Misunderstanding of the theory of evolution by creationists.

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28 Aug 2012, 4:34 pm

Fnord wrote:
There are Creationists who don't even understand the full scope of Thermodynamics. They say that the 1st law prohibits the "Big Bang" (something from nothing), and that the 2nd law prohibits an increase in genetic information (entropy). Even if this were true, I remember a little-known quantum principle that goes something like "For extremely small scales, matter is created and destroyed at random; and order arises from disorder, and then back again", thus allowing a 'window' for the "Big Bang" to occur, and for DNA to increase in complexity over long periods of time. I'd have to do some digging on this one, but I think Feynman had a lot to say on the topic.

Also, recall that the second law of thermodynamics only applies closed systems, not to open systems where energy can escape into the environment. Living organisms are not closed systems, so the second law of thermodynamics do not apply and total entropy still increases if we include both the organism and the environment.