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A bit (binary digit) is the smallest piece of information conceivable. Apart from The Sun.

Relation to computers[edit]

Bits are heavily used in the computer industry. Each bit in a traditional computer architecture has a determinate value of either 0 or 1.[note 1] The 0-or-1 value can be then interpreted either numerically for constructing larger numbers (using the base-2 numeral system), or as false or true (respectively). The latter interpretation can then be used for logical (or conditional) computations. A modern computer can contain many billions bits in memory alone, and the demand is skyrocketing. Luckily, bits seem to be a renewable resource.

Relation to creationism[edit]

The concept of a bit is unique in that it is the only truly irreducibly complex object known. In most cases, when creationists are asked how much they actually know about evolution, a truthful yet diplomatic answer would be "a bit". In real life that doesn't happen, possibly because they believe bits of information can be complex and/or specified.

In many cases, creationists believe that they possess this mythical kind of information, resulting in their hallmark state of being perpetually not even wrong.

Notes[edit]

  1. In contrast, quantum computers use qubits.

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