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Comment by Loren Miller on February 13, 2015 at 8:21am

Any mechanical or structural engineer worth his salt would tell you that a wooden ship of the dimensions specified in the bible would be a nightmare for one simple reason: strength of materials.  WOOD FLEXES, boys and girls ... and there is a reason why ships that size have THICK METAL HULLS!

Per usual, you can't tell the creationists that.

Comment by Pat on February 13, 2015 at 8:12am

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 9, 2015 at 6:39pm

The Noah story, preposterous as it as, was a fun story to teach to my Sunday school classes. We got all dressed up as different animals and walked up a ramp. 

The skeptoid article surely puts things into perspective. 

137 meters long = 449.47 feet i.e. 44 +- stories of a building

23 meters wide = 75.45 feet wide ie. 7 + stories of a building

14 meters high = 45.9 feet high ie. 4 + stories of a building. 

I think it was in Dunning's piece that a respondent said it wasn't made of wood, it might have been made of reeds. I suppose in the way of Kon Tiki. Well, that means 449'x 75' x 45' of reeds. Ya! Likely.  


Comment by Grinning Cat on February 9, 2015 at 4:00pm

Exactly -- the square-cube law makes massive structures unintuitively fragile. A wooden ship the purported size of Noah's Ark would flex and leak.

(Not to mention, how would they clean out all the poop?)

Brian Dunning points out in his Skeptoid article that if divine intervention somehow resulted in a workable, seaworthy ship, "why have the entire flood at all, when divine intervention could have simply struck down the evil humans"?

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 9, 2015 at 2:00pm

Even if he had used a decacubit instead of a cubit, it still wouldn't have held all the animals and their food.  And, of course, it would have collapsed under it's own weight long before it was finished.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 9, 2015 at 1:51pm

Comment by Joseph P on February 8, 2015 at 9:52am

Yeah, even with all of the miraculous stuff removed, as in the Jefferson Bible, there's still a great deal of stuff that's completely wrong.  Anything before about 700 BCE is most likely completely fabricated or borrowed from other myths, and the whole Jesus narrative is corrupted beyond belief, even if there was a reason person who did any of the things claimed in the Gospels.

Time to just scrub it and reconstruct everything from scratch, from more reliable, archaeological evidence.

Comment by sk8eycat on February 7, 2015 at 9:55pm

What's the point of updating/rewriting the buybull?  Just add on the copyright page that it is a work of fiction (or fantasy), and that any resemblance to any persons, living or dead, is a deliberate attempt to scam people.

Comment by Daniel W on February 7, 2015 at 8:41pm
Patricia, Excellent joke!
Rocky, I guess it's up to us to write the full system update of the Bible.
Comment by sk8eycat on February 7, 2015 at 5:34pm

I've never seen "Steambath" in a live theatre production, but when Hollywood Television Theatre produced it for PBS, it ran on KCET (Los Angeles) every night for a week, and I watched every night.  It totally captivated me, and was what got me to get up off my ass and volunteer at the station.  Which led to a paid staff job just in time for the original "Cosmos" start-up.

So, I am eternally grateful to Bruce J. Friedman for showing me that there was more to TV than cop shows and Julia Child (although I loved her humor and sensible way of cooking a LOT.)


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