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God, the Devil, and DarwinA Critique of Intelligent Design Theory$
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Niall Shanks

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195161991

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0195161998.001.0001

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Thermodynamics and the Origins of Order

Thermodynamics and the Origins of Order

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(p.93) 3 Thermodynamics and the Origins of Order
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God, the Devil, and Darwin
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Niall Shanks

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195161998.003.0004

The creationist claim that evolution is inconsistent with the Second Law of Thermodynamics, which states that entropy in the universe increases, is discussed and refuted: local reductions in entropy can be offset against increases in entropy elsewhere, so that the net increase in entropy required by the Law is consistent with local decreases in entropy. It is explained how recent developments in nonequilibrium thermodynamics have shown how physical systems can organize themselves into highly ordered states under the influence of natural laws alone.

Keywords:   entropy, Second Law of Thermodynamics, self-organization, nonequilibrium thermodynamics, creationist

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