Theories of Evolution
gordonr at CC.UManitoba.CA
Sat Aug 20 09:34:41 EST 1994
There are two problems with the simple idea that entropy increase is
incompatible with evolution: 1) biological evolution occurs in open,
nonequilibrium systems, which can actually provide organized pathways
for increased entropy production; 2) in an expanding universe (and
perhaps an expanding diversity of creatures), the value of the maximum
entropy keeps increasing. See:
Brooks, D. R. & E. O. Wiley (1986). Evolution as Entropy, Toward a Unified
Theory of Biology. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Brooks, D. R. & E. O. Wiley, (1988). Evolution as Entropy, Toward a
Unified Theory of Biology, (rev. ed.) Chicago: University of Chicago
Seielstad, G. A. (1989). At the Heart of the Web: The Inevitable Genesis
of Intelligent Life. Boston: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich.
Weber, B. H., D. J. Depew & J. D. Smith (eds.), (1988). Entropy,
Information, and Evolution: New Perspectives on Physical and Biological
Evolution, Cambridge: MIT Press.
-Dick Gordon, U. Manitoba[Aug20,94]
On 19 Aug 1994, Robert S. McKee wrote:
> In article <brjot1.29.2E5045A0 at MFS01.cc.monash.edu.au>, brjot1 at MFS01.cc.monash.edu.au (Benjamin Jotkowitz) says:
> >Could someone please explain to me simply the theories of Darwin, Lamarck
> >and others on human evolution. References would also be appreciated.
> > With thanks in advance,
> > Benji.
> Simply stated, evolution is the belief that physical systems (in this case biological systems)
> spontaneously through random processes organize themselves into states of
> higher-order. Unfortunately, this violates the entropy laws which tell us that all physical
> systems tend toward greater disorder.
> Ref: Thermodynamics With an Introduction to Thermostatistics,
> Herbert B. Callen, 3rd ed.
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