6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Looking for Mr. Goodcode,
By A Customer
This review is from: The Genesis Code: The Scientific Search for the Existence of God (Hardcover)
Very interesting. Very readable. Very human. To his credit, Satinover says that the validity of the codes is not what anchors his belief in divine inspiration of the Torah. I like the book and have been learning more and more about the codes. I gave the book a five because I averaged two things: a "10" for the way the book is written (and therefore reads)and a "0" for the validity of the codes. Mark twain said it best: "There are lies, damned lies and statistics." The incredible odds cited ("p-values")imply that there is only one conclusion: that the things found encrypted in the Torah could only have been encoded by G-d. There is another explanation. The statistics cited are not relevant. The researchers have not asked the right question. The analogy is: I parked next to a car today and noticed that licensce plate was XLT 557. What are the chances that I would park next to the car with that plate? Obviously, since my state (I'm guessing) has 8,000,000 private cars, the chance is 1 in 8-million. But I'm asking the wrong question. The correct question is what is the chance that today I will park next to a car with a license plate that is 1 of 8,000,000. The answer to that (the correct) question is 1 out of 1, ie, certainty. What initially seemed like an incredible situation is in fact pretty dull. There are many other complicated refutations of the codes that can be examined. What is still interesting, though, is how the Jews calculated the lunar month, and also (not covered in Satinover's book) the proscriptions regarding hygiene and sanitation in the Torah that were good "advice" to avoid infection, passing on disease, etc. In the end, I would not say don't read this, just keep in mind that the codes are by no means as "proven" as some would like to believe.
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