Originally posted by stuff1"
10 to the power of 1025
How can we put that number in context? Well if you accept that the universe is Billions of years old than there are only 10 to the power of 17 seconds
in the History of time!!!! Even if the "God of time" where to randomly pick Amino Acids every second of the universe there would not even be close
to the proper amount of time 10 to 17 vs 10 to 1025. Not even close!!
I think the problem here is that you don't understand probability. No offence.
let me illustrate:
The odds of being dealt a royal flush are 649,739 : 1.
I'm not a major poker player, but I play a little. Maybe a dozen times a year over the last 10. Let's say, for the sake of argument, that I have
played 10 times a year, and that each time I played, I was dealt a total of... 50 hands, for the sake of argument. that would mean that I've been
dealt 5000 hands over the last decade. At least.
Yet somehow, sitting here, I can remember being dealt no fewer than six royal flushes.
Using your application of probability, I would have had to have been dealt 3,898,494 hands to have been dealt 6 royal flushes - and at 50 hands per
game, 10 times a year, that would take me 7,796 years.
Once you get your head around that, I'd suggest reading up on biology. To take your "american flag from a plane" idea - you're missing the central
idea of biological evolution - in a nutshell, that what is correct stays, and what is incorrect doesn't. If we're really going to compare this plane
idea to evolution, we should apply evolutionary thinking to the problem, so:
First flyover: nothing but white. A few thousand gallons should do it.
now, while the plane is being refilled, let's mask off the places that are supposed to be white. They're supposed to be white, so they can stay.
That's more in line with how evolution works.
Second flyover: red.
Now, we mask off the red as well. Because they're supposed to be red. Not white, and certainly not blue.
Third flyover: blue.
Now we can head down, peel off the masking tape, give a proper burial to all the poor red white and blue birdies and squirrels and so on, and enjoy
our flag. 3 passes, and it's done.