should only happen about 1 in 90,000 times.

Generously assuming there are only 10 such similar methods, that means that this is an amazing feat if there are substantially less than 9,000 verses in the bible. Say, for instance if there were 900 verse in the bible*, then it would be as remarkable as a 1 in 10 chance, say picking a card at random from a deck and it being a 7 or something equally unbelievable.


* ... _the_Bible
There are 23,145 verses in the Old Testament and 7,957 verses in the New Testament. This gives a total of 31,102 verses

One of the significant features here is that it is the Bible's first verse and John's first verse, not one from the middle of the Bible. There are about 31000 verses in the Bible and so finding something this close to pi once is not that amazing. Finding it in the very first verse is amazing. Finding e in another, meaningfully-related first verse, encoded the same way and to the same degree of accuracy, the equal and opposite errors cancelling out almost exactly, is astounding!

Do you actually believe this rubbish? There's nothing astounding about it at all.

There are (literally) infinitely many different ways you can assign combinations of symbols to numbers. Allowing yourself the freedom to make up the rules governing the assignment retroactively is the same as shooting at the side of the barn and then drawing the target circles around the holes.

You could do this with any old text you like, it's a complete waste of everyone's time and it's been done in a million ways by a million people. Check out someone's thread about "amazing" mathematics, for just one example of how deep people troubled by mental health issues can go.