[sword-devel] OT: can you be a Christian evolutionist?
Sun, 23 Dec 2001 16:03:34 +1100
>A similar anology for evolution is the observation that an earthquake which
>struck a quarry was able to loft a rock up one stope. This is then
>extrapolated to ``so it is possible that enough earthquakes would loft the
>rock up all of the stopes and out of the quarry.'' Well, yes, possible. But
The point is, IF the earthquakes lofted all the rocks up the slopes, as
unlikely as that
might be, it would not violate a fundamental physical law called
the law of thermodynamics. The laws of probability however may have
many interesting things to say.
>Since life is the issue being addressed, let's look at it a bit closer. Given
>a universe made entirely out of suitable amino acids, a trillion years, no
>distance effects or waste products, and a stupendous interaction rate, oh,
>and by ignoring numerous structural and supply difficulties, we are able to
>get to the point where a single typical protein is ``only'' out of luck by
>well over a hundred orders of magnitude. What this tells us is that if we see
>a universe with as much as a single protein in it, we are seeing a miracle
>far more staggering than water turning to wine.
That's a good argument based on probability, possible ages for the
Just not about thermodynamics.