The Second Law of Thermodynamics,
Evolution, and Probability
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reationists believe that the second law of thermodynamics does not permit order to arise from disorder, and therefore the macro evolution of complex living things from single-celled ancestors could not have occurred. The creationist argument is based on their interpretation of the relationship between probability and a thermodynamic property called "entropy."
By way of background, and in order to clarify the creationist position, let me quote from the creationist literature:
The Remarkable Birth of Planet Earth, by Henry Morris:
(p. 14) All processes manifest a tendency toward decay and disintegration, with a net increase in what is called the entropy, or state of randomness or disorder, of the system. This is called the Second Law of Thermodynamics.
(p. 19) There is a universal tendency for all systems to go from order to disorder, as stated in the Second Law, and this tendency can only be arrested and reversed under very special circumstances. We have already seen, in Chapter I, that disorder can never produce order through any kind of random process. There must be present some form of code or program, to direct the ordering process, and this code must contain at least as much "information" as is needed to provide this direction.
Furthermore, there must be present some kind of mechanism for converting the environmental energy into the energy required to produce the higher organization of the system involved.
Thus, any system that experiences even a temporary growth in order and complexity must not only be "open" to the sun's energy but must also contain a "program" to direct the growth and a "mechanism" to energize the growth.
Scientific Creationism, edited by Henry Morris:
(p.25) The Second Law (Law of Energy Decay) states that every system left to its own devices always tends to move from order to disorder, its energy tending to be transformed into lower levels of availability, finally reaching the state of complete randomness and unavailability for further work.
Of course, the creationist application of the second law of thermodynamics to the development of living things is inconsistent with any model of origins. Creationists get around this problem by invoking the supernatural:How to season salmon? What does trademark mean? Where can i watch old dogs, new tricks? What does a purple heart mean? How to keep stink bugs away? regulatory t cells can be converted into pro-inflammatory helper t cells by which cytokine: What does it mean when it says instagram user? Tips on how to study better? What is the meaning of scrumptious? What is barback meaning? How to do tricks with a juul? How long to cook steak tips on stove? How to make stickers? What county is chicago in? What does as mean? How to heal pokemon in pokemon go? What is minting nft? What does # mean? How to do laundry? How to stop coughing immediately? What does el mean? 5. what is the lcc number for the title: is our memory playing tricks? the case of déjà vu? What does smf mean? What does cia stand for? What is the meaning of alma? Safety tips when building a computer? What is the meaning of snapdragon processor? What is the meaning behind juneteenth? How to get rid of crackling when breathing? Ask me how i know meaning? How would you improve this course meaning? how do i delete ip helper from windows 7 What does a miscarriage look like at 4 weeks? What does indent mean? What is the meaning of alden? What does guinea mean? What is the meaning of hislerim? What is the meaning of gusto? What does a wasp sting look like? What time does burlington close today? Tips how to manage band? How to do advanced tricks nba vol 2? Tips on how to trap a mole? How to clean beauty blender? What are frappuccino chips?