ID guys’ lasting fame: Their Erdos–Bacon number!
|August 3, 2013||Posted by News under Culture, News|
Robert Marks II, a computer science prof and ID theorist at Baylor, decided to have some fun with the Erdos number. The what? number? Well, let him tell it:
In films, one’s Bacon number is equal to the number of films you are removed from Kevin Bacon. It turns out that Kevin Bacon was in the movie Planes, Trains, and Automobiles. Ben Stein was also in that movie. This means that all of the intelligent design proponents or opponents that appeared in ExpelledExpelled have a Bacon number of two. This includes Bill Dembski, Paul Nelson, Doug Axe, Richard Sternberg, Guillermo Gonzalez, Caroline Crocker, Steve Meyer, Jonathan Wells, David Berlinski, Richard Dawkins, PZ Myers, Michael Ruse, yours truly, etc., etc.
I have a Erdos number of three. I published with Donald Wunch who published with Haraway who published with Erdos. This means that, since Bill Dembski and I have written a paper together, Bill has an Erdos number of at least four as do all of my fellow co-editors of the recently published Biological Information : Michael Behe, Bruce Gordon, John Sanford and Bill Dembski.
Now here’s where things get exciting!!!
One’s Erdos-Bacon number is equal to the sum of your Erdos number and your Bacon number.
As documented, yours truly has an embarrassingly low Erdos–Bacon number of five. (I am considering having it engraved on my tomb stone.) Bill Dembski has an Erdos–Bacon number of six. This is also the Erdos–Bacon number for Carl Sagan!
(It’s also the Erdos–Bacon number for Danica McKellar who played Winnie Cooper in The Wonder Years.)
Michael Behe appeared in Unlocking the Mystery of Life with Bill Dembski and has an Erdos–Bacon number of seven. Remarkably and impressively, Michael’s Erdos–Bacon number is the same as actress Natalie Portman and Colin Firth!
All of the details are on All of the details are on the Wikipedia page. I know because I updated the page yesterday to include Michael.
Ann Gauger recently published with Winston Ewert, Bill and me in a Biocomplexity paper giving her in the Erdos number of at least four. She was in the (great) documentary Metamorphosis with Paul Nelson who was in Expelled. So her Erdos–Bacon number is seven. Unfortunately I can’t find Metamorphosis in the iMBD database. When it’s there, will put her on the Wikipedia page also.
Note: Marks fully expects trolls to tromp in and erase all his work, so consider UD News your source for this timely and astounding information.