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23 March 1999

Dr. Marilyn vos Savant
"Ask Marilyn"
711 Third Ave.
New York, N.Y. 10017

RE: My letter from 14 Feb 1995
Dear Dr. vos Savant:

Perhaps you could suspend the entertainment for just one column.

On 18 February 1999, Peter Jennings on the ABC evening news opened a news story by stating that the DNA strands of one human baby would stretch from the Sun to Pluto and back, fifteen times. You have tipped your hat on several occasions, indicating your evolutionary bias. As one of the foremost champions of common sense as well as ever reminding us readers of the power of logical thinking when it comes to probabilities, you seem to display an incredible hypocrisy regarding random-chance evolutionary processes supposedly leading to life.

You can have Faith in any process you wish, but I challenge you to demonstrate for all of us doubters just how and why you base your faith in evolution on the science of mathematics. For all of us readers who keep getting the probabilities wrong, please address the mathematical chances of obtaining the staggering information content of any living creature by chance. Who better than you, can shed some light on this divisive question that gets debated in all of our institutions of society?

Do something for mankind, and show people (who will never take the time to perform the calculations themselves) just what logical thinking concludes about this question. I contend that evolutionary proponents - you included - have either never personally done the mathematics, or have simply chosen to believe beyond science. Either prove me wrong, or else state your beliefs as Faith, not Science, in the future.


David E. Stoltzmann
368 N. 9th Street
Bayport, MN 55003-1145