As I read The Skeptic's Dictionary entry on The Bible Code I began to wonder, what if there is a Skeptic's Code hidden in the Dictionary? What if that code is so subtle and hard to detect that even the author, Robert T. Carroll (RTC or "Bobby the Bright") , doesn't know it is there? What would the code say? Who could be real author influencing RTC from behind the scenes?
I decided that the content of the hidden messages would depend on who the hidden author was so I started to look and here are some of the results I got.
If God did influence RTC I think He would throw a little bit of irony into His message and through hidden codes have the arch-atheist RTC say "JESUS DIED on the CROSS for my SINS".
On the Celestine Prophecy page at an offset of 343 and a step of 79 in a 13x28 matrix I found exactly those words. The Celestine Prophecy page is only 3755 characters long, so to find these four words together is pretty remarkable:
He would probably also want RTC to proclaim that "JESUS ROSE and He LIVES".
I found that in the Myers-Briggs page at an offset of 2000 with a step of 213 in a little 18x13 matrix:
I looked in the Acupuncture entry (where else would a druggie, comfortable with needles, put his messages?) and using an offset of 692 and a step of 103 I found that "ELVIS RULES ROCK and ROLL" in a 56x17 character matrix:
The odds against those words appearing in this matrix is more than ten million to one.
Not only that, but in the same Acupuncture file I found "BLUE SUEDE SHOES" in a tiny 40x17 matrix at an offset of 3830 and a step of 317
The odds against those words appearing in this matrix is more than a million to one.
The probability of finding these words in a matrix this small is so miniscule that I don't trust the result I got when I did the calculation. Its even smaller than any of the others, do the math yourself and check it out.
I guess science wins out in the end.
__File__ c:/SkepDicCode/data\acupunc.txt 8524
ELVIS 5 1929 112
ELVIS 5 7772 -1080
. . .
RULES 5 141 966
RULES 5 694 413
RULES 5 1513 916
. . .
BLUE 4 3676 -445 1462
BLUE 4 3859 -366 952
. . .
SUEDE 5 5416 -308
SHOES 5 4483 314
SHOES 5 5152 442
. . .
ROCK 4 2395 -210
. . .
The BestResult program output the name of the file it found the phrase in,
the starting position of the matrix, the line step, number of columns and
number of rows in the matrix. For each word in the phrase it output a line
with the word, the starting position of the word and the skip between the
letters of the word. The output looks like this:
__File__ c:/SkepDicCode/data\acupunc.txt 692 103 56
__Word__ ELVIS 1929 112
__Word__ RULES 694 413
__Word__ ROCK 2395 -210
__Word__ ROLL 1742 -95
I was surprised that the step that finds the words (FindPhrase) was
relatively trivial to write, especially when following the tip given to Dave
Thomas by Brendan McKay at http://www.nmsr.org/biblecod.htm:
You focus on those letters of the text that match the first letter
of the desired hidden word, and then find letters matching the second letter
of the desired word. For each two-letter pair, check the location of the third
letter in the pattern; if it matches your desired word, keep going, otherwise
move on to the next pair.
On the other hand, creating the matrices was much more challenging and I'm sure there must be an easier way to do it.
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