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Creation 40(3):55, July 2018

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What’s your address?


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One little-known problem is that of addresses. Most Western countries use a hierarchical system that numbers houses on a street, within a city, within a territory, within a country. That works well enough for some places, but street names can be repetitive or very easily confused with each other (Park Street vs Park Drive vs Park Circle, for instance), and this has consequences ranging from the minorly annoying to life-threatening (e.g. if an ambulance can’t find a critically ill patient). And in very rural places or developing countries, this is not the best or most practical way to address.

One universal way to address places is with GPS coordinates, but a string of numbers is hard to remember, and transposing two numbers can put someone far off their intended destination. So a team translated GPS coordinates into 3-word-strings to create What3Words. This system divides the earth’s surface into some 57 trillion squares each of three square metres, and gives each its own three-word address. For instance, ‘prices.slippery.traps’ will locate the Eiffel Tower, and Sydney Opera House is found by going to ‘tiny.loses.tree’.1

Nigeria recently adopted this system as the official system for its mail. A news report states that “a poor address system has been a serious concern for citizens”. Only 20% of Nigerian houses have addresses where mail can be delivered, and this also has implications for access to other services. Nigerian officials hope to increase this number to 70 percent using What3Words.2

Living things have their own ‘address problem’. Proteins are created in one place and transported to another where they are actually used. But there any many different destinations, so how does each protein get to where it needs to go? Tiny walking machines called kinesin motors carry protein packets to their destination within a cell.3 They know where to go because the “proteins carry signals that act as ZIP [postal] codes, helping them to find their correct locations within the cell.” The discoverer of this signal, cellular and molecular biologist Dr Günter Blobel (b. 1936), won the 1999 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.

When this addressing system goes wrong, it causes serious health problems such as cystic fibrosis and other hereditary illnesses.4 Unfortunately, after the Fall, the superbly designed processes in the human body, created in original perfection, have broken down in various ways. But how can evolution explain the origin of such a well-designed system?

References and notes

  1. See map.What3Words.com. Return to text.
  2. Moyer, E., High-tech snail-mail service What3words goes big in Africa, cnet.com, 2 August 2017. Return to text.
  3. See Smith, C., Incredible kinesin! creation.com/incredible-kinesin, 26 June 2012. Return to text.
  4. Altman, L., Rockefeller U. biologist wins Nobel Prize for protein cell research, New York Times, 12 October 1999; nytimes.com. Return to text.

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Readers’ comments

David C.
Does this mean that God designed the overarching mechanism that triggers all break downs and Adam flicked the switch to activate it?
Lita Cosner
In this case, it's not so much that God designed a switch that triggered at the fall, but that part of the Fall included an overall breakdown which sometimes affects our genetics, and this is an example.
Mike D.
It's Amazing how like this is. How simple examples exposes evolution yet they refuse to acknowledge it. It obviously takes an ID to design a postal delivery system. Yet this even more complex system designs itself by natural causes. Yea, ok then. Proving Romans Chapter 1 again. Man's "wisdom" is to God "foolishness!!
Norman P.
Doesn't God's creation wonderfully reflect the orderly way things work! "And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day" (Genesis 1:21). Over time, God's word brings civilized infrastructure in space and time to human society, and with it, a recognition of individual freedom - freedom to obey and individually respond to his saving grace (1 Timothy 2:1-6). And from thence, to the Lamb's Book of Life, a New Creation, and a new name and address: 'Emmanuel's Mansions', 'My Father's House', 'New Jerusalem' (Revelation 3:12).
Miss Yvonne R.
As always in every way for every reason know the LORD JESUS as LORD and SAVIOUR. He is our guide in our time of need. That indeed requires all the people in every situation to be well prepared. How is a building built or a spacecraft to the moon. I am researching place names and surnames for the 1800's, indexing alphabetically. When a person wants to know where their ancestor was located, I can give them a list of that surname / placename. In this block of units, a particular postman leaves parcels at the wrong entrance. Lack of comprehension comes by leaving to chance, Knowledge is the essence, whatever our profession / employment.
Leonie E.
This is brilliant! I've put it on Fb., particularly to a friend of mine who used to be a postie in Australia, and told him that it was right up his alley - God gave me that pun, as I only worked out it was a pun AFTER I finished typing it! lol
Rodney P.
Thanks, Lita, awesome information brilliantly and vividly communicated.
Gina T.
Just love the clip on the Kinesin Motor. I show it to my Bible in School classes and at church. The design, complexity, engineering, order, and speed at which these things operate is so completely over the top! Praise God!

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