Wednesday, May 16, 2007

It's in the code, don't you know?

PaV at uncommondescent is excited because someone has encoded Einstein's famous equation and the year he thought of it, as "e=mc^2 1905!" into DNA. Let's look at how the researchers actually did this. A bit technical, the message "e=mc^2 1905!" was converted to hexadecimal code according to the Keyboard scan code (set 2) and binary code was generated by four-bit representation of each hexadecimal number. The four nucleotide bases DNA (A, C, G and T) were used to represent the actual binary number using a scheme where AA=0000, CA=0001, GA=0010 etc. With this in mind, PaV asks:

If You Found E=mc2 in DNA, Would You Believe in ID?

In order for us to find the relevant message (e=mc^2 1905!) in the first place we have to know what kind of code the designer used when encrypting his message. This is helpfully supplied in the article where this research was published. The question is, then, how are ID proponents supposed to find any messages encoded by their designer? This designer sure didn't publish anything enabling us to decrypt it's messages. Are they going to search all possible encryption mechanism until they manage to find something that remotely resembles a message we can understand? As the first commenter to PaV's post, russ, writes:

Yes, but then the guy who “solves the code” will be labeled a creationist, fired from his job, and labeled a fraud. That’s because nature is quite capable of encoding “E=MC2″ and “1905″ if given enough time.

Actually, nature could encode that in no time. With an arbitrary choice of code, ANYTHING could read "e=mc^2 1905!". Is this going to turn into a "Bible code" circus?


At 7:05 PM, Blogger John Pieret said...

This designer sure didn't publish anything enabling us to decrypt it's messages.

Why, sure he did! It's right there in the Bible ... once we figure out the Bible Code stuff.


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