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by Craig Cottongim
Darwin didn't have an explanation for what sparked life, and as far as I know he didn't try to explain how life began. An assistant professor at MIT supposedly has taken up Darwin's mantle and will fill in the gaps of Darwinism with the Statistical physics of self-replication and he'll explain biological self-organization with the very concept Christians have tried to use to disprove the possibility of evolution...
Jeremy England will attempt to make the case that the Second Law of Thermodynamics (entropy, which is disorder, and where everything eventually goes to a steady state/equilibrium because energy disperses over time) can not just help life begin, the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics requires life will begin (given the right circumstances he adds). My first thought as I read about England's theory was his work will probably end much like the once celebrated Miller-Urey experiments. Click here on to read how far off Miller-Urey missed the point
This idea isn't entirely original. Back in seminary over ten years ago I was reading similar theories that claimed entropy didn't disprove evolution, because of how stalactites, tornadoes, snowflakes, and crystals form randomly. Note, these non-living, fairly simple configurations of material do not go on to spawn more complexity. The reality is, if you leave a box of nails and pile of wood outside, it won't jumpstart itself into a house, instead it all disintegrates because of entropy. What England adds to discussion is that entropy not only won't eliminate creative capacities, it drives creativity.
England's ideas are not far from those of Lawrence Krauss who says energy and matter can spontaneously appear Ex Nihilo. England, Krauss, and others have pulled a fairly cool sleight of hand over on people. To say that life, or matter, or energy can spontaneously self-create and appear requires quite a leap of faith. Not a leap of faith that's based on common sense or with rational proofs and good reason, but a leap of irrational faith…
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