# The Math of the Great Flood

I was surprised to find very few places where the math of Noah's flood was discussed, so I made this video to illustrate the scale of what the bible describe...

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Comment by Jim Scotti on June 2, 2010 at 12:42am
Nicely done. But you did forget to include the volume of all the land masses above sea level which would lower the volume of water required by a little bit (I'm guessing less than 1%). Not enough to invalidate the argument, mind you, but enough to give the true believers a tiny crack to attempt to gain foothold in..... Also, (nit pick, nit pick... :0) the Earths mean radius is 6378km. If Spock is around, he'll probably add a decimal place or two or give you the dimensions of the oblate spheroid that is the actual shape of the planet.
Comment by Wesley on June 2, 2010 at 12:42am
Great Video.
Comment by Dustin on July 4, 2011 at 1:14am

Very good video!  But you failed to calculate the extra space given for smaller animals to sit in the MOUTHS of the larger ones.  I am sure a few hippos could hold a few chickens and mice :D :D :D

Comment by Brad Reddekopp on July 4, 2011 at 3:37pm

Well done.

Perhaps you're already aware of the kinds of wacky objections you'd get from the Kent Hovinds of the world but I'll repeat a couple of them just for laughs.

They'd claim that the great mountain ranges, such as the Himalayas, didn't exist before the flood but, rather, were pushed up by the great weight of the flood water.  If so, a bit less water would be required.  (Never mind that we know that Mount Everest is about 60 million years old.)

They'd also reduce the number of animals the Ark would need to carry by insisting on the biblical term "kinds" rather than counting species.  So, for example, not every species of deer would necessarily need to be saved, just one to represent the "kind", a term that is sufficiently vague to allow the biblical literalists to shape it to suit their needs where ever needed.  Mind you, that would require some really, really fast evolution in the 4000 or so years since the flood is supposed to have occurred but I suppose they'd rather believe in that than believe that the whole thing is a mere story that the Hebrews borrowed from the Sumerians.

Comment by Chris on July 4, 2011 at 11:23pm
I like it. but you already identified the actual issue: believers have miracles. It is good to force them into those miracles, at least, but as long as they have them their faith is safe.
Comment by William C. Walker on July 5, 2011 at 1:13am
The only math you need consider is the temperature at the top of Mount Everest. How many animals, - including humans would survive the hypothermia that prevails at that altitude ?
Comment by Albert Bakker on July 5, 2011 at 1:33am

Kent Hovind, oh man, I laughed so hard about him it's embarrassing. You have to listen to Irreligiosophy if you didn't already. Episodes 47, 96 and 97 are about his "doctoral dissertation."

(They have stuff about "the flood" too, but I fear Kent Hovind will be the death of me as I suffocate in a laughing stupor.")

Comment by Moral Atheist on July 5, 2011 at 2:45pm
Love It! Now we need the math on how population grew to the required size in the 4,000 years since the flood. Not just to modern day. Also to build the pyramids. Or the many years of war in the Eastern countries. How the number of Egyptian rulers could fit into that time. Anyone know where there is a good account of this before I start doing my own research?
Comment by Kevin on July 6, 2011 at 2:28am
Not to dis-allusion anyone but there are floods to day and even predicted by some, so at one time a guy predicted a flood build a boat took his farm animals and floated around in a sea for awhile then hit land and sensationalism sets in and rumors turn to stories and fables become sensationalized truths, mankind as mankind is takes the truth of a story sensationalizes it and manipulates people with it and we sit here later debating the possibilities of the sensationalized part of an actual probability...come on rational minds debating if mountains were under water...are we using our rational minds...no I believe not!
Comment by Brad Reddekopp on July 6, 2011 at 3:40am
@Kevin  I think we all know that the Noahic Flood didn't happen and couldn't have happened but that doesn't mean we can't have a bit of fun pointing out the various absurdities inherent in taking the myth literally.  :-)

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