SCRABBLE 4'?m2f Evolution, creation, intelligent design

(scene: a card table with two chairs)

AMY -- (enters carrying a scrabble game, crosses to table, puts
game on table, looks both ways, arranges a few tiles on the
board, looks both ways)

LIZ -- (from offstage) You want anything from the fridge?

AMY -- Yeah, I'll have a coke. (straightens, picks up magazine,
turns away when Liz enters, pages through magazine, tries to act

LIZ -- (enters with two drinks) You ready to get wumped?! (gives
one drink to Amy)

AMY -- In your dreams.

LIZ -- I'm only the best scrabble player in three counties.
(bends over table) What's this?

AMY -- What's what? (turns, smirks, drinks)

LIZ -- Very funny.

AMY -- I'm sorry. Did I miss something?

LIZ -- You did this.

AMY -- Did what?

LIZ -- You spelled out "LOSER" with the scrabble tiles.

AMY -- I think your mistaken. That's just a random pile of
scrabble tiles.

LIZ -- I suppose you think this random pile of scrabble tiles
just happened to assemble themselves into a word by chance.

AMY -- It's possible, isn't it?

LIZ -- I doubt it.

AMY -- (turns) How can you say that? There's every letter in the
alphabet in that pile of tiles. They could have arranged
themselves into a word by chance, couldn't they?

LIZ -- You did it. Don't try to deny it.

AMY -- But how do you know that the tiles didn't just assemble
themselves into a word by chance?

LIZ -- The odds are against it.

AMY -- The odds.

LIZ -- Yes. First of all the odds that the scrabble tiles would
assemble themselves into ANY recognizable word is quite remote.
But the odds against the tiles assembling themselves into a word
that has meaning to me has to be at least a hundred to one.

AMY -- A hundred to one.

LIZ -- At least. I'm no mathematician, but it seems to me that
the odds against any specific word assembling itself has to be
something like the number of letters in the word times the
number of letters in the alphabet.

AMY -- In this case 5 times 26. That's 130.

LIZ -- That's right, 130 to one odds against the tiles
assembling themselves into a word. But it could be a factorial
or something, in which case the odds are in the thousands to

AMY -- What if the word was a million or a billion letters long?

LIZ -- The odds would be astronomical. But don't try to wiggle
out of this. You arranged those tiles to spell out a word.

AMY -- So, what you're saying is that you can tell that a little
tiny five letter word is the result of intelligent manipulation.

LIZ -- That's right, and don't try to wiggle out of.... Wait a

AMY -- What's the matter?

LIZ -- You know what's the matter.

AMY -- Was it something I did?

LIZ -- I was wondering why you asked me to play scrabble out of
the clear blue sky. That seemed like an odd request right in the
middle of an argument about evolution.

AMY -- Oh, I did that, didn't I?

LIZ -- Don't act so innocent. You thought you could paint me
into a corner with my own logic.

AMY -- How did I do?

LIZ -- It's not the same thing!

AMY -- It's not? The DNA molecule is intelligent information
about the construction of an entire human body. The words or
genes are millions and billions of letters long. Yet, you think
they could assemble themselves by random shuffling. If you
didn't accept a five letter word by chance, how can you accept a
million letter word by chance?

LIZ -- (exiting) I'm not playing scrabble with you! You don't
play fair.

AMY -- (picks up scrabble board, follows) Oh, look here! There's
another random word assembling itself completely by chance!

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