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Revised age of the universe doesn't jibe

Published: March 30, 2013
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“Scientists rethink universe” (Associated Press, March 24) stated that scientists now calculate the age of the universe at 13.8 billion years. The “big bang” is listed as a figurative 0-60 mph in thousandths of a second, bringing the universe from nothing to that of what we see in today's world. Many bright individuals are involved — astronomers, planetary physicists, etc. — but another group not mentioned is very much a part of the debate. What about the anthropologists who give no credit to creationism but relate everything to the process of “evolution”?

It's been said and “proven” (how, I don't know) that it would take 26.2 billion years for humans as we know them today to evolve into their current forms. So, the age of the universe is 13.8 billion years and the evolution of humans took 26.2 billion years. My math teachers taught me that 13.8 billion minus 26.2 billion results in a negative number. Something doesn't add up! Would the planetary astronomers pick up the telephone and talk to the anthropologists to resolve a conflict that my third-grade math teacher said wasn't possible?

James Claflin, Edmond