Theories of Evolution

lehn at facstaff.wisc.edu lehn at facstaff.wisc.edu
Mon Aug 22 12:14:22 EST 1994


In article <333gnf$tk at bbs.pnl.gov>, <rs_mckee at pnl.gov> writes:
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> From: rs_mckee at pnl.gov (Robert S. McKee)

> 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. 
>  
Robert,
   
   Perhaps you should go back and study your thermodynamics.  There
is no violation of entropy laws in the process of evolution.  You
cannot apply the "laws" of thermodynamics to only one component of
a system to the exclusion of all other components.



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