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Hydrogen is an odorless colorless gas which, given enough time, turns into people

A good poster for: Physicists and Scientists

A bad poster for: Creationists

 Based on a quote by Edward R Harrison, found here.

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21 comments:

lo0ping0 said...

Yes, it was a reddit quote. Unfortunately, its not entirely accurate in its hint of destiny. We are immeasurably fortunate to have turned up; as Stephen Jay Gould says, turning the clock back again would very likely NOT yield humans.

hereicomeworld said...

Would it still yield cats?

Richard said...

I understand the sentiment, but there is a problem with the logic. Saying that hydrogen will turn into people is like looking at a winning lottery ticket and saying that anytime new numbers fall out of the lottery drum this ticket will win again and again.

KT Roughneck said...

Thanks for that, Captain Buzzkill.

Omar said...

Yes, what of the cats?

tamtrible said...

I think it depends on your definition of "people". I suspect, if you rewound the clock, you probably wouldn't get Homo sapiens again (without divine guidance, at least). But I suspect, given enough time, you *would* get people again, if you define "person" as "self-aware intelligent being" or somesuch instead of "Member of the species Homo sapiens".

Daniel said...

I think "something" would emerge, that would imaging the above stated qoute. (Ah, yes - years later someone would post it in somtehing like the internet, and something else would draw a picture about it. And something would comment that picture, that .... )

Mark said...

Ok. People are a maybe. As for cats?

evil-otto said...

I see that hydrogen looks a lot like His Noodly Goodness.

DD said...

It says "given enough time." If you give hydrogen an infinite amount of time it will turn into everything possible.

Sy said...

@ lo0ping0

Erm nooooooooooooooooo.

1. Destiny exists in thoughtless processes, so the earth and life will be present again.

2. We are not aware of this change, so if this universe were to be replayed it will probably go as it did before.

Greg Tener said...

Including cats?

David Beecher said...

Seriously....doesnt' anybody care about the cats?

Reed said...

I'm a creationist, and I think your poster is awesome!

Adam said...

@Sy

The most accurate branch of physics we have, quantum mechanics, VERY strongly supports the notion that "destiny" does not exist. Many macroscopic things are the result of random microscopic interactions. In other words, we VERY probably wouldn't get the same thing if we started the universe again

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Unknown said...

All things just happened randomly? Does quantum physics take into account the thermodynamics? If it is, what about it then? The law of attraction and repulsion is just another random thing? Why then we have different electronegativities for different atoms?

Junaid said...

I am a creationist and I have a simple question ... Where did Hydrogen come from?

Junaid said...

Another question from a silly Creationist ... Who created TIME itself in which this Hydrogen atom is doing everything?

pqrs6 said...

Hydrogen is composed of up and down quarks and electrons, which in turn were formed during the Big Bang; the particles and their anti-particles were formed by the sheer energy of everything in the universe being crammed into a single point. Time is defined as the direction of the universe's disorder increasing; eggs do not uncrack, the directions of eggshells breaking is part of how time is defined.

As for why everything was crammed into such a small space, or why it began expanding? That much is unclear. You can ascribe it to Allah or God or whatever you'd like, but many things that have been ascribed to a higher power have been deftly described by science. We are questioning this hypothesis constantly, which I find infinitely more exciting than accepting God as the answer to every question.

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