RE: response to an antitheist on thermodynamics (fwd)
David Campbell (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Thu, 28 Aug 1997 19:56:58 -0400
>> [dp] How can you agree to my first statement that the 2nd Law
>>applies to all systems, yet then state that the 2nd Law has nothing direct
>>ot say with regard to the validity of the theory of evolution (from which
>>all systems are supposed to arise)? Is your keyboard hinged in the middle?
>> Are these kind of logical loopty-loops expected of everyone on this list?
Part of the problem here is that "dp" seems to have a very different idea
of "the theory of evolution" than most folks on this list. "I don't
believe in evolution" often is used to reject an old age for the universe;
ideas about the formation of the universe, galaxies, stars, etc.;
biological evolution beyond some level; or any line of evidence that may
support these or disprove the speaker's ideas. The second law of
thermodynamics has very little to say about biological evolution [i.e.,
genetic change in populations over time]. Because the sun is continually
supplying energy to the earth, most of which is radiated into space as heat
and thereby increasing the entropy of this part of the universe, a local
increase in order here on earth does not violate the general increase in
entropy stated in the 2nd law. Entropy increase provides some general
constraints, but few details.