Location: Champ’s Clock Shop, Douglasville, GA
Dr Rob describes a contentious idea: the Waiting Time Problem. Mathematical simulations tells us that the rise of specific new mutations would take a fantastically long time. This is a serious challenge to evolution. Yet, most people misunderstand the problem. We are not talking about the time it takes for a new mutation to appear but the time it takes a new mutation to appear multiple times (because most new mutations are lost to genetic drift) plus the time it takes the lucky surviving mutation to spread through the entire population and completely replace the original variant. The numbers are shocking. Even the simplest 1-letter change would take longer than evolution allows, but 2-letter and longer combinations are orders of magnitude worse.
Notes and links:
- Sanford et al. 2015. The waiting time problem in a model hominin population. Theoretical Biology and Medical Modelling 12:18.
- Carter R 2019. A successful decade for Mendel’s Accountant. Journal of Creation 33(2):51–56.
- The Antikythera Mechanism
- Harrison’ clocks and the Longitude problem
- Rupe and Sanford. 2013. Using numerical simulation to better understand fixation rates, and establishment of a new principle: Haldane’s Ratchet. Proceedings of the
7th International Conference on Creationism, Article 32.
- Batten D. 2005. Haldane’s Dilemma has not been solved. Journal of Creation 19(1):20–21.
- ReMine W. 2010. Cost theory and the cost of substitution—a clarification. Journal of Creation 19(1):113–125.